It doesn’t seem as if five minutes have passed since the tabloids found out that Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered an illegitimate son. But, in fact, it’s been over seven years since Joseph Baena became arguably the world’s most famous love child. And the now-grown man takes after his famous pop in more ways than one.
Way before Joseph was born, however, Schwarzenegger caught the world’s attention as a champion bodybuilder. He was crowned Mr. Universe aged just 20, for instance; and, by the end of his sporting career, the future actor had won Mr. Olympia an impressive seven times. Now, one of the world’s most prestigious bodybuilding contests, the Arnold Sports Festival, is named after the star.
Then, having conquered the world of bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger set his sights on Hollywood. And he made a name for himself there, too; indeed, after his 1982 breakthrough in Conan the Barbarian, he went on to become one of the most bankable action stars around. The Terminator, Commando, The Running Man, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies are just a handful of the big box-office hits that were to follow, all of which boasted Schwarzenegger as the lead.