Arnold childhood rare pictures

Arnold childhood rare pictures
All about Arnold:

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria, a city bordering the Styrian capital Graz, and was christened Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger. His parents were the local police chief Gustav Schwarzenegger (1907–1972), and his wife, the former Aurelia Jadrny (1922–1998). They were married on October 20, 1945—Gustav was 38, and Aurelia was a 23-year-old widow with a son named Meinhard. According to Schwarzenegger, both of his parents were “very strict”. “Back then in Austria it was a very different world—” he says, “if we did something bad or we disobeyed our parents, the rod was not sparred [sic].” It was a Roman Catholic family who attended Church every Sunday. Gustav, who was frequently drunk, signed up for the Nazi party after the 1938 Anschluss. Still, after the war, in 1947, Gustav was allowed to work as a police officer as there was no evidence he had committed war crimes. He had a preference for Meinhard, the elder of the two sons. Gustav’s favouritism was “strong and blatant”, which stemmed from unfounded suspicion “that Arnold wasn’t his child.” Schwarzenegger has said his father had “no patience for listening or understanding your problems…there was a wall; a real wall.” Schwarzenegger has reportedly disavowed Nazi views. In later life, Schwarzenegger commissioned the Simon Wiesenthal Centre to research his father’s wartime record, which came up with no evidence of atrocities. At school, Schwarzenegger was apparently “in the middle” but stood out for his “cheerful, good-humoured and exuberant” character. Money was a problem in the household; Schwarzenegger has recalled that one of the highlights of his youth was when the family bought a refrigerator.

Schwarzenegger had a good relationship with his mother and kept in touch with her until her death.

As a boy, Schwarzenegger played many sports—heavily influenced by his father. He picked up his first “barbell” in 1960 when his soccer coach took his team to a local gym. At the age of 15 Schwarzenegger chose body-building over a career as a soccer player. Schwarzenegger has responded to a question asking if he was age 13 when he started weight-lifting: “I actually started weight training when I was fifteen but I’d been participating in sports, like soccer, for years so I felt that although I was slim, I was well-developed, at least enough so that I could start going to the gym and start Olympic lifting.” However, his official website biography claims: “At 14, he started an intensive training program with Kurt Marnul, studied psychology at 15 (to learn more about the power of mind over body) and at 17, officially started his competitive career.” During a speech in 2001 he said: “My own plan formed when I was 14 years old. My father had wanted me to be a police officer like he was. My mother wanted me to go to trade school.” Schwarzenegger took to visiting a gym in Graz, where he also frequented the local cinemas to see bodybuilding idols such as Reg Park, Steve Reeves, and Johnny Weissmuller on the big screen. “I was inspired by individuals like Reg Park and Steve Reeves.” When Reeves passed away in 2000, Schwarzenegger fondly remembered him: ” As a teenager, I grew up with Steve Reeves. His remarkable accomplishments allowed me a sense of what was possible when others around me didn’t always understand my dreams … Steve Reeves has been part of everything I’ve ever been fortunate enough to achieve.” In 1961 Schwarzenegger met former Mr. Austria Kurt Marnul who invited him to train at the gym in Graz. He was so dedicated as a youngster that he was known to break into the local gym on weekends, when it was usually closed, so that he could train. “It would make me sick to miss a workout … I knew I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror the next morning if I didn’t do it.” Schwarzenegger was asked about his first movie experience as a boy, he replied: “I was very young, but I remember my father taking me to the Austrian theaters and seeing some newsreels. The first real movie I saw, that I distinctly remember, was a John Wayne movie.”

In 1971, his brother Meinhard died in a car accident. Meinhard had been drinking and was killed instantly, Schwarzenegger did not attend his funeral. He was due to marry Erika Knapp and the couple shared a three-year-old son Patrick, Schwarzenegger would pay for Patrick’s education and a life in America. Gustav died the following year from a stroke. In Pumping Iron, Schwarzenegger claimed that he did not attend his father’s funeral because he was training for a bodybuilding contest. Later, he and the film’s producer both stated that this story was taken from another bodybuilder for the purpose of showing the extremes that some would go to for their sport, and to make Schwarzenegger’s image more cold and machine-like to fan controversy for the film. Barbara Baker, his first serious girlfriend has said he informed her of his father’s death without emotion and never spoke of his brother. Over time, he has given at least three versions of why he did not attend his father’s funeral.

In a candid interview with Fortune Magazine in 2004, Schwarzenegger told how he suffered what “would now be called child abuse” at the hands of his father. “My hair was pulled. I was hit with belts. So was the kid next door. It was just the way it was. Many of the children I’ve seen were broken by their parents, which was the German-Austrian mentality. They didn’t want to create an individual. It was all about conforming. I was one who did not conform and whose will could not be broken. Therefore I became a rebel. Every time I got hit, and every time someone said, ‘you can’t do this,’ I said, ‘this is not going to be for much longer, because I’m going to move out of here. I want to be rich. I want to be somebody’.

“Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required of all 18-year-old Austrian males at the time. He won the Junior Mr. Europe contest in 1965. Schwarzenegger went AWOL during basic training so he could compete in the competition and spent a week in an army jail: “Participating in the competition meant so much to me that I didn’t carefully think through the consequences. When I got to Stuttgart, I was all confused. I forgot my posing routine, I had to borrow posing trunks, but still I won!” Contrary to popular belief, it was not Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding debut, which had occurred two years earlier at a minor contest in Graz, at Steirer Hof Hotel (where he had placed second).

“The Mr. Universe title was my ticket to America—the land of opportunity where I could become a star and get rich.” Schwarzenegger made his first plane trip in 1966, attending the NABBA Mr. Universe competition in London. He would come in second in the Mr. Universe competition, not having the muscle “definition” of American winner Chet Yorton. He would win the title for the first time in 1967 (he invented new exercises to separate and define his muscle groups), becoming the youngest-ever Mr. Universe at the age of 20. He would go on to win the title an additional four times. Schwarzenegger then flew to Munich, training for four to six hours daily, attending business school and working in a health club, returning in 1968 to London to win his next Mr. Universe trophy. He was still to win the Mr. Olympia title.

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Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California.

As a young man, Schwarzenegger gained widespread attention as a highly successful bodybuilder. He later gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood action film icon. Schwarzenegger was nicknamed "The Austrian Oak" and "The Styrian Oak" in his bodybuilding days, "Arnold Strong" and "Arnie" during his acting career, and more recently "The Governator".

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