Ranked #20 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]

Children with Maria Shriver: Katherine Schwarzenegger (b. December 13, 1989), Christina Schwarzenegger (C. Maria Aurelia S.) (b. July 23, 1991), Patrick Schwarzenegger (b. September 18, 1993) and Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger (b. September 27, 1997). He is also the father of Joseph Baena (b. October 2, 1997) with Mildred Patricia Baena who was housekeeper in the family until 2011.

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 in New York (1970) 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 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996), a short film which uses an enhanced 3-D process that makes the film really appear to jump out at the audience.

His production company is Oak Productions.

1983: Became a US citizen.

His wife Maria Shriver is a niece of the late 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. [1979]

Sold off his Planet Hollywood stock 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 recognition of his charitable works. [1996]

Son-in-law of Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

At his bodybuilding peak his chest was 57", waist 34", biceps 22", thighs 28½", 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]

9/7/01: 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.

Underwent a genioplasty -- a procedure in which his jaw has been moved back so that it no longer juts out.

Was the first private citizen in the U.S. to own a Humvee (High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle).

Lobbied 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. [May 2002]

Received an honorary doctorate from Chapman University in Orange, CA. [June 2002]

Franco Columbu was best man at Arnold's wedding.

1/29/03: 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 three to four weeks, but it was not expected to delay the completion of the movie.

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 originally wanted him for the role of Kyle Reese in The Terminator (1984), but after reading the script, Arnold asked Cameron to let him play the part of the Machine. Cameron replied "No, no! Reese is the star! He's the big hero! And the Terminator hardly has any lines!" but Arnold asked him to "trust me".

8/6/03: Announced his candidacy for the Governorship of California on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992).

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 native-born citizen as required by the Constitution), most past presidents have been governors of their respective home states. Some members of Congress are currently considering an amendment to the Constitution to allow foreign-born US citizens to be allowed to run for the Presidency, specifically with Schwarzenegger in mind, although other members of Congress are strongly opposed to the idea.

Had one elder brother, Meinhard (1946-1971).

His mother was Aurelia Schwarzenegger (born Jadrny) (2 July 1922 - 2 August 1998) and his father was Gustav Schwarzenegger (Graz, 17 August 1907 - 1 December 1972), married in Murzsteg, 20 October 1945. His mother's surname is Czech.

10/7/03: Was elected Governor of California as a Republican.

Turned down the role of John McClane in Die Hard (1988). The role went to Bruce Willis instead. Ironically, Willis has a line in the film where he says that the terrorists "have enough explosives to orbit Arnold Schwarzenegger".

TV Guide selected Arnold Schwarzenegger's announcement on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) to run for Governor of California as the greatest TV moment of 2003.

Said that filming the climatic fight at the end of Predator (1987) was made difficult by the fact that the late Kevin Peter Hall, who played the Predator, couldn't see through his mask.

Has the record for winning the most major bodybuilding events in history, 13 (1 Mr. Junior Western Europe, 7 Mr. Olympias, and 5 Mr. Universes).

After he had started lifting weights as a teenager, he noticed that his body was becoming disproportionate. His arms, shoulders and chest were developing nicely, but his calves and lower legs weren't coming along as he wanted. To motivate himself to work harder on his calves, he cut off all of his pants (trousers) at the knee. Walking around like that, people would look at (and maybe even laugh at) the big man with 'chicken' legs. It worked.

His father, Gustav Schwarzenegger, nicknamed him "Cinderella" as a child and his older brother, Meinhard, constantly picked on him growing up. Both men were killed while driving under the influence.

Only the second governor in California's history to be born in a foreign country. John Downey, the 7th Governor of California, was born in Ireland and served from 1860-1862.

Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les Guignols de l'info (1988).

Went AWOL from the Austrian army to enter his first bodybuilding contest.

Stumped for President George W. Bush the weekend before his re-election in Ohio, as Schwarzenegger has always had a strong relationship with Ohio.

He was voted the 53rd Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Has played a character who died in only five of his films: The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), End of Days (1999) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and _Terminator: Genisys (2015)_ (the original T-800 who's chip was used to time travel to 2018. Arnold's primary T800 character, however, survived, being "upgraded" to T1000 status).

Was considered for the role of the gentle giant Fezzik in the 1970s when William Goldman's book "The Princess Bride" was first proposed to be made into a film (The Princess Bride (1987)).

Had his first romantic scene in a movie with actress Sandahl Bergman, in Conan the Barbarian (1982).

Is good friends with fellow bodybuilder Sven-Ole Thorsen who, ironically, portrayed "Thorgrim," one of his leading foes, in Conan the Barbarian (1982).

