Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, filmmaker, politician, businessman, philanthropist, activist and former professional bodybuilder, he served as Governor of California twice in the years 2003–2011. Where was Arnold Schwarzenegger born?
Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 in the Austrian town of Thal (Styria) near Graz. His parents Gustav (August 17, 1907 – December 1, 1972) and Aurelia nee Jadrna (July 29, 1922 – August 2, 1998) were married in the commune of Mürzsteg and then moved to Thal near Graz due to the transfer of the gendarme Glustava. At Thal, both their children Meinhard (July 17, 1946 – May 20, 1971) and Arnold survived their childhood and youth. In 1967 the family moved from Thal to Weiz. The family house Arnold and Meinhard received strict upbringing, which in post-war Austria was very common. Already in childhood, the brothers were very athletic, which helped Arnold lift weights, which he became interested at the age of 14.
Arnold and Bodybuilding
He started exercising bodybuilding at the age of 15. He won the title of Mr. Universe won the Mr. Contest at the age of 20 and seven times Olympia, remaining an outstanding figure in bodybuilding and writing many books and articles on this sport. The Arnold Sports Festival, considered the second most important bodybuilding event, bears his name. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, and also the most charismatic ambassador of the sport.
In America, despite the successes in bodybuilding, Arnold began to work on his career as an actor. Since the beginning no one could pronounce his name, in his first films, such as “Hercules in New York” took the nickname “Arnold Strong”. As an actor, he has appeared in over 40 films. However, he is best known for his role in the movie “Terminator” directed by James Cameron. He appeared not only in action and science-fiction movies, he also played his part in the comedy genre, where he is known, among others from “Kindergarten Cop”, “Twins” or “Junior”. Since the 1970s, Arnold Schwarzenegger has supported the Special Olympics as an honorary president and managed to bring it to Austria in 2017. Arnold supports “Special Olympics Austria” as its president on an honorary basis since the 1970s. That’s how Arnold Schwarzenegger, who brought the “Special Olympics” to Austria and provided an international framework for running games.
August 7, 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor of California with over 48% of the vote. His numerous reforms contributed to his re-election to the same position in 2007.
After the successful outcome of the election for Arnold, his commitment and dealing with environmental problems made him not only a media favorite, but also a warrior for a healthier and better world for all of us. In spring 2013 he participated in the R20 conference in Vienna, of which he is the founder. After a long break from the cinema, he starred with Sylwester Stallone in “Escape Plan” (2013). Then he continued his film career in productions such as “The Last Stand”, “Expendables” and “Maggie”. Many of them are still planned, and “Terminator Genesis” was released in 2015.