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Profile of the Day: Arnold Schwarzenegger

Happy birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger! Today the star turns 73.

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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria to Gustave Schwarzenegger, a local police chief, and Aurelia Jadrny. His father was once a member of the Nazi party and favored his eldest son over Arnold. Struggling with a tough home life, Arnold turned to movies as an escape and dreamed of moving to the U.S. At 15, he began weight training and won the Mr. Universe title by the age of 20.

A prominent figure in bodybuilding, he successfully segued to a career on the big screen to become one of the biggest action stars in Hollywood. His breakout role in the film Conan the Barbarian earned him international fame and made him a box office draw. In 1984, he took on his most iconic role as the Terminator in James Cameron’s science-fiction film, The Terminator. He would subsequently reprise his role in several of the franchise’s later installments.

The Hollywood icon would later enter the world of politics, serving two terms as the Governor of California. Since leaving office, Arnold has returned to his acting career and most recently starred in the latest Terminator film, Terminator: Dark Fate.

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