When we think of sports, muscles and titles
like Mr. Universe everybody all over the world thinks of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Perhaps he is the most famous Austrian personality we have at the moment. Arnold
wasn’t just a Body-Builder, Arnold is also an actor, who played in films
like Terminator or True Lies. I think Arnold is an excellent example for The
American Dream. He had enough ambition to fulfil his wishes he had since his
early age. But ambition isn’t enough he says in his interviews: “You
have to separate your emotions from your work. You have to leave your emotions
beside to concentrate completely on your training. If you reached a target, you
will have enough time for joy, love and your friends.” Because of these
statements Arnold is often regarded as a stone-cold person. I suppose
that’s not true. I believe that he is very ambitious and he knows what he
wants. Otherwise he wouldn’t have been so successful.
Arnie’s career as Body-Builder
On 30th july1947 one of the most
popular and famous austrian person was born in a little styrian city named Thal
near Graz as the son of Gustav Schwarzenegger and Aurelia Jadrny, Arnold
Schwarzenegger. He always wanted to be a good sportsman, so he began very early
with his boxing and athletic exercises and to play football in his hometown. His
father often cheered him to take the sport more serious. But Arnold always did
what he wanted to do. At the age of 13 he told his classmates that he wanted to
be the best bodybuilder in the world. So he switched one year later from playing
soccer to bodybuilding. He started his training with the former Mr.Austria Kurt
Marnul. One year later Dr. Karl Gerstl supported Arnold mentally, to get more
powerful, and to have the will to win. In order to that he was ready to start
his professional bodybuilding career with seventeen. But a short stay in the
prison interrupted his career.
To stay in the prison was not part of his plan,
to become the most famous bodybuilder, nevertheless it was necessary to start
He had to perform one year of military service.
He asked his superiors if he could leave Austria for a few days to take part in
a bodybuilding-competition in Stuttgart. But they didn't let him go.
That’s why Arnold had to leave the barracks illegally. When he returned,
he couldn't even explain where he was. He had been locked up at once for seven
days. The superiors, who incarcerated him saw that this wasn't just a simple
competition "Private Schwarzenegger" won in Stuttgart: Now Arnold was Mr. Europe
Junior. After this week in prison, Arnold was allowed to continue his training
in the barracks. That was the end of Arnold’s military
In the same year (1966) Arnold left the
junior-league and participated in the professional league. He had real
achievements considering a 19-year-old debutant. He became "Best built man of
Europe" and won "The International Body-Building Competition", both in Germany.
Arnold realized that he had the chance to be the best built man in the
So he travelled in the same year to London,
where he wanted to win the Mr. Universe competition. When he arrived a lot of
fans and other body builders surrounded the newcomer of the bodybuilding
business. Arnold felt that he was something special, and that he was ready to be
Mr. Universe. Unfortunately Chet Yorton (left) beat Arnold
Schwarzenegger. He persuaded the judges with his unique show.
So Arnold trained his body to make it more and
more imposing. He created new training methods to train some more muscles.
Prepared to win he travelled one year later, in 1967, back to London again, to
beat Chet Yorton. But there was a new rival in the competition, Denis
Tinerino. Before the contest even started everybody thought, Arnold
wouldn’t have the chance to win against Denis. However Arnie was
enthusiastic enough to win. Arnold realized, that being the best is as important
as having the desire to win. Now Arnold was at the age of 20 years the youngest
Mr. Universe of the World in his classification, the National Amateur
Body-Building Association (NABBA). To be the best built man in the world, Arnold
had to win in two other classifications, in the Professional Body-Builders
classification, and the International Federation of Body-Builders (IFBB)
classification. His task was to win them all. And he will...
So he went back to Munich for one year, where
he founded a fitness-centre, visited an economy school, and trained up to six
hours a day. Now he was prepared for the competitions in the other
classifications. He took part at the Mr. Universe competitions in the
Professional League. Afterwards he won the Mr. International Title in Mexico.
But one title was missing: Mr. Olympia
Therefore he moved to California, where he
trained among the best body-builders in the world. During the next 2 years,
Arnold participated in several contests all over the world; he won new titles,
and defeated his old one. At the end of the year 1969 he won every title, except
Mr. Olympia in the IFBB classification. Arnold knew what he had to do. Unluckily
there was another challenger named Sergio Olivia (right), who won the Mr.
Olympia title since 1967 without interruption. In 1970 the IFBB Competitions of
Mr. Olympia took place in New York. Everybody knew that this will be a hard
fight between Arnold and Sergio; in the end there was only one winner, only one
name: Arnold Schwarzenegger
So he reached his target at the age of 23. He
reached what he trained for since he was 15 years old. Within 8 years he won
against every competitor. Furthermore he defeated the Mr Olympia title for six
years. In 1981 he finally quit his bodybuilding career.
