Arnold Schwarzenegger has conquered the world of acting, politics, business and bodybuilding, and has somehow managed to start a beautiful family amongst all of that. While he was born and raised in Austria, he currently lives in the United States and has raised his children there. Schwarzenegger himself grew up in a pretty strict household, but imagine what it’s like to have “The Terminator” as your father. For his four children with ex-wife Maria Shriver, this was a reality.
Schwarzenegger has lived a pretty public life since he has been in competitions or on the big screen for most of it. He even has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Shriver herself has gotten used to fame, having a popular family tree to live up to. She’s made her own career choices while staying true to the family name. Their children benefited from the success of their parents. The couple helped the lot start their own careers and follow their dreams from a young age. They may not have reached their father’s level of success yet, but are surely on their way, especially middle child, Patrick.
Patrick has grown to follow in his father’s footsteps, finding his way to making acting a permanent career while still trying to have a somewhat normal and private life. He’s already starred in a handful of projects, and has showcased his beauty through his newfound love of modeling. Schwarzenegger should be proud of the young man his son has grown to be, carrying on his legacy.
Bodybuilding To The Max
Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947 in Austria. He is most known for being an actor, businessman, former politician and retired bodybuilder. He has even written a handful of books and articles about the subject of bodybuilding due to having such extensive knowledge on the topic. His love for sports in general stemmed from his father, Gustav.
Gustav himself was an athlete and influenced his son to play several sports, including soccer. Schwarzenegger began weight training when he was 13-years-old when his soccer coach took the team to a local gym. By the time he was 14-years-old, Schwarzenegger had decided he wanted to be a professional bodybuilder one day. He kept up his psychique and began training to make his dreams become a reality.
Schwarzenegger began entering bodybuilding competitions. He served in the Austrian Army in 1965 since it was required for all 18-year-old Austrian men to do so. He won the Junior Mr. Europe competition while serving, skipping basic training to compete in the contest.
A year later, the bodybuilder flew to London, England to compete in the NABBA Mr. Universe competition, finishing in second place. One of the judges of the competition thought Schwarzenegger had potential and offered to coach him, which the former accepted. Schwarzenegger ended up living with his coach in the family home directly above a gym. It was the perfect location for an aspiring professional bodybuilder, since he was able to work out and practice whenever he wanted to. Along with this, Schwarzenegger was able to build on his skills understanding and speaking the English language due to living in London.
Patrick, The Entrepreneur
One of Schwarzenegger’s and Shriver’s children has already made a name for himself. Patrick was born September 18, 1993. While he has classified himself as an investor and entrepreneur on his Instagram, he is currently known for being a model and an actor. Patrick has been signed with IMG Models, helping him land photoshoots, campaigns and even star on the cover of Icon magazine.
He graduated from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in 2016 with a minor in cinematic arts, connecting his love for business with the entertainment industry. He made a big investment when he franchised his own Blaze Pizza in Los Angeles in 2020. According to People, Patrick learned how to be a good businessman from his father. “I’ve always been into [an] entrepreneurial lifestyle,” Patrick said. “[My dad] encouraged me and so does the rest of my family with everything I do.”
Schwarzenegger not only encouraged his son to become a businessman, but also gave him the acting gene. Patrick practiced acting with his father at an early age, and took acting lessons as a teenager.
During an interview on “Live with Kelly and Ryan in March 2018,” Patrick talked about how much he loved going to set with his father and being introduced to the acting world. He explained how he would be rewarded for doing well in school by being taken to watch his dad work. “For a kid, it’s like a dream come true,” Patrick said about getting to visit the Universal Studios lot frequently.
Life As An Actor
Patrick made his dream of becoming an actor a reality and booked a few supporting roles in movies and television shows. Patrick also starred in a Romeo and Juliet themed music video for the song “Right There” by Ariana Grande and Big Sean. His first leading role was in 2018 when he starred opposite Bella Thorne in “Midnight Sun.”
Patrick reflected more on what really pushed him into trying out the career during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in March 2021. He talked about how watching “Hercules in New York,” one of Schwarzenegger’s first films, was when it clicked for him. “I was sitting there and he was so bad and he was awful,” Patrick said about his father’s acting skills. Surprised by how successful turned out despite how badly he started, Patrick found the confidence to try the career out. “I’m giving acting a shot,” he said.
While not much about Patrick’s personal life has been revealed, the star was linked to singer and actress Miley Cyrus for a short time. The pair dated for a quick five months before calling it quits in 2015. According to People, the break-up was amicable.
Despite growing up with two well-known parents, Patrick has kept his private life pretty underwraps. He hasn’t peaked professionally yet, but has begun to make a name for himself in the acting, modeling and even business world. With the love and support of his family, especially his father, Patrick is bound to keep skyrocketing to the top of any industry he wants to conquer.