The Second Chapter of Arnold
Already a bodybuilding legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most memorable moments have come in the years since his retirement from the Olympia stage.
As astonishing as his bodybuilding career was, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s seventh and final Mr. Olympia win in 1980 didn’t signal retirement, but rather a metamorphosis. After hanging up the posing trunks, he became a Hollywood megastar, headlining the biggest action flicks of the ’80s. His role as Conan the Barbarian (1982) was followed by the relentless T-800 in The Terminator (1984), making his indisputable accent fodder for millions of Arnold wannabes. But Arnold’s post-O years haven’t been confined to the silver screen. After George H.W. Bush dubbed him “Conan the Republican,” in 2003 the Oak made a Reaganesque move by making it into the California governor’s mansion. With political speeches, heart surgery, ski accidents, a Kennedy marriage, and philanthropy, Arnold, now 69, has had an incredible life and career. And he’s not done: As host of The New Celebrity Apprentice next January on NBC, Arnold is once again back in the spotlight.
Here is a look back on his illustrious career starting after his bodybuilding days.
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