Larger than life, Austro-American, former professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician, 38th Governor of California (from 2003 until 2011), Arnold Schwarzenegger was born this day, July 30, 1947.
Schwarzenegger began weight training at 15 years old of age. He won the Mr. Universe title at age 20 and went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times and has remained a prominent presence in bodybuilding. He has written many books and articles on the sport.
Nicknamed the “Austrian Oak” and the “Styrian Oak” in his bodybuilding days, attaining world-wide fame as a Hollywood action film icon, he was known simply as “Arnie” during his acting career. And more recently as California governor he was known as “The Governator” (a portmanteau of “Governor” and “The Terminator” – one of his most well-known movie roles).
Now did the “Austrian Oak” become “Governator” of the Golden State? As a Republican, he was first elected on October 7, 2003, in a special recall election to replace then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was sworn in on November 17, 2003, to serve the remainder of Davis’s term. Schwarzenegger was then re-elected on November 7, 2006, in California’s 2006 gubernatorial election, to serve a full term as governor, defeating Democrat Phil Angelides, who was California State Treasurer at the time. Schwarzenegger was sworn in for his second term on January 5, 2007.
In 2011, Schwarzenegger completed his second term as governor, and it was announced that he had separated from Maria Shriver, his wife of 25 years.
1925 – Jacques Sernas (actor: 55 Days at Peking, La Dolce Vita, Superfly T.N.T.)
1933 – Edd Byrnes (Breitenberger) (actor: 77 Sunset Strip, Darby’s Rangers; singer [w/Connie Stevens]: Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb; holds record for appearing on the most magazine covers  in one month [October 1960])
1934 – Ben Piazza (actor: The Hanging Tree, The Bad News Bears, The Blues Brothers, Dynasty, Dallas, The Winds of War, Guilty by Suspicion; died Sep 7, 1991)
1939 – Peter Bogdanovich (director: What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon, Nickelodeon; director/writer: The Last Picture Show, Texasville)
1947 – William Atherton (actor: Bio-Dome, Saints and Sinners, The Pelican Brief, Die Hard series, Ghostbusters, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, The Day of the Locust, Class of ’44, Centennial)
1948 – Jean Reno (actor: Le Grand bleu, Les Visiteurs, Léon, Mission: Impossible, Godzilla, Just Visiting)
1950 – Frank Stallone (actor: Rocky series, Staying Alive, Ten Little Indians, Hudson Hawk, Tombstone, Doublecross On Costa’s Island; brother of actor Sylvester Stallone)
1956 – Delta Burke (actress: Delta, Designing Women, Filthy Rich, Chisholm; Miss Florida)
1961 – Laurence Fishburne (Lawrence Fishburne III) (Larry Fishburne) (Tony Award-winning actor: Two Trains Running; Apocalypse Now, Bad Company, Boyz N the Hood)
1963 – Monique Gabrielle (actress: Night Shift, Bachelor Party, Young Lady Chatterley II, Electric Blue series, Bad Girls IV, Emmanuelle 5, Amazon Women on the Moon, Hard To Die, Scream Queen Hot Tub Party, Angel Eyes)
1963 – Lisa Kudrow (actress: Friends, Mad About You, The Opposite of Sex, Analyze This, Dr. Dolittle 2)
1964 – Vivica A. Fox (actress: Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless, Independence Day, Booty Call, Hollywood Squares, City of Angels)
1974 – Hilary Swank (actress: Growing Pains, Evening Shade, The Next Karate Kid)