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Legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger Played an Extra in a Movie Before His Big Break a Decade Later

Published 07/17/2022, 7:45 AM EDT

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Arnold Schwarzenegger rose to legendary status in the bodybuilding universe before he made a mark in acting. Unsurprisingly, he always had his eyes set on acting. Therefore, the former bodybuilder would never skip a chance to act in a movie during the initial phase of his acting career.

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Therefore, when he debuted in a movie, he was not even credited with his original name. The makers credited the Terminator star as Arnold Strong in the film. But the young actor did not seem to mind; he was happy fulfilling his dream of becoming an actor.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger was not even credited for this cameo role

Schwarzenegger did not always have the reputation in the acting industry that he currently enjoys. Although he has enjoyed this status since the early 80s, he struggled quite a bit to make a mark in the industry.

Following his unsuccessful attempt at launching his acting career with Hercules in New York, he had to appear in a series of cameo roles, some of which went uncredited. Among them was the 1973 movie The Long Goodbye.


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The Austrian Oak appeared briefly during the scene at Augustine’s office. In it, he appeared as one of the gangster’s henchmen. However, it is worth noting that Arnie did not have a single dialogue during the length of his appearance in the movie.

The scene involved the gangster Marty Augustine intimidating Philip Marlowe to divulge information regarding money. Therefore, they likely chose the former bodybuilder for the role due to his menacing physique.

Something changed within a decade or so


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Schwarzenegger made his debut with Hercules in New York in 1970. Back then, the bodybuilder-turned-actor was still new to acting. However, he still scooped the lead role in the film, partly because the character for the lead role was Hercules. And the makers deemed him appropriate to portray the demi-god.

By the early 80s, the action star became the leading face of the action genre with blockbusters like Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator. Both movies enjoy a fair share of a cult following to this day, and it will not fade anytime soon. In subsequent years, the former Governor became synonymous with action films.


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However, he wanted to introduce a little variety to his projects. Therefore, he even signed up for comedy movies in the late 80s, most of which became massive hits at the box office.

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Aklanta Chetia


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Aklanta Chetia Wanniang is a US Sports author for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in Literature from the University of Delhi. With an interest in learning about multiple sports, Aklanta himself is a former sportsperson and has participated in state and national level swimming events.
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