How Many Sons Does Arnold Schwarzenegger Have and What Do They Do for a Living?

Published 11/10/2023, 8:03 AM EST

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most popular faces on the planet. He surpassed unfathomable heights as a bodybuilder before treading the action world of cinema. After a blockbuster career as a Hollywood star, Schwarzenegger took up people’s cause by becoming the two-term governor of California. Now, Arnie’s sons are trying to keep up with their legendary father and have earned respect and recognition in their fields.

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The 7x Mr. Olympia champion traveled to America to build on his athletic dreams and became a sensation among the masses for his glorious ripped physique in the Pumping Iron documentary. In 1977, he met Maria Shriver at a charity Tennis tournament, and the couple married in 1986 after dating for several years. Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have four kids together: two daughters and two sons. 

Katherine Schwarzenegger and Christina Schwarzenegger were born before sons Patrick Schwarzenegger and Christopher Schwarzenegger. Arnold Schwarzenegger has another son with his longtime housekeeper, Mildred Baena, Joseph Baena. So, in total, Arnie is the father of two daughters and three sons. 

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Eldest Son- Patrick Arnold Shriver Schwarzenegger

The eldest son, Patrick, was born on 18th September 1993 in St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. The 30-year-old is 6′ 0½″ tall and graduated from USC Marshall School of Business, and his minor includes cinematic arts. Patrick holds dual Austrian-American citizenship and speaks English and German. Schwarzenegger and Shriver ensured to inculcate a hard-working attitude in their son from childhood. 

At 8, Patrick ran his first charity booth during Arnold’s annual bodybuilding contest in Columbus, Ohio. His first acting stint came when he was just 10, featuring in the comedy flick The Benchwarmers. Revealing his love for cinema, the 30-year-old confessed, “I’ve been on movie sets for as long as I can remember,” thanks to his father’s Hollywood stint. 

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At 30, Patrick Schwarzenegger has a few films to his name. He aced a few supporting roles before landing the lead role in Midnight Sun in 2018. Later, he appeared in a thriller, Daniel Isn’t Real, the following year with a stunning performance. In 2022, he made a cameo in brother-in-law Chris Pratt’s Terminal List. The latest acting venture of Patrick Schwarzenegger is his role as Golden Boy for Gen V, a spin-off of the popular show The Boys, which premiered on Prime Video. However, Patrick is following in the footsteps of his iconic father, who has multiple successful careers.

Apart from acting, Patrick also undertook Modelling gigs and featured for Mango Man and Hudson Jeans. He started a clothing brand, Project 360, at the age of 15 (the age when Arnie started lifting weights) and eventually sold it off in 2014 before venturing into the pizza restaurant business in LA in the same year. Later, he expanded the outlets to multiple other locations. 

But his entrepreneurial talent was taken to the next level when Patrick Schwarzenegger collaborated with his mom, Maria Shriver, to start a brain nutrition and wellness brand MOSH, in 2021. They successfully raised $3,000,000 this year to expand their brand.

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The mother-son duo ensures that a portion of all sales will fund gender-based brain health research through Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. While Schwarzenegger’s eldest son’s hands are tied with multiple ventures, he ensures to watch his favorite football and basketball matches. And speaking about his father’s impact on his career, Patrick told The Irish Times, “My dad is very open about the fact that he’s not here to tell me ‘this is how you act’ or ‘this is how you cry on cue’…..He’s the person that tells you to find your purpose and then you can figure out the other stuff.

Christopher Sargent Shriver Schwarzenegger

Among Arnold Schwarzenegger’s five children, Christopher is the one who mostly stays away from the spotlight. However, tabloids recently ran news of his impressive weight loss after he was clicked with a fit physique by the media. Born on September 27, 1997, in Los Angeles, he is the last child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver.  

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Christopher graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020, but his dream of the official graduation ceremony didn’t come true because of the pandemic restrictions. So, his bodybuilding father came up with a special post for his loving child and shared a photoshopped image of Christopher holding an “I did it!” trophy in cap and gown. 

Arnie also expressed his love for his son and shared a sweet message on Facebook. “I love you and I’m proud of you every day! You’re so smart, and you have such a big heart. Between your boxing classes, your weightlifting classes, your stretching classes, your cycling classes, and on and on, I can’t even keep up with you! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year,” the 76-year-old wrote on his son’s birthday. While Christopher’s professional and personal life is still under wraps, Arnie’s fourth child will ensure to follow his father’s work ethic.

Youngest Son- Joseph Baena

In 2011, the news of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s youngest child came to light. The Austrian Oak’s affair with Mildred Baena resulted in the birth of their love child, Joseph Baena, on October 2nd, 1997. Even though the revelation has strangled Schwarzenegger’s marital bliss, Arnie confessed that he is proud of Joseph Baena. 

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It was wrong what I did. But I don’t want to make Joseph feel that he is not welcomed in this world — because he is very much welcomed in this world,” the Governator revealed in his Netflix docuseries, Arnold. The father-son duo hang out with each other and love to train together.

Despite, being a “chubby” kid, Baena took up bodybuilding after his pops gave him the ‘Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.’ Now, the 26-year-old is an internet sensation, with fans hailing him as the bodybuilding heir of his father. However, Baena is restrained from competing in bodybuilding events as of now. His focus is on the acting arena. 

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The youngest child of Arnie is noted for his role in Bully High, 2021, and has multiple projects lined up. Baena will feature in Gunner, which stars Luke Hemsworth and Morgan Freeman, as per Deadline report. Apart from acting, Baena made a dancing stint on the 31st season of Dancing With the Stars, along with pro dancer Daniella Karagach.

It would appear Arnie’s raised them right, or Maria Shiver did, as the Terminator himself claimed on an episode of The Graham Norton Show, where he also reveals that he made them fold their bed sheets and taught them discipline. The fact is it doesn’t matter who did what because at the end of the day, those are some successfull kids.

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Etha Bindu Rani is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. Passionate about words, Bindu has always taken to writing like a fish to water. Being a fitness enthusiast, she considers bodybuilding the best opportunity to depict her writing skills and keep a tab on her inspirations, Ronnie Coleman and Chris Bumstead.
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