Austrian-born actor, producer, former bodybuilder and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most successful box office stars in history. With over 50 credits grossing more than $4 billion worldwide, Schwarzenegger ranks among the top 40 highest-grossing stars of all time.
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Variety ranks his top 10 cinematic performances.
With a career that began playing a “special agent” infiltrating a gymnasium in “Stay Hungry” (1976) and a spotlight in the classic feature documentary “Pumping Iron” (1977), Schwarzenegger became one of most influential and classic action stars of his generation.
His breakout role came with the epic adaptation “Conan the Barbarian” (1982), directed by John Milius and co-written by Oscar winner Oliver Stone. An instant box office hit, he moved on to his career-defining franchise with “The Terminator” (1984), playing the cyborg villain sent back in time to kill the savior of the mother of mankind John Connor. It spawned one of the best sequels ever made with “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991). This time, Schwarzenegger became the protector of young Connor (played by Edward Furlong) alongside an Oscar-worthy performance from Linda Hamilton.
Schwarzenegger was a dominant force in the 80s and 90s, with roles in “Commando” (1985), “Predator” (1987), “Twins” (1988), “Kindergarten Cop” (1990), “Total Recall” ( 1990) and “True Lies” (1994).
It won a few accolades despite being considered “one grade” by film critics. Schwarzenegger was nominated for a Golden Globe for Lead Actor (Comedy) for his performance as a man who gets pregnant in “Junior” (1994) and won an Emmy as an executive producer alongside his friend and longtime collaborator James Cameron for the “Years” docuseries. to live dangerously” (2014).
Lily Variety ranking below and watch her best scene from each performance listed.
Honorable mentions: “Conan the Barbarian” (1982); “Red Sonia” (1985); “Last Action Hero” (1993); “Jingle All the Way” (1996); “Batman & Robin” (1997)