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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 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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    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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    He Went AWOL To Attend A Bodybuilding Competition

    Schwarzenegger knew from a young age that he wanted to be a bodybuilder. His dream started at the tender age of 14, which was less than a year after picking up his first barbell. He devoted most of his time to achieving this goal and even broke into the local gym on the weekend to train. Like other young men in Austria, he was compelled into national service, but he never stopped thinking about bodybuilding, which ultimately led to his being absent without leave (AWOL).

    This came during basic training, which he left to attend a bodybuilding competition. He ended up spending a week in the stockades for the stunt, but the man was unapologetic. Serving in the Austrian army wasn't his dream - bodybuilding was, and he wouldn't let anything stand in his way. This act of disobedience may have landed him in prison for a week, but it also furthered his career goals. In his last year of military service (1966), he competed in the NABBA Mr. Universe competition, taking home the second-place trophy.

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