In 1965, Arnold Schwarzenegger went AWOL in the Austrian Army (during the 1 year service required by the government) to attend a bodybuilding contest. He spent a week in military prison, but won the contest, propelling the opportunity for larger contests and, ultimately, his ticket to to America.
Three years later, he was living in Venice Beach, California. Along with fellow famed bodybuilder, Franco Columbu, he opened a brick laying business that became quite successful, financially fueling other business ventures, while simultaneously becoming the most famous bodybuilder in the world.
After Kanye West’s mother Donda West died, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the “Donda West Law”, legislation which makes it mandatory for patients to receive medical clearance through a physical examination before undergoing elective cosmetic surgery.
Austria does not usually allow dual citizenship but they made a special exception for Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1983 when he became U.S. citizen.
The civilian model for Hummer was made because of the persistence of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who saw an Army convoy while filming Kindergarden Cop and began to campaign for a civilian version to be available on the market.
Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t allowed to dub his own role in Terminator in German, as his accent is considered very rural by German/Austrian standards and it would be too ridiculous to have a death machine from the future come back in time and sound like a hillbilly.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s salary for T2: Judgement day was $15 million and total words spoken by him in the entire film is 700. This attributes to $21,429 per word and the line ”Hasta la vista, baby” amounts to $85,716.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s parents thought he was gay because his bedroom walls were covered with posters of men.
Arnold Schwarzenegger saved a drowning man’s life in 2004 by swimming out 100 yards and bringing him back to shore.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was the first civilian to purchase a Humvee.
Arnold Schwarzenegger bought the tank he drove during military service.