AUSTRIAN bodybuildi­ng champ ARNOLD SCHWARZENE­GGER used his brawn to muscle his way to fame with a breakthrou­gh performanc­e in the 1982 swordand-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian. Though the novice actor had to study for weeks with a coach to improve his heavily accented speech, his efforts paid off. The hit kicked off a string of blockbuste­rs for the on-screen action hero, including his signature role in The Terminator. Arnold put acting on the back burner while serving as California’s governor from 2003 to 2011. But since the 71-year-old star’s return to Hollywood, he’s reportedly slated for an untitled Terminator reboot and The Legend of Conan, a sequel to the film that launched his career.

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