Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Austrian Oak
Arnold Schwarzenegger is without any doubt one of the biggest
stars Hollywood has ever known. And then we aren't only speaking about size.
He's also the prove that everybody with a dream and a lot of perseverance can
once reach his point. Arnold is born on 30 July 1947 in Thal (4 miles from
Graz), Austria. He grew up on the second floor of the 300-year-old home at 145
Thal-Linak with his parents Gustav and Aurelia and his older brother Meinhard.
Although the Schwarzenegger house came with Gustav's job as a police commandant,
it had absolutely no modern amenities (no plumbing, no central heating, no
phone, no carpeting and just a few lights. For many years they didn't even had a
refrigerator. Arnold and Meinhard would have to fetch water from a well 150
yards away from their house). He started his career in Graz, Austria, with only
one thing in view: the Mr. Universe title. The costs to be a member of a sports
school were to high, so he equipped his own sports room in the basement of his
parental home. But in 1961 he met Kurt Marnul, the former Mr. Austria. Marnul
was impressed of Arnold's body and asked him to train in the Athletic Union in
Graz. And of course he wanted that. In 1965 he enlisted in the Austrian army
(where he served as a thank driver at the Graz Tank Unit Panzerbataillon from
October 1, 1965 until the end of September 1966), but to compete in Stuttgart,
Arnold had to go A.W.O.L and for that he's jailed when he came back. But he won
the competition and he's awarded the title Jr. Mr. Europe. By the age of twenty
he's named Mr. Europe and he also was the youngest Mr. Universe in history.
Later he won many other titles and he decided to try his luck somewhere else.
The obtaining of the Mr. Universe title seemed to be a good reason to go to
He arrived in America in 1968. After a job as road worker in Santa Monica,
California, he competes with his boyhood idol, Reg Park in 1970 and wins the Mr.
Universe title again. In 1970 he also wins his 1st Mr. Olympia title. But
there's more; he also stars in his first movie, Hercules in New York! 1971:
Arnold wins his 2nd Mr. Olympia title. But 1971 is also the year in which
Arnold's older brother Meinhard passes away after a car accident. 2 years later
Arnold's father, Gustav Schwarzenegger passes away. After winning his 6th Mr.
Olympia title in 1975, Arnold retires as a bodybuilder. The year 1977 brings
Arnold a lot of success. He writes a bestseller (The Education of a Bodybuilder)
and he wins a Golden Globe Award for his role in Stay Hungry. He also was named
honorary weightlifting coach for the Special Olympics International (a post that
he still holds today).
When Arnold visits the annual Robert F. Kennedy Tennis Tournament in Forest
Hills, New York on August 28, he meets Maria Owings Shriver. The two started
dating and soon fell in love. In November 1979, Arnold graduates from the
University of Wisconsin Superior. He gets the Bachelor of Arts Degree with an
individualized major in international marketing of fitness and business
administration. Arnold comes out of retirement in 1980 to win his 7th Mr.
Olympia title. Three years later, on September 9, 1983 Arnold becomes an
American citizen. 1985 is the year in which Arnold is voted NATO international
star of the year. Arnold also proposes to Maria, and one year later, in 1986,
Arnold and Maria get married. Arnold receives the 1847th star on Hollywood's
Walk of Fame on June 2, 1987. As further tribute to Arnold's cinematic success
he was then awarded male star of the year by the National Association of Theater
Owners (NATO). Success followed the Oak as he deftly moved from the silver
screen into the restaurant business.
In 1989 the first Planet Hollywood opens with Arnold, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce
Willis and Demi Moore as major shareholders. But 1989 has more highlights in
Arnold's life: The Arnold Classic is born, just like Arnold and Maria's first
child, Katherine Eunice Schwarzenegger (December 13, 1989). Who better to assume
the role of chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness than a
bodybuilding icon? Arnold took the role in January 1990. That year Arnold also
becomes chairman of the Inner-City Games and makes his directing debut in Tales
from the Crypt. In 1991 Arnold, who is a pioneer of the Simon Wiesenthal Center,
received the Center's National Leadership Award for his support of the
organization's holocaust studies. Arnold has given - and continues to give -
huge financial support to this charity each year. June 16, 1991 is the birthday
of Christina Maria Aurelia Schwarzenegger, Arnold and Maria's 2nd child. In 1991
Arnold finishes his 50-state tour for President's Council on Physical Fitness
(The Oak mission had three objectives: to improve fitness of American children
by returning a regimen of daily physical activity to the school, to increase
parental involvement in their children's fitness and to promote community-based
fitness programs), is in the director's chair again (now for Christmas in
Connecticut) and he and Maria founded Schatzi on Main. Schatzi (German for
Little Treasure) is a beautiful 3000-square foot restaurant in downtown Santa
Monica, California. 1993: this is the year in which Arnold is named
International Box Office Star Of The Decade, accepts the Chairmanship of
California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness. Arnold and Maria's third
child, Patrick Arnold Schwarzenegger, is also born in 1993 (September 18). One
year later the Oak's hands, feet and signature are immortalized at Mann's
Chinese Theatre. The following 3 years Arnold makes 5 movies: True Lies and
Junior in 1994, Eraser and T2:3D in 1995-1996 and Jingle All The Way, in 1996
too. In 1996 Arnold also receives the Honorary Degree of Humane Letters from the
University of Wisconsin, Superior. Batman and Robin, Arnold's 35th movie, opens
in 1997. In that year Arnold also receives the Leadership Award by Simon
Weisenthal Center, and he and Maria gave birth to their 4th child on September
27, Christopher Sergeant Schwarzenegger. Arnold's Mother, Aurelia, passes away
in 1998 after an heartattack. In 1999 Arnold makes his comeback after two years
with his latest movie End Of Days, the 6th day, Collateral Damage and next T3.
The Austrian Oak
Birth: 30th July 1947
Height: 6 "2"
Competition Weight: C 240 LBS
Normal Weight: C 220 LBS