Turned down a request to reprise his Conan character in Kull the Conqueror (1997) (originally titled "Conan the Conqueror"). Also, he was supposed to play Conan in Red Sonja (1985), though ultimately, a new character was created who was essentially Conan in everything but name.

Is the only person to receive Razzie nominations for Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Couple (with himself cloned) in the same year. All for the same movie, The 6th Day (2000).

His life strangely mirrors the life of Conan from Conan the Barbarian (1982). Conan was born in a small village and grew up to be a physically powerful man, due to years of slavery. After winning great fame as a gladiator, he is given to wine and women, but later rejects this hedonistic lifestyle and goes on to perform great heroic feats and eventually is crowned king. Arnold was born in a small Austrian town and took up weightlifting as he got older. After achieving success as a bodybuilder, he indulged in drug abuse and womanizing, but he later rejected this and went on to become a vocal supporter of social causes, and was eventually elected governor of California.

Performed many of his own stunts in his films, owing largely to the fact that it was hard to find stunt doubles who matched his size. Billy D. Lucas, Joel Kramer and Peter Kent eventually became his personal stunt doubles and close friends.

His famous line "I'll be back", which originated from The Terminator (1984), was originally written as "I'll come back".

Initially refused to star in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) because James Cameron, who created the character and directed the first two films, would not be directing the third installment. Arnold tried to persuade Cameron to do the third film but Cameron declined and, feeling that the Terminator character was as much Arnold's as it was his own, Cameron advised Arnold to just do the third film and ask for a lot of money.

While filming the behind the scenes documentary for the special edition DVD of Conan the Barbarian (1982), the microphone hit him in the head at the end of the interview, to which he immediately joked "You see, I can't even do an interview about Conan without getting hurt".

Addressed the Republican National Convention. [2004]

The etymology for Arnold is "Eagle Power."

Grew up in a house that had no phone, no fridge and no toilet.

Was the spokesperson for Japanese DirecTV, a competitor to Quentin Tarantino's endorsed local satellite TV operator SkyperfecTV.

Was considered for the title role in Flash Gordon (1980). The part eventually went to Sam J. Jones instead, because producer Dino De Laurentiis felt Schwarzenegger's German accent was ill-suited for this role. DeLaurentiis (in his heavy Italian accent) told Schwarzenegger, "You have an accent! I cannot use you for Flash Gordon! No! Flash Gordon has no accent! I cannot use you! No!" Ironically, Jones had to temporarily get rid of his own Texas accent for said role.

While filming Predator (1987) he became close friends with co- star Jesse Ventura, who was also later elected a state governor (Minnesota).

John Milius originally intended him to do the narration of Conan the Barbarian (1982) but the studio didn't trust his accent, so the narration was performed by Mako instead, who played the wizard.

Withdrew from the city of Graz the right to use his name in association with its soccer stadium and returned his "Ehrenring" (ring of honor) after some politicians in the town had started a campaign against Schwarzenegger due to his refusal to stop the execution of convicted killer Stanley Tookie Williams (20 December 2005).

The Green Party of Austria has resolved to strip Schwarzenegger of his Austrian citizenship due to his support for the death penalty.

12/12/05: As governor, he refused to grant clemency to convicted quadruple murderer and former gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams, who had been on Death Row for 24 years.

He was soundly defeated on all four propositions of his "special election", which cost the state of California an estimated $45 million. Schwarzenegger accepted personal responsibility for the defeat, and appointed a Democrat as his new Chief of Staff. [November 2005]

Second actor to be elected Governor of California. The first was Ronald Reagan.

Broke six ribs in a motorcycle crash. [December 2001]

He and his 11-year-old son Patrick were injured in a traffic accident when a car ran into Arnold's motorcycle. Patrick was in a sidecar. Arnold received 15 stitches. [February 2005]

He has been nominated for a Razzie Award as Worst Actor eight times during his career, and in 2004 received a special award for being the "Worst Razzie Loser of Our First 25 Years."

His performance as The Terminator in the "Terminator" films is ranked #40 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Was asked to reprise his "Dutch" character from the first Predator (1987) film for the sequel, but he declined because he didn't like the script. He chose to do Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) instead.

Children - Katherine Eunice (born December 13, 1989), Christina Maria Aurelia (born July 23, 1991), Patrick Arnold (born September 18, 1993) and Christopher Sargent Shriver (September 27, 1997).

Was asked to appear in a sequel to his 1985 film Commando (1985) but declined.

He keeps the sword he used in Conan the Barbarian (1982) in the Governor's office in California.

11/7/06: Easily re-elected as Governor of California.

He is the first member of the Kennedy family to become a state Governor.

12/23/06: Broke his right femur while skiing in Sun Valley, ID.

