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Schwarzenegger in December 2009

Austrian–American actor, author, politician and former professional bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger has appeared in over 30 films, and has also ventured into directing and producing. He began his acting career primarily with small roles in film and television starting in 1969. For his first film role, he was credited as "Arnold Strong", but was credited with his birth name thereafter. He has appeared mainly in action and comedy films.[1] In addition to films and television, he has appeared in music videos for AC/DC, Bon Jovi, and Guns N' Roses.

In the 1980s, Schwarzenegger became his primary character in two film franchises: as Conan in the Conan series and as The Terminator in the Terminator series. His other film roles include Commando, The Running Man, Predator, Total Recall, Last Action Hero and True Lies. Although Schwarzenegger's acting career was put on hiatus due to his position as Governor of California, he also made several cameos in various films while in office, including The Kid & I and The Expendables.[2] On February 11, 2011, just over a month after leaving office, Schwarzenegger announced he would return to acting.[3]

Schwarzenegger has received several awards and nominations for his work in films. In Stay Hungry, one of his early roles, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. He has also been nominated for various awards for his roles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Junior, and True Lies. According to Box Office Mojo, a box office revenue tracking website, films in which Schwarzenegger has acted have grossed a total of more than $1.7 billion within the United States, with an average of $67 million per film and total $4.0 billion worldwide.[4] According to The Numbers, another box office revenue tracking website, films in which Schwarzenegger has acted have total grossed around $4.5 billion worldwide.[5]


Feature filmsEdit

     Denotes lead role

Title Year Functioned as Notes
Actor Producer Role
Hercules in New York 1969     Hercules Credited as Arnold Strong "Mr. Universe"
The Long Goodbye 1973     Hood in Augustine's Office Uncredited cameo[6]
Stay Hungry 1976     Joe Santo
Pumping Iron 1977     Himself Documentary film
The Villain 1979     Handsome Stranger
Scavenger Hunt 1979     Lars Cameo
The Comeback 1980     Himself Documentary film
Conan the Barbarian 1982     Conan
Conan the Destroyer 1984     Conan
The Terminator 1984     T-800 "Model 101"
Red Sonja 1985     Lord Kalidor
Commando 1985     Col. John Matrix
Raw Deal 1986     Sheriff Mark Kaminsky / Joseph P. Brenner
Predator 1987     Maj. Alan "Dutch" Schaefer Also re-released in 3D (2013)
The Running Man 1987     Benjamin "Ben" A. Richards
Red Heat 1988     Cpt. Ivan Danko
Twins 1988     Julius Benedict
Total Recall 1990     Douglas "Doug" Quaid / Carl Hauser
Kindergarten Cop 1990     Det. John Kimble
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991     T-800 "Model 101" Also re-released in 3D (2017)
Dave 1993     Himself Cameo
Last Action Hero 1993     Jack Slater / Himself
Beretta's Island 1993     Himself Direct-to-video; cameo
True Lies 1994     Harry Tasker / Harry Renquist
Junior 1994     Dr. Alexander "Alex" Hesse
Eraser 1996     U.S. Marshal John Kruger
Jingle All the Way 1996     Howard Langston
Batman & Robin 1997     Dr. Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze
End of Days 1999     Jericho Cane
The 6th Day 2000     Adam Gibson / Adam Gibson Clone
Collateral Damage 2002     Cpt. Gordon "Gordy" Brewer
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003     T-850 "Model 101"
The Rundown 2003     Bar Patron Uncredited cameo[7]
Around the World in 80 Days 2004     Prince Hapi Cameo
The Kid & I 2005     Himself Limited release; cameo
The Expendables 2010     Trent "Trench" Mauser Uncredited cameo[8]
The Expendables 2 2012     Trent "Trench" Mauser
The Last Stand 2013     Sheriff Ray Owens
Escape Plan 2013     Emil Rottmayer / Victor X. Mannheim
Sabotage 2014     John "Breacher" Wharton
The Expendables 3 2014     Trent "Trench" Mauser
Maggie 2015     Wade Vogel Limited release
Terminator Genisys 2015     T-800 "Model 101" / Guardian Also re-released in 3D (2015)
Aftermath 2017     Roman Melnyk Limited release
Killing Gunther 2017     Robert "Gunther" Bendik Limited release
Wonders of the Sea 3D 2017     Narrator Documentary film
The Game Changers 2018     Documentary film
Viy 2: Journey to China 2019     James Hook
Terminator: Dark Fate 2019     T-800 "Model 101" / Carl Completed
Kung Fury 2 TBA     The President Filming


