Arnold Schwarzenegger

10/14/2017 – Arnold Schwarzenegger – “Killing Gunther” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood & Highland, 6925 Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: /

Birth Name: Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger

Place of Birth: Thal, Styria, Austria

Date of Birth: 30 July, 1947

Ethnicity: Austrian

Arnold Schwarzenegger is an Austrian and American actor, politician, professional bodybuilder, model, director, writer, producer, activist, philanthropist, investor, and businessperson. A Republican, he served as Governor of California, from November 17, 2003 to January 3, 2011. He has also been Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, from January 22, 1990 to January 20, 1993.

Arnold was born in Thal, Austria, to Aurelia (Jadrný) and Gustav Schwarzenegger. His father served in World War II with the German army. Arnold moved to the U.S. in 1968, and is now a U.S. citizen. Arnold has four children with his former wife, journalist Maria Shriver, including author Katherine Schwarzenegger and actor, model, and entrepreneur Patrick Schwarzenegger; and a son with Mildred Baena. Katherine is married to actor Chris Pratt.

Arnold’s paternal grandfather was Karl Mach/Schwarzenegger (the son of Wenzel Mach and Kunigunde Schwarzenegger). Karl was born in Neuberg an der Mürz. Kunigunde was the daughter of Simon Schwarzenegger and Maria Tatscher/Tascher.

Arnold’s paternal grandmother was Cecelia/Cecilia Hinterleitner (the daughter of Peter Hinterleitner and Regina Ehmann). Cecelia was born in Neuberg, Mürzzuschlag, Steiermark. Peter was the son of Johann Hinterleitner and Kunigund Pöll. Regina was the daughter of Josef Ehemann and Maria Mahler.

Arnold’s mother’s surname, Jadrný, may indicate some degree of Czech ancestry.

Sources: Genealogy of Arnold Schwarzenegger –

Genealogy of Arnold Schwarzenegger (focusing on his father’s side) –


Curious about ethnicity

28 Responses

  1. rafe says:

    This is wholly untrue. This is 23andme’s eye color map:

    Austrians don’t even have more blue eyes than Frenchmen.

  2. madman says:

    I’d change to:
    Austrian, possibly Czech

    Jadrný is definitely a Czech name. It seems unlikely that his mother would have that surname and no Czech ancestry.

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