The Arnold File

Author: Joseph Krachenfels

Titles Won
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 to Gustav and Aurelia Schwarzenegger in the small village of Thal, just outside of Graz, in Austria. Arnold’s father was the local chief of police, and Arnold also had an older brother named Meinhard. Arnold’s brother would be the first to pass away in a car accident in 1971. The following year, 1972 Arnold’s father would pass away, and then in 1998 Arnold’s mom would pass away, leaving Arnold as the only living member of his immediate family.

Arnold’s introduction to body building began at the age of 15, and after only 5 years of training Arnold would become the youngest Mr. Universe winner ever, winning the 1967 amateur NABBA Mr. Universe title in London, at 20 years of age. From this point on Arnold would go on to dominate the sport of competitive body building, wining the Mr. Universe title a total of 5 times ( 2 amateur, and 3 professional), as well as, winning the Mr. Olympia title 7 times. Arnold is also 1 of only two men to win the Mr. Olympia title again after a 5 year layoff from competitive body building. Arnold shares this distinction with long time friend and former fellow training partner Dr. Franco Columbu.

In all Arnold has won over 18 titles in both body building and power lifting and is the most famous body builder of all time. Arnold was able to cash in on his success as a body builder by becoming one of the highest paid movie stars of all time, earning an estimated 30 million dollars for the role of the terminator in Terminator III. Arnold is also a real estate mogul, owning such properties as the building that Johnny Carson has his offices in, has worked with the Special Olympics, and Inner City Games Foundation, has been the Chairman of the President’s council of physical fitness and sports from 1990-1994, is part owner of a restaurant, Schatzi on Main, owns Oak Production studios, is married to Maria Shriver, and has 4 children. And if this wasn’t enough for the “Austrian Oak”, in late 2003, Arnold became Governor of California after California’s first ever recall election. One can only ask themselves what Arnold will do next.

Titles Won

1965 Jr. Mr. Europe (Germany)
1966 Best Built Man of Europe (Germany)
1966 Mr. Europe (Germany)
1966 International Power lifting Championship (Germany)
1967 NABBA Mr. Universe, amateur (London)
1968 NABBA Mr. Universe, professional (London)
1968 German Power lifting Championship
1968 IFBB Mr. International (Mexico)
1969 IFBB Mr. Universe, amateur (New York)
1969 NABBA Mr. Universe, professional (London)
1970 NABBA Mr. Universe, professional (London)
1970 AAU Mr. World (Columbus, Ohio)
1970 IFBB Mr. Olympia (New York)
1971 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Paris)
1972 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Essen, Germany)
1973 IFBB Mr. Olympia (New York)
1974 IFBB Mr. Olympia (New York)
1975 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Pretoria, South Africa)
1980 IFBB Mr. Olympia (Sydney, Australia)


Hercules in New York (1970)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
Stay Hungry (1976)
Pumping Iron (1977)
The Villain (1979)
Scavenger Hunt (1979)
Conan the Barbarian (1980)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Terminator (1984)
Red Sonja (1985)
Commando (1985)
Raw Deal (1986)
Predator (1987)
The Running Man (1987)
Red Heat (1988)
Twins (1988)
Total Recall (1990)
Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Terminator II (1991)
The Last Action Hero (1993)
Junior (1994)
True Lies (1994)
Eraser (1996)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Batman & Robin (1997)
End of Days (1999)
The 6th Day (2000)
Collateral Damage (2002)
Terminator III (2003)


• Meets Franco Columbu for the first time at the 1966 Mr. Europe contest
• Youngest Mr. Universe, age 20
• Defeats his body building idol, Reg Park at the 1970 NABBA Mr. Universe
• 5 times Mr. Universe (2 amateur, and 3 professional)
• 7 times Mr. Olympia (6 consecutive wins 1970-75, followed by a 5 year layoff from competition, and then winning the title again in 1980)
• Holds over 18 titles in body building and power lifting
• Nick named the “Austrian Oak”
• Inducted into Joe Weider’s Body building hall of fame in1999
• Named the international weight training coach of the Special Olympics in 1979
• Promotes the Inner City Games Foundation
• Chairman of the Presidents council of physical fitness and sports 1990-1994
• Co owns Schatzi on Main (restaurant)
• Former owner of Planet Hollywood theme restaurants
• Co promotes the Arnold Classic and Ms. International with Jim Lorimer each year in Columbus Ohio
• Has made over 28 movies
• Twice set the standard as the highest paid actor in Hollywood, first in 1991 with Terminator II for which he earned a reported 20 million dollars, and then again in 2000 for Terminator III for which he earned a reported 30 million dollars
• Married to Maria Shriver
• Has 4 children
• Became Governor of California in 2003, after the recall election

Measurements (Top Form)

Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Weight 235 pounds
Chest: 57 inches *(World record, Guinness book of world records)
Arms: 22 inches
Waist: 34 inches
Thighs: 28 ½ inches
Calves: 20 inches

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