Although German is his native language, all his movies have been dubbed into German by Thomas Danneberg for the German-speaking market because his strong Austrian accent doesn't fit with the type of roles he plays.

He joined President George Bush in New Hampshire and asked voters to "send a message to Pat Buchanan: Hasta la vista, baby". [1992]

Related to actor George Wyner, who is also a close friend.

Early in his career he appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game (1965).

Was considered for the role of Judge Dredd in Judge Dredd (1995) in the early development stages. The part went to fellow Planet Hollywood founder Sylvester Stallone.

In his childhood considered John Wayne his idol and role model. As Governor of California, he issued a proclamation making 26 May 2007 "John Wayne Day" in the state.

Producer Joel Silver wanted Schwarzenegger to play "Doctor Manhattan" in a film adaptation of Alan Moore's graphic novel Watchmen (2009) at one point.

Acted with another future governor, Jesse Ventura, of Minnesota, in Predator (1987) , The Running Man (1987), and Batman and Robin (1997).

Had stitches in his hand from the taking-off-airplane-to-tarmac stunt he performed for Commando (1985).

Late October 2007: Personally flew to Malibu, CA, to survey the damage done by wildfires before any other politician, including the President.

Was attached to do another film adaptation of the pulp hero Doc Savage (after the failed 1975 film) in the late 1990s, but the project never got off the ground.

Publicly endorsed his close friend Senator John McCain's bid to win the Republican nomination for the 2008 presidential election.

He ended his association with Planet Hollywood early in 2000, saying the investment had not had the level of success he had expected.

He saved a man's life while on vacation in Hawaii in 2004 by swimming into the sea to rescue him from drowning.

Considered for the role of "Robert Neville" in I Am Legend (2007) back in 1996, with Ridley Scott as the director.

As an environmentally conscious politician, always uses carbon credits when flying between his governor's office in Sacramento to his house in L.A., California.

Turned down the role of Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket (1987) and opted to do The Running Man (1987) instead.

Was the original choice to play the title character in RoboCop (1987).

Attended the funeral of Ronald Reagan in 2004, whom he considered a great hero.

Due to the dismal failure of Conan the Destroyer (1984), Schwarzenegger rarely ever did sequels to his own movies. He's turned down sequels to Commando (1985), Predator (1987), Total Recall (1990) and True Lies (1994), as well as the third "Conan" film which became Kull the Conqueror (1997). The only exceptions that he has made are Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), The Expendables 2 (2012), The Expendables 3 (2014) and Terminator Genisys (2015).

Honored by the Congressional Award in Washington, DC on June 25, 2002 with the Horizon Award. The Horizon Award is a special recognition from the Joint Leadership of the United States Congress and the Congressional Award Board of Directors. The Horizon Award is presented to individuals from the private sectors who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.

Was good friends with WWE Hall of Famer André the Giant.

Other than Around the World in 80 Days (2004), in which he only appeared in a supporting role, has starred in three movies with the word "Day" in the title, and all three make a biblical reference: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), End of Days (1999) and The 6th Day (2000). Was also considered for the main role in Strange Days (1995) but the job went to Ralph Fiennes instead.

Has been crucified in two movies: Conan the Barbarian (1982) and End of Days (1999), where he was tied to a cross.

Was seriously considered for the role of "Dr. Manhattan/Jon Osterman" in one of the many failed attempts at adapting Alan Moore's "Watchmen" into film. Ultimately, director Zack Snyder cast Billy Crudup for the 2009 adaptation.

The character "Arnold the Pitbull", featured on Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), voiced by Rob Paulsen, was a parody of him.

Was considered for the role of Harry Stamper in Armageddon (1998).

Was considered for the role of President James Mitchell in Air Force One (1997).

Before he became a household name, Schwarzenegger appeared with bodybuilding buddies Franco Columbu and Frank Zane on the sleeve of Grand Funk Railroad's 1974 album "All the Girls in the World Beware!!!" Band member faces were cleverly superimposed on their muscle-bound bodies.

Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine three times: July '86, May '90 and June '93.

Trophies won as athlete: 1965 Mr. Europe Jr.. Held in Germany. 1966 Best Builed Man of Europe/Mr. Europe/International Powerlifting-Championship/. All 3 events held in Germany. 1967 NABBA Mr. Universe Amateurs. Held in London. 1968 NABBA Mr. Universe Proffesional. Held in London. 1968 National Championship Weightlifting. Held in Germany. 1968 IFBB Mr. International. Held in Mexico. 1969 IFBB Mr. Universe Amateurs. Held in New York. 1969/1970 NABBA Mr. Universe Proffesional. Both times held in London. 1970 Mr. World. Held in Columbus, Ohio. 1970-1975 5 times in a row IFBB Mr. Olympia. Held in New York 1970/1973/1974, Paris 1971, Essen 1972, Pretoria 1975. 1980 For the 6th time IFBB Mr. Olympia. Held in Sydney, Australia.

