ARNOLD Schwarzenegger, best known for his iconic action movies, was also the proud governor of the state of California.

The Terminator star held the respectable position for eight years after being re-elected for a second term in 2007.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his now ex-wife Maria Shriver, being sworn in for his second term during an inauguration ceremony in Sacramento


Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his now ex-wife Maria Shriver, being sworn in for his second term during an inauguration ceremony in SacramentoCredit: Alamy

When was Arnold Schwarzenegger governor of California?

Arnold Schwarzenegger served as the 38th governor of California from 2003 to 2011.

The Predator star became the governor when he won a recall election against incumbent Gray Davis, a Democrat.

He received 48.6 per cent of the vote, 17 points ahead of Democrat runner-up Cruz Bustamante.

At his reelection he earned 55.9 per cent of the vote and after he reached his term limit as governor, the star returned to acting.

He was among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and 2007.

Where is Arnold Schwarzenegger now?


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The former body builder has recently made headlines after exposing his bombshell affair with a housekeeper in the 1990s.

For the first time he revealed details about his affair – and the moment he had to tell his wife Maria he had a son with Mildred Baena.

In new Netflix documentary Arnold, the Terminator star says his “heart stopped” when his then-wife Maria Shriver confronted him with rumors about Joseph Baena, now 25, in 2011.

The couple, who married in 1986, were already having regular counseling sessions after his stint as Governor of California kept him away from Maria and their four kids and caused rifts in the marriage — which was finally killed off by the scandal.

In the three-parter, streaming from Wednesday, Arnie reveals: “One day, the counselor said, ‘Today Maria wants to be very specific about something.

“She wants to know if you’re the father of Joseph’.

“I thought my heart stopped. And then I told the truth.

“‘Yes, Maria. Joseph is my son’. She was obviously crushed by that.”

Arnie, 75, says that after the 1996 affair Mildred continued to work for the family, who had believed her husband Rogelio was Joseph’s father.

He says: “In the beginning I really didn’t know, but the older he got, the more it became clear to me.

“It was then just a matter of, ‘How do you keep this quiet?’.”

Joseph was born days after Maria gave birth to Arnie’s fourth child Christopher, now 25, and the confession, 14 years later, proved too much for her to forgive.

The couple, who also share daughters Katherine, 33, Christina, 31, and son Patrick, 29, announced their separation in May 2011.

Arnie admits the affair was his biggest “failure” but says he has a close relationship with Joseph, as well as with his other children.

In his documentary he also opened up about his abusive childhood growing up in Austria with his violent “schizophrenic” dad Gustav, which drove him to his huge success.

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