Schwarzenegger then changed course 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” admitted five years later that he’d run for president if he’d been a natural-born citizen.
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 he replaced Donald Trump as the new host of The Celebrity Apprentice, although he only lasted a single season on the hit reality show.
While Schwarzenegger’s career had zigzagged everywhere, his personal life initially appeared to be more settled. In 1986 he married Maria Shriver, a TV journalist who also happened to be JFK’s niece. The pair went on to have four children together: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher. But in the year of their silver wedding anniversary, the couple split.