1965 Mr. Europe Junior
1966 Best-Built Man in Europe
1966 Mr. Europe (Germany)
1966 International Bodybuilding Competition
1967 NABBA Mr. Universe amateur league
1968 NABBA Mr. Universe professional league
1968 German Bodybuilding Competition
1968 IFBB Mr. International
1969 IFBB Mr. Universe - amateur league
1969 NABBA Mr. Universe professional league
1970 NABBA Mr. Universe professional league
1970 Mr. World (USA)
1970 IFBB Mr. Olympia (USA)
1971 IFBB Mr. Olympia (France)
1972 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1973 IFBB Mr. Olympia (USA)
1974 IFBB Mr. Olympia (USA)
1975 IFBB Mr. Olympia (South
1976 IFBB Mr. Olympia
1981 IFBB Mr. Olympia
Arnie’s career as actor
In 1970 Arnold plays his first role in a film
called Hercules in New York. This film has an extremely bad story, and
it’s Arnold’s first role in a film. He performs bad, he
doesn’t even know, how to speak English in a right way. His pronunciation
is very horrible, that’s why his voice has to be synchronized. 3 years
later he gets once again a role in a film called The long Goodbye. His
function is very simple: He is the leader of a gang who fights against everyone.
Bad actors, bad story. That’s why Arnold Schwarzenegger decides to retreat
temporary of the film-business.
After his last but one Mr. Olympia title he
decided to switch the business once again because in 1976 the director Joe Sante
wanted to make a film about a body builder, who took part in a Body-Building
Competition and found a woman he loved. Arnold was the perfect actor for this
role. The film was called Mr. Universe/stay hungry. 1977 he becomes the
Golden Globe in the section “Best Newcomer of the Year” for the role
in the film Stay Hungry. In the same year he becomes an offer to play
himself in a documentation. This was the perfect chance for him to show to the
public that a body-builder also has emotions though all those muscles. Critics
were positively surprised, and saw that Arnold Schwarzenegger, formerly Mr.
Olympia, is a fantastic actor too. After the flop The villain, Arnold
Schwarzenegger had no offers for films anymore. Perhaps it was very boring, so
he won the Mr. Olympia title once again. One year later he played the main-role
in the film Conan the Barbarian. He plays a slaved fighter who desires
for revenge on Thulsa Doom, because he killed his parents when he was a child.
For Arnold this was the first serious film, where he made much experience. The
continuation of Conan the barbarian was Conan the destroyer. A film,
which sets more on action than his predecessors.
One year later Arnold risks his reputation as
he plays the role of the bad guy in the low-budget film Terminator
directed by James Cameron. He has luck, because the film is really successful.
The film is voted among the ten best films of the century. The success of
Terminator catapults Arnold between the most famous, popular and desired stars
in Hollywood. Because of films like Commando (1985), Raw Deal (1986), Predator
(1986), Running Man (1987) and Red Heat (1988) Arnold’s reputation changed
into the best action-film-actor in his time. But Arnold also acts in comedies
like Twins (1989), together with Danny DeVito, and Kindergarten Cop (1990). But
1990 he made the film Total Recall, a futuristic Thriller, too. In my opinion
this film has the best story of all films in which Arnold Schwarzenegger played.
At the end you do not know what was dreamed, and what was
His greatest commercial success so far was
Terminator 2 – The Judgment Day (1992), a continuation of the
low-budget film of the year 1984. Worldwide, Terminator 2 brought in over 500
million dollars. Furthermore Last Action Hero (1994), True Lies (1994), Junior
(1996), Eraser (1996), Jingle All The Way (1997), Batman & Robin (1999), End
of Days (1999) and The Sixth Day (2000) were also absolutely prospering.
Marginal notes about Arnold
Arnold never had a simple life. But his
ambition helped him through his hard days. In 1972 for example his brother
Meinhard died because of a car accident, in 1973 his father Gustav
Schwarzenegger died. He helped his mother Aurelia where and when he could, but
in 1998 she died too.
Although there were also good times in his
life. For example in 1977 he meets a girl named Maria Shriver. Nine years later
he will marry her. Marie Shriver directed him to the organisation of Special
Olympics, and in 1979 he advertises for the Special Olympics, and made them more
and more popular. Moreover he finishes his Economy-studies in Wisconsin he
started in 1968 in Munich. In 1983 he got the American nationality. You see,
that Arnold was never lazy. He found the time to help handicapped people, and to
found his own body building competitions like the Arnold Classic in 1989. In
1990 he becomes president of the committee for national fitness among President
George Bush. His task was to help young people who don’t have a family or
a job, to do something useful. He wanted them to stop taking drugs or to hang
around in gangs. In 1991 he becomes the Award for Humanity from the Simon
Wiesenthal Centre because of his efforts towards the Holocaust.
Additionally he owns several restaurants all
over the world named Planet Hollywood as well. These are restaurants like
the Hard Rock Cafes. Arnold is one of 4 owners. The others are Demi Moore, Bruce
Willis and Sylvester Stallone.
Unhappily he had problems with his health. In
1997 he had to make a heart-operation, which forced him to stop making movies
for two years. But the operation proceeded without
Today, Arnold won’t think of stopping
making films. He plans the continuation of Terminator 2 and True Lies. In fall
the productions of Terminator 3 will start.
Now Arnold is 54 years old, but he has the
power and the ambition like he had when he was 18 years old. I think he is the
kind of person that will ever stay hungry. As well I believe that he reached so
much, so that he cannot stop being popular and famous. It’s like a drug.
There is only one difference: It won’t kill you. It’s the other way
around. It makes one’s life beautiful...