Biography for Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
Nickname: Arnie, Austrian Oak, Conan the Republican, Styrian Oak, The Governator
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Growing up in a small, isolated village in Austria, he turned to bodybuilding as his ticket to a better life. Prior to that he served a mandatory one year in the Austrian military (beginning in 1965). After conquering the world as arguably the greatest bodybuilder who ever lived, he went to America to make his name in motion pictures. Hampered by his impossible name and thick accent, success eluded him for many years. It wasn't until he found the tailor-made role of Conan that he truly came into his own as a performer. A succession of over-the-top action films made him an international box office star. By alternating violent action films with lighter, comedic fare, he has solidified his position as one of the most popular - if not the most popular - movie stars in the world. After his long, and successful movie career, he ran in the California recall. He is now the Governor of California, yet again another celebrity to be elected to the position.
(26 April 1986 - present) 4 children
Frequent movie line "I'll be back"
Often has his character say comedic one liners that puncuate the action.
Many of his films have his characters doing feats of strength to match his muscular look, eg Commando (1985) where he is first seen in the film carrying a whole tree trunk on his shoulder.
Frequently has some type of action scene in bathrooms. (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), True Lies (1994) and Kindergarten Cop (1990)).
Ranked #20 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Fourth child, a boy, born. [27 September 1997]
Underwent heart surgery to correct a congenital heart valve condition. [April 1997]
Called by the Guinness Book of World Records, "the most perfectly developed man in the history of the world."
Noted fan of cigar smoking.
His voice in "Hercules" was dubbed.
Was part-owner of Planet Hollywood and Schatzi restaurants.
Advocate for the Republican party.
He reprised his Terminator character for the theme park attraction "T2-3D", a short film which uses an enhanced 3-D process that makes the film really appear to jump out at you.
His production company is 'Oak Productions'.
Became a US citizen. 
His wife Maria is the niece of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.
Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Superior with a major in international marketing of fitness and business administration. 
Sold his Planet Hollywood stock off and is no longer a part owner of the chain. (2000)
The soccer stadium in Graz, Austria (his home town) is named after him.
Was considered for the title role in the 1970s TV series "The Incredible Hulk" (1978), but was reportedly deemed not tall enough. His former bodybuilding competitor, Lou Ferrigno, ultimately won the part.
After leaving Austria for the first time, he came to England to work, earning under ?30 a week.
Received an Honorary Doctorate from his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin Superior, in 1996 in recognition of his charitable works.
Son-in-law of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
At his bodybuilding peak his chest was 57", waist 34", biceps 22", thighs 28?", calves 20", and his competition weight was 235 lbs (260 lbs off-season).
He and Warner Bros. agreed to postpone the release of Collateral Damage (2002) indefinitely in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks on America. The plot centers around a firefighter who lost his family in a terrorist bomb attack. [September 2001]
7 September 2001 - Sues International Game Technology for the unauthorized use of his voice and likeness in slot machine games. His lawyer told the press he was seeking $20 million in damages, which is the amount he believes he would have received had he approved the use.
Childhood friends stated that he often said his goals in life were to move to America, become an actor, and marry a Kennedy. He accomplished all three.
Son of a police officer.
Underwent a genioplasty -- a procedure in which his jaw has been moved back so that it no longer juts out.
Cousin-in-law of Christopher Lawford
Was the first private citizen in the U.S. to own a Humvee (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle).
Lobbying in May 2002 to promote anti-juvenile delinquency initiative on California ballot that would commit the state to allocate $400 million for extracurricular activities and tutoring for students, kindergarten through ninth grade.
Received an honorary doctorate from Chapman University in Orange, California. [June 2002]
Franco Columbu was best man at Arnold's wedding.
Underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff as a result of an injury on the set of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003). Was in a sling for 3-4 weeks, but it was not expected to delay the completion of the movie. [29 January 2003]
Ranked #9 in Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990s (2003)
The character Rainier Wolfecastle in "The Simpsons" (1989) is based on him.
Won Mr. Olympia title seven times (1970-1975, 1980).
James Cameron orginally wanted him for the role of Kyle Reese in The Terminator (1984), but when Arnold walked into the restaurant to meet Cameron about the role, Cameron took one look at him and said "You're a machine!" and that's why he got the role of The Terminator.
Announced his candidacy for the Governorship of California on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) on August 6, 2003.
Suffered a back injury (among other various assorted injuries) while filming Conan the Barbarian (1982) when the dogs who were chasing him jumped him from behind and he fell down the rock he was climbing to escape them.
In Demolition Man (1993), Sandra Bullock's character Lenina Huxley is telling Sylvester Stallone's character John Spartan about the Arnold Schwarzenegger Presidential Library, explaining that, based on the sheer popularity of Schwarzenegger's movies, a Constitutional amendment was passed in order for Schwarzenegger to run for President, which, according to Huxley, he did. In 2003, ten years after this film's release, Schwarzenegger ran for the office of Governor of California, and won the election on 7 October 2003. While Schwarzenegger is not eligible to run for the presidency by present laws (as a naturalized citizen, not a born citizen as required by the Constitution), most past presidents have been governors of their respective home states. Members of Congress are currently considering an amendment to the Constitution to allowforeign-born US citizens to be allowed to run for the