Happy Birthday Arnold Schwarzenegger: Celebrating the ‘Terminator’ Actor’s Iconic Moments

by Jon D. B.

Born July 30, 1947, the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger turns 74 today! Celebrate the action icon and 38th Governor of California’s big day with us courtesy of his best moments and rare photographs.

There’s no one else on Earth quite like the Hollywood and political powerhouse. But we don’t have to tell you fellow Outsiders that, do we? Arnold lives a remarkable life, and some of pop culture’s best images come from his history.

Born in Thal, Austria, on July 30, 1947, Schwarzenegger began body-building in his teens. By the time he was 20, he would win the first of four “Mr. Universe” body-building championships, prompting a move to the U.S. in 1968. What would follow would lead him to become one of the most recognizable names and faces in modern history.

1976: Arnold Trains for Acting Debut Alongside Sally Field for ‘Stay Hungry’

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sally Field (Getty Images Archives)

Seen here in New York City with a familiar face, “Arnold (Mr. Universe) Schwarzenegger supplies a chinrest for Sally (The Flying Nun) Field as they take a break from a bodybuilding workout session.”

This fantastic photo was taken on April 20, 1976. Within, the two icons “began the exercise sessions during the filming of the movie, Stay Hungry.”

The film, in which Schwarzenegger makes his acting debut and Sally Field delivers a major dramatic turn, would open in New York on April 25, 1976.

1986: The Wedding of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver’s wedding day (Photo by Steve Liss/Getty Images)

A decade later, Arnold Schwarzenegger would wed his sweetheart, Maria Shriver, on April 26, 1986. The two married in front of 500 guests in St. Francis Xavier Church of Hyannis, Massachusetts. Look at those smiles!

The couple would be an American staple for decades. In their marriage, Shriver and Schwarzenegger would have four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher. Sadly, Shriver would famously file for divorce from the icon on July 1, 2011 after discovering his “love child” with their housekeeper, Patricia Baena.

By this time, however, Arnold was the most prolific action star in Hollywood history. And it’s all thanks to a little film called Terminator.

1984-2019: The Terminator Legacy

1984: Arnold Schwarzenegger as an unstoppable killing machine on the set of the science fiction thriller Terminator 1984. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Hot off his work as Conan the Barbarian, Arnold Schwarzenegger would change Hollywood action films forever alongside James Cameron with their Terminator franchise. And it all began with the original film’s breakout success in 1984. The icon has appeared in six Terminator films since, with the most recent being 2019. Now that’s staying power!

To prepare for the original role, Arnold worked with guns every day for a month, IMDb cites. “The first two weeks of filming he practiced weapons stripping and reassembly blindfolded until the motions were automatic, like a machine. He spent hours at the shooting range and practicing with different weapons without blinking or looking at them when reloading or cocking,” the database cites. Talk about Arnold-level dedication!

2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger Elected Governor of California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

On October 7, 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be elected governor of California. According to History.com, “Schwarzenegger came out on top in the 11-week campaign to replace Gray Davis, who had earlier become the first United States governor to be recalled by the people since 1921.”

Happy 74th, Arnold!