Arnold Schwarzenegger turned 63 on July 30 this year and by any measure he has packed an awful lot into those years.
Born in Austria he first rose to fame as a world champion bodybuilder which led into a career as a movie actor in Hollywood. He is now the Governor of California with ambitions to one day become President of the United States.
An ambition that, given his past achievements, is well within his capabilities.
To celebrate his recent birthday here are some interesting facts about one of the most famous men in the world today.
His middle name is ‘Alois’.
He had an older brother, Meinhard, who died in 1971.
His father was a European ice curling champion.
He served in the Austrian army in 1965.
He won the Mr. Universe title five times and the Mr. Olympia title seven times.
He earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin.
He is a talented illustrator and painter.
He was the original choice to play “The Incredible Hulk” in the TV series.
He is nicknamed “The Austrian Oak”.
He has cast friend Sven-Ole Thorsen in 15 of his films.
He models himself politically after Ronald Reagan.
He managed a gym in Munich.
He has appeared in 28 movies.
He served 7 days in a military prison in Austria for going AWOL to compete in the Junior Mr. Europe competition.
He received $29.25 million plus 20% of the gross for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
He was the first American private citizen to own a Humvee.
He owned the restaurant “Schatzi on Main” in Santa Monica, California.
He excelled in soccer and swimming as a child.
He is California’s 38th Governor.
He was founding partner in Planet Hollywood with Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.
He works closely with the Special Olympics.
He buys carbon credits to offset the greenhouse gas emissions of his flights.
He has a tent outside his Sacramento Governor’s office where he can smoke cigars.
He holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from USC.
He will leave the Governor’s office in January 2011.