But Schwarzenegger would change course yet again when he abandoned his film career for a life in politics. In 2003 he was sworn in as the governor of California – a position he held until 2011. The man dubbed “The Governator” would later admit that he would run for president if he were a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Then, just a year after leaving office, Schwarzenegger made a big-screen comeback in The Expendables 2. He later landed leading roles in The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Sabotage and Terminator Genysis. In 2015, meanwhile, he replaced Donald Trump as the new host of The Celebrity Apprentice, although he only lasted a single season on the hit reality show.
However, while Schwarzenegger’s career had seemingly zigzagged everywhere, his personal life initially appeared to be more settled. In 1986 he had married Maria Shriver, a TV journalist who also happened to be JFK’s niece. The pair then went on to have four children together: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher. But in the year of Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s silver wedding anniversary, the couple split.