Schwarzenegger poses with the Golden Globe awarded to him for "Pumping Iron," Jan. 29, 1977. He first gained attention as an actor in the bodybuilding documentary. Over the next decades, he starred in numerous films, including 1982's "Conan the Barbarian," 1984's "The Terminator," plus two sequels, and 1990's "Total Recall" and "Kindergarten Cop."
This house in the small Styrian village of Thal, about 6 miles outside of Graz, Austria, is where Schwarzenegger lived in his youth. Photo taken Oct. 8, 2003. Schwarzenegger was born in the farming town in 1947. He is remembered there as a reserved boy who was obsessed from an early age with developing his muscles.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, wife Maria Shriver, left, and his mother, Aurelia Schwarzenegger, during a private visit to Austrian President Thomas Klestil, March 20, 1993. (Schwarzenegger's mother died in 1998.)
The soldier's book of Gustav Schwarzenegger is among the items stored at the Austrian State Archives. Records there show Arnold's father was a member of the notorious Nazi storm troops. An investigation by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, to which Schwarzenegger has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, concluded that he joined the party voluntarily but found no evidence he committed war crimes.
Schwarzenegger poses with an appreciative audience during the Cannes Film Festival, where "Pumping Iron" was being presented, May 20, 1977. During his California campaign a parade of women came forward to say the actor fondled and touched them in unwanted sexual advances. He dismissed some of the groping allegations as lies while admitting to wrongdoing and apologizing.
Schwarzenegger accepts an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, during the 100th Commencement ceremony in Superior, Wis., May 17, 1996. Schwarzenegger graduated from UWS in 1979 with a bachelors' degree.
Schwarzenegger is accompanied by his then-girlfriend Maria Shriver as he poses with his newly acquired certificate of U.S. citizenship, in Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 16, 1983.
Shriver and Schwarzenegger are all smiles as they pose outside St. Francis Xavier Church, in Hyannis, Mass., after they were married in a pre-noon ceremony, on April 26, 1986.
Schwarzenegger and Shriver pose next to the action hero's star on the Walk of Fame, in Hollywood, Calif., on June 2, 1987.
Schwarzenegger and an expectant Shriver arrive for the opening of "Back to the Future Part II," in Universal City, Calif., Nov. 20, 1989. The couple has four children: Katherine Eunice, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.
Schwarzenegger, fourth from left, holds his 10-month-old daughter, Katherine, at the Kennedy estate in Hyannis, Mass., while attending a family gathering. On his right is his wife Maria Shriver, on his left mother-in-law Eunice Shriver. Second from right is Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Schwarzenegger and California Gov. Pete Wilson embrace at a fundraiser in Newport Beach, Calif., Oct. 27, 1994.
Schwarzenegger conducts a Russian army band in front of a Planet Hollywood entrance at the gala opening of a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Moscow, Sept. 24, 1996.
Schwarzenegger talks with David Valdez, 14, an 8th grade student at Houston's John Marshall Middle School, May 9, 2000. Schwarzenegger visited the school to kick off the Inner-City Games summer computer camp program. His entry to public life began when he became involved with the Special Olympics. He soon started an after-school programs foundation now active in 15 cities.
Artist Robert Berks talks about his bronze bust of former President Ronald Reagan as Schwarzenegger and Shriver look on after its unveiling at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, March 20, 2002, in Simi Valley, Calif. The bust was commissioned by Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger and Congressional pages wave their flags at the start of a bipartisan Congressional rally in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2003, to support the troops in Iraq.
Schwarzenegger shakes hands with Marines at the Marine Corps Base Training Center at Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 26, 2003, where he held an early screening of his new film, "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."
Schwarzenegger, left, talks with host Jay Leno during taping of "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif., Aug. 6, 2003. Schwarzenegger's announcement on the program that he would run for governor of California in the recall election came as a surprise, as most had expected he'd decided against it.
Schwarzenegger shakes hands with clerk Tanya Ramirez as Shriver looks on after he filed his papers to run for governor of California at the Los Angeles County Hall of Records office in Norwalk, Calif., Aug. 9, 2003.
Schwarzenegger embraces Eunice Kennedy Shriver, far left, and Sargent Shriver, second left, his parents-in-law, with his wife Maria Shriver by his side as they celebrate Schwarzenegger's victory in the California gubernatorial recall election in Los Angeles, Oct. 7, 2003.