Born on July 30, 1947 in the small Austrian village of Thal, Arnold Schwarzenegger began his career by bodybuilding and won the prestigious "Mr. Olympia" competition seven times! He became an actor and starred in more than forty films. And in between films he still managed to work in politics, serving as a Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. In this review, let's remember the best movie roles of "Iron Arnie".
«Pumping Iron» (1977)
Schwarzenegger's Hollywood stardom eventually overshadowed his bodybuilding career. But even what he did in the sport was enough to make more and more generations of bodybuilders remember him with admiration. At the age of 20, Arnold won the title of Mr. Universe, and later became Mr. Olympia several times. The docudrama "Pumping iron" is partly about the rivalry between Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, who is remembered from the television series "The Incredible Hulk" (1978-1982).
«Conan the Barbarian» (1982)
The film, which brought Schwarzenegger worldwide fame, showcases his spectacular physicality and flourishing acting abilities. The spectacular fantasy action film was a box-office success, but was nonetheless negatively received by critics because of its many violent scenes and weak script.
«The Terminator» (1984)
Schwarzenegger's cyborg assassin, sent from the future to a bloodbath in the path, remains the actor's crowning role. This time, even critics have noted his efforts, and the Library of Congress has placed James Cameron's sci-fi film on the national register as "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.
Despite good box office receipts, reviews of Commando were mixed. Arnold played a role of retired U.S. Special Forces colonel, searching for unknown mercenaries to avenge the deaths of his former unit.
Nominated for an Oscar for visual effects, this sci-fi horror film pits Schwarzenegger and his elite squad against a technologically advanced, alien monster "predator". Thanks to its spectacular visuals, over time this action film gained cult status among fans of the sci-fi genre.
This fascinating comedy brought together Schwarzenegger, 1.88 m tall, and Danny DeVito, 1.24 m tall, on the set. They played dissimilar twins, born as a result of a secret experiment. The goal was to create the perfect man, so six men's biomaterial was used in the process.
«Red Heat» (1988)
This was the first American film to be allowed to be shot on Red Square in Moscow. Soviet realities gave the friendly comedy about a policeman and a policeman credibility and earned it several positive reviews from critics.
«Total Recall» (1990)
This action-adventure film remains the best performance of "Iron Arnie" on the screen. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film debuted at number one at the box office. One critic noted that "Total Recall" is a complex and visually interesting film. It didn't take long for the Academy Award for Special Achievement to arrive.
«Kindergarten Cop» (1990)
The audience immediately fell in love with the tough police detective played by Schwarzenegger, who works undercover as a kindergarten teacher to expose criminals. Critics were also captivated by this dramatic comedy, noting that it was entertaining and had the right message.
«Terminator 2: Judgment Day» (1991)
The sequel to the 1984 film was just as successful as its predecessor, winning Oscars for sound, sound editing, makeup, and visual effects.
«True Lies» (1994)
Once again, James Cameron brought luck to Arnold Schwarzenegger, or vice versa. Either way, both did their best with a comedic hit that earned praise from audiences and critics alike. The plot follows government agent Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), who doesn't always succeed in combining his spy job with his family responsibilities. Jamie Lee Curtis, who portrayed Harry's wife Helen, won a Golden Globe for her work.
Commercially successful, the film tells the story of John Krueger (Schwarzenegger), who is assigned to protect a senior operative (Vanessa Williams). She testifies in a case of illegal arms trafficking. Arnold's partner's inspired performance earned her critical acclaim.
«Day 6» (2000)
The film explores the world of illegal cloning. This topic intrigued critics, and many of them left positive reviews. The box office receipts also pleased the creators of this sci-fi action film.
«Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines» (2003)
The introduction of a female cyborg, the deadly T-X played by the "icy" Kristanna Loken, gave a new dimension to the third film of the franchise. Although the returns in theaters were less than those of the previous installments, Rise of the Machines still received positive reviews from professionals.
Famed for his action roles, Schwarzenegger showed great dramatic ability in this low-budget horror drama. He played the father of Maggie (Abigail Breslin), a teenage girl from the Midwest who becomes a zombie as a result of an infection. Critics noted Arnold as an actor capable of tragic and touching on-screen transformation.