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Arnold Schwarzenegger in New York

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New York City, New York
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1968
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, who achieved phenomenal success as both an athlete and a politician, looks in wonderment at the New York scenery during his first visit.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger in New York


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“For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.” The youngest bodybuilder to win the coveted Mr. Universe title not once but four times, Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to stop at bodybuilding and set his sights on Hollywood shortly after he arrived in the United States in the late 1960s. Proving his dreams were just as big—if not bigger—than his impressive physique, Schwarzenegger made his acting debut with a starring role in the 1969 film, Hercules in New York.

While the film was panned by critics due to Schwarzenegger’s thick Austrian accent, broken English, and novice talent, Hercules in New York marked the beginning of Schwarzenegger’s career as an actor. It also produced one of the most debated photographs of his career since many argue that the image is a depiction of his first trip to New York. So, what’s the real story of Schwarzenegger and this photograph? Let’s take a look!

Schwarzenegger: The Bodybuilder

Decades before he stepped into office as the 38th Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger was born and raised in Austria in the late 1940s. From the age of 10, Schwarzenegger dreamed of moving to the United States but didn’t know how he would ever get to America until the age of 15 when he discovered bodybuilding. Over the next five years, he pushed himself into a grueling training regime under the guidance of his childhood idol and mentor, renowned bodybuilder Reg Park.

When he wasn’t training at the gym, Schwarzenegger completed his one year of required service in the Austrian Army but went AWOL during basic training to compete in a bodybuilding event. “Participating in the competition meant so much to me that I didn’t carefully think through the consequences,” he later said after spending one week in military prison. Fortunately, his risk paid off when he won the Mr. Olympia title in 1967 at only 20 years old and went on to become the youngest Mr. Universe in history. “The Mr. Universe title was my ticket to America—the land of opportunity where I could become a star and get rich,” he said.

Going on to win the Mr. Universe title three more times, Schwarzenegger briefly returned to Munich to study business before he saw his American dreams come true when, at 21 years old, he moved to the United States in October 1968. Speaking very little English, he settled down in Los Angeles, California and started training under Joe Weider. Even then, Schwarzenegger was determined to become a star and knew that bodybuilding was only the start as he dreamed of taking the film industry by storm. “It was very difficult for me in the beginning—I was told by agents and casting people that my body was ‘too weird,’ that I had a funny accent, and that my name was too long,” he said. “You name it and they told me I had to change it. Basically, everywhere I turned, I was told that I had no chance.”

Schwarzenegger: The Actor

Schwarzenegger refused to give up and made his film debut as Hercules in the 1969 film Hercules in New York. Credited as “Arnold Strong, Mr. Universe,” the 22-year-old Schwarzenegger wasn’t yet fluent in English and later admitted that all his lines were dubbed due to his thick Austrian accent. Because of this and a weak plot, the film wasn’t a commercial success. In fact, the most iconic part of the film was the scene of Schwarzenegger seeing New York City for the first time with his camera in hand. In fact, the scene became so popular that many believe it was taken from Schwarzenegger’s actual life—the moment he arrived in New York City in the late 1960s. However, that’s not the case when you take a closer look at the scenes from the film.

Following his early film credit, Schwarzenegger made appearances in Stay Hungry (1976), Pumping Iron (1977), and The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980) before he caught his big break as the star of Conan the Barbarian (1982) and its 1984 sequel, Conan the Destroyer. Schwarzenegger’s next starring role was in The Terminator (1984). By then, he was unstoppable with credits in Red Sonja (1985), Commando (1985), Predator (1987), Twins (1988), Kindergarten Cop (1990), and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).

Adding in several more bodybuilding titles amid his success as an actor, Schwarzenegger was a force in Hollywood. He starred as Harry Tasker in True Lies (1994), Dr. Alex Hesse in Junior (1994), Howard Langston in Jingle All the Way (1996), and as Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin (1997). In the new millennium, he reprised his role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) and joined a star-studded cast in The Expendables (2010) and The Expendables 2 (2012). Over the last seven years, he appeared in The Last Stand (2013), Sabotage (2014), The Expendables 3 (2014), Terminator Genisys (2015), Killing Gunther (2017), Viy 2: Journey to China (2018), and Terminator: Dark Fate (2019).

Schwarzenegger: The Politician

Beyond building his reputation as an action superstar, Schwarzenegger ventured into politics early in his career. He served as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1990 to 1993 under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Then, in 2003, he surprised everyone when he ran for the governor’s seat in California. He won the election and took office as the 38th Governor of California, a position he held from November 17, 2003, to January 3, 2011.

Shortly after his tenure in office ended, Schwarzenegger’s extramarital affair with his housekeeper and his illegitimate child made the news, ultimately ending his 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver. After a widespread media scandal, Schwarzenegger and Shriver signed their divorce papers six years after their 2011 separation. Today, the 71-year-old Schwarzenegger is stronger than ever after surviving the scandal of infidelity and the end of his high-profile marriage. Regardless, he remains one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time and one of the most charismatic athletes who’s happy to pass down his passion for health and wellness to his children and millions of adoring fans.