Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 in Thal, Austria. He first gained fame as a bodybuilder and would go on to star in several successful action films. Following his movie career, he entered politics and elected California governor in 2003.


Schwarzenegger moved to the US in 1968 and would make his mark in bodybuilding. He won the Mr. Olympia title seven times, including six straight (1970 through 1976).

His film career took off with the 1982 hit film Conan the Barbarian. This was followed by other films like the Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), the Running Man (1987) and the Predator. Among his most successful films include Total Recall (1990), Kindergarten Cop (1990) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). His film True Lies (1994) was another hit.

He followed this up with other smash hit films like Eraser (1996), Batman & Robin (1997) and the supernatural action thriller End of Days (1999). The third installment of the Terminator series was Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It was released in 2003 and was a huge hit.

Political Career Highlights

A Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected as the California Governor on October 7, 2003 in the recall election. He took the place of Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger ran and won on November 7, 2006 to begin his full term in office.

One of his most significant achievements as Governor of California was signing into law the first cap on greenhouse emissions in the United States. The bill was signed on September 27, 2006.

He has also signed a bill forbidding the big companies and utility services in California from getting into long term deals with suppliers who do not pass the state’s greenhouse emission limit requirements. The ultimate goal is to set by the year 2020 California’s greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels.

On October 17, 2006, Schwarzenegger allowed the state to collaborate with the Northeast’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The plan is to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released by power plants.

According to the agreement, power plants will be issued specific amount of carbon credits. If they use it up, they will have to buy some more, making it expensive to use technology that relies on and produces carbon dioxide.

Schwarzenegger has also taken steps to minimize his own carbon footprint. He had one Hummer configured to run with hydrogen and another on biofuel. There are also solar panels in his house.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Charity Works

Since he became Governor of California, Schwarzenegger has donated his yearly salary of $175,000 to various charities. In addition, the California Governor supports the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative and the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

Other charitable institutions he supports are the After-School All-Stars, Focus the Nation, Keep Memory Alive, Jeans for Genes and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. He has also made contributions to the Special Olympics, he Watering Seeds Organization, Music for Relief and Stop Global Warming.

Schwarzenegger married TV journalist Maria Shriver in 1986. They have four children. He is currently on his second term as Governor of California.

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