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His gap-toothed grin is one of the most recognized in the UnitedStates and the world Broad shoulders on top of an abnormally musculartorso with legs of steel are also trademarks of the man For most peoplethe sight of his bulging biceps wielding ridiculously large arsenal ofweapons is not an uncommon phenomenon The strange thick accent thatescapes his lips does not seem ludicrous anymore Labeled as king ofmayhem and mass destruction he proclaims to the world he has a sense ofhumor He backs up his word with an image-shattering vehicle thatautomatically thrusts him to the top of the comedy A-list ArnoldSchwarzenegger is arguably the number one American Icon and movie boxoffice draw not only in America but in the entire world although herepresents different concepts to different people the result is usuallythe same staggering box office receipts The violence of his films speaka universal language ensuring that international markets are ripeprospects His identification with young children politicsbodybuildingfitness enthusiasts hollywood and most importantly aninseparable bond with the American Dream make a superstar of the man who isBorn in the tiny village of Thal-By-Graz Austria young ArnoldSchwarzenegger did not seem destined for grandeur In the beginningArnold seemed an unlikely figure to become a cultural icon Flynn 10Living in poor medieval-like conditions Schwarzenegger was raisedalongside his older brother Meinhard in a strict Catholic household Hisfather a police chief often put his two sons through rigorous physicaltests as well as mental Schwarzenegger credits these tests and hisfathers strictness as a contribution to his strong self-discipline As achild Schwarzenegger often spent many hours in a movie theater watchingHercules films portrayed by various bodybuilders such as Reg Park and SteveReeves An encounter with former Olympic Swimmer and Hollywood starJohnny Weissmuller left a deep impression on young Arnold It would seemthat years later Arnold patterned his career path after Weissmullers During his youth Schwarzenegger was active in soccer but he soonabandoned the sport to pursue bodybuilding due to a
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