New Delhi [India]July 30 (ANI): Hollywood hunk Arnold Schwarzenegger, who celebrated his 75th birthday today, has had a successful career as a bodybuilder, action hero, entrepreneur and governor.
He first came to international attention as a bodybuilder by repeatedly winning the Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia contests. Schwarzenegger became the face of the new sport of bodybuilding, which led him to attract the attention of the entertainment industry.
During the early days in Hollywood due to Schwarzenegger’s heavy accent, his dialogue had to be dubbed by another actor. Later, he found his true place in movies as an action hero when he starred in “Conan the Barbarian” and then his career kicked into high gear.
On his 75th birthday, let’s take a look at some of his best film work.
“Conan the Barbarian” (1982)
Written and directed by John Milius, Schwarzenegger stars in this tale of swords and sandals. The on-screen actor’s severe girth truly makes him legitimately believable as a man who could win all fantasy battles.
“The Terminator” (1984)
From a then-unknown James Cameron, this film is a masterclass in the horror/sci-fi genre. A damaged stop-motion android, limping one foot at a time, chasing in the finale remains one of the most chilling moments in cinematic history.
Schwarzenegger starred as a retired military colonel trying to rescue his kidnapped daughter, played by child actress Alyssa Milano who has more recently become known as a political activist. While this movie didn’t really break new ground for the genre, it was a pleasant diversion for action fans.
Shortly after ‘Aliens’ became a huge summer blockbuster mixing action and sci-fi came ‘Predator’, Schwarzenegger’s entry into the genre. He again played a military officer on a mission. This one, however, is pushed aside by the attacks of an alien creature. The film led to numerous sequels and spinoffs.
“Total Recall” (1990)
The film places its star at the center of a journey to another planet where he is unable to tell what is real and what is false reminder. After its release, “Total Recall” received an honorary Oscar for its visual effects but drew some protests due to its heavy violent content.
“The Real Lies” (1994)
Schwarzenegger stars as a fearless terrorist fighter who finds his greatest challenge when he begins to suspect his wife is having an affair with a sleazy used-car salesman. This action-packed comedy from James Cameron features a fantastic stunt sequence with Curtis dangling from a helicopter as Arnold tries to save her. (ANI)
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