Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t exactly the most well-off child growing up. It was years before he gained his fame. Arnie was born in an Austrian village in 1947, and his father was an ex-Nazi who verbally and physically abused him. His father much preferred his older son, Meinhard, to young Arnold, and he provoked him to be just as antagonistic to Arnold as he was. Perhaps the abuse was what triggered Arnold to become a strong and fearless bodybuilder. He later refused to attend the funerals of his brother and father. We can all see just what motivation can do to a person!