While he may lack the extensive critical acclaim of some of his contemporaries, I would make the argument any day of the week that Arnold Schwarzenegger deserves to be recognised alongside others in the great pantheon of actors. Born to humble beginnings in the farming village of Thal, Austria, Arnold would conquer the world of bodybuilding before taking on the challenge of establishing himself as a leading man. Breaking through the language barrier and playing to qualities that were uniquely his own, he starred as the lead in films throughout the 1980s and 1990s such as Conan The Barbarian, The Terminator, Commando, Predator, Twins, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lie and Junior. At one point the highest paid actor in Hollywood (in 2003, for Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, he received a whopping $29.25 million salary, plus 20% of the film’s profits), Schwarzenegger wowed us, entertained us, frightened us, made us laugh and even made us cry. In the process, he became one of the few truly transcendent and international cultural icons of our time.