Arnold Schwarzenegger has done a lot in his career, but there was a time when he was little known and not as respected as he is now. It’s hard to believe isn’t it? But his career didn’t really start taking off until the 1970’s and from that point he was a household name. Here are his roles throughout the years.
Hercules in New YorkÂ
His English was so bad at this point that he had to have his lines dubbed.
The Long Goodbye
The mustache look on Arnold just doesn’t look right at this point in his career.
Happy Anniversary and Goodbye
She really looks like she doesn’t know what to do with him.
You would think that they’re comparing sweat stains.
The Streets of San Francisco
He still looks so young in this one, like he’s just getting started without a couple roles under his belt already.
Arnold seems like he’d be a good villain now but back then he really had more of the hero look.
Ever notice how many big, beefy guys were always cast alongside Arnold?
The Jayne Mansfield Story
Who was more flattered in this picture, Jayne or Arnold?
Conan the Barbarian
This was one of his best, most definitive roles, EVER.
Conan the Destroyer
Conan was still the man, but the story felt a little canned.
And he found another franchise. Ka-ching!
Because unfortunately Red Sonja couldn’t carry the movie all on her lonesome.
A one-man wrecking crew that could eat green berets for breakfast.
He just looks flat out mean with his hair all slicked back.
If it bleeds, we can kill it. But later on that becomes “Get to the choppah!”
The Running Man
It’s taken from a Stephen King story that it has almost nothing to do with. Odd doesn’t even begin to cover it.
No humor, won’t smile, but he can throw down with the best of them. Meh, it works.
Opposites was key word for this film. Can you tell?
Tales from the Crypt
I think Arnold’s got his work cut out for him on this one.
So which part is the dream and which is the reality? I’ll take violent brunette behind door number 1 please.
It’s not a tumor!
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
If you ever needed a protector to save you from a murderous robot or a couple of goons this guy would be it.
Christmas in Connecticut
He must have been taking a break and filmed this one on a lark.
Please tell me this isn’t Arnold giving Kevin Kline speech lessons.
Last Action Hero
Arnold doing what he does best, shooting first and thinking about asking questions later.
Just pumping iron and wearing short shorts. Doesn’t everyone?
Have you killed anyone? ‘Yeah but they were all bad.’
No, no, no, NO. Arnold and Devito should have stopped at Twins.
T2 3D: Battle Across Time
I’m thinking this was something shown at Universal Studios because otherwise it would have had a very limited run in theaters.
Arnold is just the all-around one man wrecking crew you call when you need the job done right.
Jingle All the Way
Ever wonder if Arnold really had to deal with scrounging about for presents for his kids?
Batman and Robin
He really should have stayed away from this one, in fact they all should have.
End of Days
Arnold getting beaten is always hard to watch, but making the ultimate sacrifice was pretty cool of him.
The 6th Day
So now when Arnold talks to himself he has a good excuse, at least in the movie.
He was starting to really look his age by the time this movie came around.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Good thing that Terminators only age on the outside and not on the inside.
A lot of people thought of this as a passing of the torch, one action star to another.
Around the World In 80 Days
So why did they get Arnold for this part?
The Kid & I
It’d been a while since he worked with Jamie Lee Curtis but obviously their onscreen chemistry was good enough for another run.
It was always thought that Arnold and Stallone had an intense rivalry going. Obviously age has mellowed them out a bit.
Trading catch phrases with Bruce Willis was kind of an interesting development.
The Last Stand
Working with Johnny Knoxville must have been interesting.
The Escape Plan
You ever wonder if they get together and talk about being a couple of young bucks just trying to outdo each other?
So Arnold’s the good guy, no the bad guy, no the good guy. Okay, too confusing, he’s just the guy.
Looks that like gun is getting a little heavy now. Old man Arnold is showing some serious wear and tear.
Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff
I just, I don’t, wow. That’s all I got, wow.
Two and a Half Men
This is when you know your career has slowed down, you start guest starring on TV shows.
You had to wonder when he would start playing the fatherly role.
He actually plays a terminator that’s called ‘Pops’.
This kind of looks like the aftermath of his career even though he’s still going.
Arnold’s done a lot in the last several decades, and he’s still going strong.