Schwarzenegger’s acting ambition began to pay off when he was cast as Hercules in 1969’s “Hercules” in New York, though his accent was dubbed over. Though his first accolade in acting was not received very well, as it received low ratings, he did go on to redeem himself in a long list of other productions down the line.
He won a Golden Globe in 1976 for New Star of the Year for his role in the movie “Stay Hungry.” But he probably was most at home while starring in the 1977 bodybuilding film, “Pumping Iron.” Though his filmography is very impressive today, Schwarzenegger admitted that “It was very difficult for me in the beginning.”
Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nephew, Patrick, was primarily raised by his mother and grandparents in Munich, Germany. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2006 but retained his Austrian citizenship like his now-famous uncle. In 1991 Knapp Schwarzenegger graduated from UCLA with a degree in Economics and Political Science.
Today, Patrick is a lawyer with decades of experience. He was Arnold’s advisor while he was the host of "The New Celebrity Apprentice," alongside Tyra Banks, Warren Buffet, and others. Despite the fact that he is a businessman/lawyer, he has also dipped his toes in Hollywood as he has been involved in the filmmaking process of two productions.
Body of Work
Arnold went on to take three Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles, the last of which he won after joining the competition exceptionally late! However, there has been controversy over his use of anabolic steroids, which he took while still legal.
In 1977 he commented on this, saying that “steroids were helpful to me in maintaining muscle size while on a strict diet in preparation for a contest. I did not use them for muscle growth, but rather for muscle maintenance when cutting up.” With a body like that, it’s no wonder that he used a little something something on the side.
When Schwarzenegger first entered the film world, he encountered some unusual criticism. To look at all of his success as an actor today, you would never imagine that he, in fact, was told that he was too big and muscular.
Ironically, this was one of two other significant obstacles he faced, including being told that his accent was too heavy and that his name was too difficult for American audiences. An attempt was even made to change his name in one of his film’s credits, but he decided to stick with the now-iconic “Schwarzenegger” instead, and fortunately, that worked out great for him in the end.
His Many Nicknames
With such an illustrious career, Schwarzenegger has earned himself a few nicknames over the years to go along with his fame. To be fair, Schwarzenegger is most definitely not the easiest name out there to pronounce, let alone spell, at first glance. Therefore the people he encountered along the way came up with all sorts of interesting terms of endearment.
Schwarzenegger was nicknamed the "Austrian Oak" during his bodybuilding days, "Arnie" or "Schwarzy" throughout his acting career, and perhaps most famously, "The Governator" during his political career. And with a name as long as Schwarzenegger, a few nicknames couldn’t hurt!