In his body building days, he once bench pressed as much as 450 pounds.

While in office as governor, a Burger King promotion poster for the triple whopper stated "it's so big and beefy it just might run for governor".

Parents feared he was gay when he was a teenager because he worshipped bodybuilders. His mother Aurelia phoned a doctor because she thought her son was 'turning south' due to all the pictures of oiled up males on his bedroom walls.

In 1968 Joe Weider brought Schwarzenegger to Los Angeles and gave him $100 a week to write articles for his magazines that endorsed Weider products. Weider died at age 93 in March 2013.

Inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2005 (inaugural class).

Is now the Republican Governor-elect of California [October 2003]

Sofia, Bulgaria: Filming The Expendables 2 (2012). [October 2011]

(around Christmas) Broke his leg when skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. [December 2006]

Refused to take the salary for Governor of California. Uses private jet at his own expense. [December 2003]

Copenhagen, Denmark: Giving out the Sustainia Award, which recognizes outstanding performance within the area of sustainability. Also attended a book signing for his new autobiography. [October 2012]

Sworn in as Governor of California. [November 2003]

Reelected as Governor of California [November 2006]

Running for Governor of California on the Republican ticket. [August 2003]

Release of the book, "Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger" by Laurence Leamer. [2006]

First introduced to wife-to-be Maria Shriver by NBC's Tom Brokaw at a charity tennis tournament in 1977.

He passed on lead roles in The Rock (1996), The Saint (1997) Face/Off (1997) and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). He later stated he regretted passing on the former role.

As of the release of The Last Stand (2013), he will have a total on-screen kill count of 509.

WWE Hall of Famer.

Personal favorite of his own films is Kindergarten Cop (1990).

Friend and Predator (1987) co-star Jesse Ventura each went on to become, coincidentally, the 38th Governors of California and Minnesota.

It was revealed in 2011 that he fathered an illegitimate son with the Schwarzenegger/Shriver family's housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena. Schwarzenegger didn't know he fathered Baena's child until the child was a toddler and looked more and more like him. Joseph Baena was born only five days after Maria Shriver gave birth to her fourth child by Schwarzenegger, Christopher, therefore the children basically grew up alongside each other in the same home. Schwarzenegger revealed his illegitimate child to his wife during a marriage counseling sessions. The issue led to the couple's separation but as of 2016 they have yet to divorce.

Was considered to play Doctor Octopus in James Cameron's canceled Spider-Man movie.

Unlike George Clooney and Chris O'Donnell, he does not regret taking the part of Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997). Joel Schumacher threatened not to direct the movie, if he did not play Mr. Freeze.

(July 30, 2011) In his honor, the "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Birth House Museum" was officially opened in his hometown of Thal (Austria) in the actual house that had been home to him and his family. Some of the mementos on display include his childhood bed, motorcycle, replica of the desk he used as Governor of California, etc.

Induced into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 (inaugural class).

When Schwarzenegger appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in 1979, he had long hair. He was growing it out to prepare for his role in Conan the Barbarian (1982).

Was mentioned in the song "Jump Around" by House of Pain.

In 1989, when longtime family friends Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke broke up and Locke sued Eastwood for fraud, Arnold and Maria refused Locke's request to take her side publicly.

Has worked with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an anti-hate organization for decades. [August 2017]

Donated $100,000 to an anti-hate charity after violent clashes between white supremacists and anti-racism groups in Charlottesville, Virginia. [August 2017]

During filming of Total Recall (1990), he noticed that Michael Ironside was constantly on the phone between takes. When he broached the subject with Ironside, he was told the he was phoning his sister and that she was currently suffering from cancer. Arnold immediately brought Michael to his trailer and they had an hour-long 3-way conversation with Ironside's sister about what exercises she should do and what kinds of foods she should be eating. Ironside has never forgotten Schwarzenegger's kindness and neither has his sister.

Friends with Tom Arnold.

An animatronic of his head attached to caterpillar tracks was used in a PPI awareness advert.

Starred with Elliott Gould in The Long Goodbye (1973), whose birthday is August 29, the fictional date from Judgement Day in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

Quit Celebrity Apprentice after one season.

Was inspired to become a bodybuilder after seeing Reg Park's performance in Hercules in the Haunted World (1961).

He was offered Jean-Claude Van Damme's role in Sudden Death (1995), but turned it down because he had already filmed True Lies (1994) and Junior (1994).

He is a vegan.