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Things You Probably Didn't Know About Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Of all the actors who have had an impact on the industry, the one with the most fascinating life might just be Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sure, Ronald Reagan eventually went on to become president of the United States, but it's probably safe to say Arnold would have done the same were he able to do so. Regardless, the man has had a significant impact on moviemaking over the past 40+ years, and he's also impacted politics, having served twice as the governor of California.

Because he's been in the public eye for most of his life, there are tons of interesting details about Schwarzenegger, so if you count yourself a fan, you probably know a lot about him. Still, there are plenty of things you probably didn't know about Arnold Schwarzenegger, and this article aims to correct that! Featured here are some of the most fascinating facts about the man, so take a look, and be sure to upvote any you didn't already know.

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    He Once Saved A Man's Life

    In 2004, Arnold Schwarzenegger was on vacation in Hawaii, which was a very good thing for one person, in particular. The then-governor of California was in the water when he noticed a man who was clearly in distress, so he asked him if he needed any help.

    The man told him he was cramping up in the water and couldn't swim to shore. The governor took hold of the man and swam him and his boogie board about 100 yards to the shoreline, saving his life. The governor didn't make a big deal out of it, but the Hollywood and political press ran with the story.

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    He Accomplished All Of His Childhood Goals

    When Arnold Schwarzenegger was a teenager, he told his friends of his three life goals: to move to the United States, become an actor, and marry a Kennedy. Those three goals can be pretty difficult to achieve for anyone. Regardless, he not only achieved all of those goals, but he managed to knock them off his checklist in order.

    Of course, he was ridiculed for his goals since they were pretty lofty. When he wanted to get into bodybuilding, he was a skinny kid, so the people around him didn't see what he saw. He started bodybuilding at the age of 14, and in only three years, at the age of 17, he began his competitive career. In 1967, at the age of 20, he won his first Mr. Universe (amateur), and the following year, he won Mr. Universe (pro).

    In October 1968, when he was 21, he immigrated to the United States. His next goal of marrying a Kennedy wouldn't be realized until much later. He first met Maria Schriver (the daughter of Eunice Kennedy) in 1977, and nine years later, they were married. All three of his goals were eventually realized, and for the first two, they were all about hard work and his drive to succeed. The third goal involved a bit more luck than the first two, but you can't deny he accomplished what he set out to do.

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    His Father Beat Him As A Child, Believing He Was Gay

    Everyone who knows Arnold Schwarzenegger knows he has a history with the ladies, but his parents thought he was gay when he was a young man. This wasn't something that was as accepted back then as it is now, and they beat him for it. The reason they believed that had to do with the posters he put all over his room. Wanting to become a bodybuilder himself, he put up posters of other men who competed in the sport.

    Seeing this, his parents assumed he was attracted to the men since other boys his age put up posters of women, so they beat him. The actor who once portrayed a dangerous cyborg spoke about the issue in an interview with 60 Minutes when he mentioned that his father "ran after me with a belt and beat me," which he expanded on with his thoughts on his mother's approach:

    I don't know if mum thought I was gay or if she just thought there was something off. And let's catch it early. She asked the doctor, "Can you help me? I don't know if there's something wrong with my son because his wall is full of naked men. All of Arnold's friends have pictures of girls above their bed. And Arnold has no girls."

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    He Supported His Brother's Son After His Brother Perished In An Accident

    On May 20, 1971, Arnold's brother, Meinhard, perished in a car accident, leaving behind his wife and 3-year-old son, Patrick. When this happened, Arnold decided to take care of his nephew from that point forward. That's not to say he raised him, but he was there for him financially since his father couldn't be. Schwarzenegger paid for his education and later helped him immigrate to the United States to attend the University of Southern California's School of Law.

    Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger graduated with a doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) in 1995, and he went on to work for Sony Music's legal department. He also worked at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office during the final year of his education. In 2017, he worked for his uncle as an advisor to the governor. He continued in this capacity after Arnold left office and took over leading The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.

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