     Denotes lead role

Title Year Functioned as Network Notes
Actor Director Producer Role
Happy Anniversary and Goodbye 1974       Rico CBS TV film; cameo
The Streets of San Francisco 1977       Josef Schmidt ABC Episode: "Dead Lift"
The San Pedro Beach Bums 1977       Muscleman ABC Episode: "Lifting Is My Life"
The Jayne Mansfield Story 1980       Mickey Hargitay CBS TV film
Tales from the Crypt 1990       X-Con HBO Episode: "The Switch"; uncredited cameo[9]
Christmas in Connecticut 1992       Man in Chair in Front of Media Truck TNT TV film; uncredited cameo[10]
Lincoln 1992       John George Nicolay ABC TV film; voice role
Liberty's Kids 2002–03       Baron Friedrich von Steuben PBS Episodes: "Valley Forge", "James Armistead"; voice role
Two and a Half Men 2015       Lt. Wagner CBS Episode: "Of Course He's Dead: Part 1 & 2"
Years of Living Dangerously 2014–16       Himself Showtime, National Geographic 17 episodes
The Apprentice 2017       Himself (host) NBC Episode: "In Here You Call Me Governor"
Chad Goes Deep 2019       Himself Unknown Episodes: "The Arnold Saga pt. 1", "The Arnold Saga pt. 2"
Superhero Kindergarten TBA       Unknown Unknown In pre-production; voice role
"After I directed that little Tales from the Crypt, I felt ecstatic. It was something I never expected. To work with actors and mold a scene. It's wild."

–Schwarzenegger on directing an episode of the television series.[11]

Music videosEdit

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Title Year Performer Role Notes
"Stop the Madness" 1985 Tim Reid Himself Cameo
"You Could Be Mine" 1991 Guns N' Roses T-800 "Model 101"
"Big Gun" 1993 AC/DC Himself
"Say It Isn't So" 2000 Bon Jovi Himself Uncredited cameo[12]

Soundtrack appearanceEdit

Title Year Performer Notes
Killing Gunther 2017   "Earthquake Love"

Theme park attractionsEdit

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Title Year Role Notes
T2-3D: Battle Across Time 1996 T-800 "Model 101"

Video gamesEdit

Title Year Role Notes
Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991 T-800 "Model 101" Voice role
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003 T-850 "Model 101" Voice role
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff 2014 Himself Voice role


Title Year Role Notes
Epic Rap Battles of History 2015 Terminator Announcer Episode: "Terminator vs. RoboCop"; uncredited cameo
Terminator Genisys: The YouTube Chronicles 2015 T-800 "Model 101" Episode: "Part 3"; cameo

See alsoEdit



  • "Arnold Schwarzenegger Filmography". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  • "Arnold Schwarzenegger – Rotten Tomatoes Celebrity Profile". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
  • "Arnold Schwarzenegger Filmography". Tiscali. Archived from the original on February 28, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)


  1. ^ Chase, Donald (June 8, 1990). "A Hard Man is Good to Film". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on December 19, 2009. Retrieved February 19, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Guv to Shoot Action Film Amid Budget Drama". NBC News. February 19, 2009. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved February 19, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Schwarzenegger says he's returning to acting". MSN. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger". The Numbers. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  6. ^ Hiltzik, Michael. "A true 'hot property': Elliott Gould's 'Long Goodbye' apartment is for rent!".
  7. ^ "Arnold Passes Action Hero Torch to The Rock". Associated Press. 25 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger Salutes Action Royalty, Will Cameo In Sly's 'The Expendables'".
  9. ^ "That Time Arnold Schwarzenegger Did 'Tales From the Crypt'". 30 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Do You Remember? #64: Christmas In Connecticut (Directed By Arnold Schwarzenegger)". 18 December 2016.
  11. ^ Corliss, Richard (June 24, 2001). "Box-Office Brawn". Time. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved February 19, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ Staff, OC Weekly- (17 January 2013). "Muscle Music: A Schwarzenegger Soundtrack Retrospective". OC Weekly.

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