Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian actor who has appeared in over 30 films, and has also ventured into directing and producing. He began his acting career primarily with small roles in film and television. For his first film role, he was credited as “Arnold Strong”, but was credited with his birth name thereafter. He has appeared mainly in action, and comedy films.1 In addition to films and television, he has appeared in music videos for AC/DC, Bon Jovi, and Guns N’ Roses.
Schwarzenegger has been the primary character in two film franchises: as Conan in the Conan series and as The Terminator in the Terminator series. Other roles include John Matrix in Commando, Ben Richards in The Running Man, Major Alan “Dutch” Schrieffer in Predator, Douglas Quaid in Total Recall, Jack Slater in Last Action Hero and Harry Tasker in True Lies. Although Schwarzenegger’s acting career was put on hold due to his position as Governor of California, he made several cameos in various films, including The Kid & I and The Expendables.2 On February 11, 2011, Schwarzenegger announced he would return to acting.3
Schwarzenegger has received several awards and nominations for his work in films. In Stay Hungry, one of his early roles, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. He has also been nominated for various awards for his work in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Junior, and True Lies. According to Box Office Mojo, a box office revenue tracking website, films in which Schwarzenegger has acted have grossed a total of more than $1.7 billion within the United States, with an average of $67 million per film and total $4.0 billion worldwide.4 According to The Numbers, another box office revenue tracking website, films in which Schwarzenegger has acted have total grossed around $4.5 billion worldwide.5