When you think of action movie stars, is Arnold Schwarzenegger the first to come to mind? Well, he’s been named the greatest action hero of all time.
Not Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham or Jean-Claude Van Damme, but Ahhnold!
I grew up in the 90s and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name is usually not the first to come to mind when I think of action movies, but he still managed to beat the other greats in the eyes of Empire Magazine.
In fact, the Austrian-American body builder-turned-actor-turned-poltician-turned-philanthropist-turned-author is the only person ever to win the “Action Hero Award,” and that’s because the award was specially created for him.
According to Empire Magazine, no other actors comes close to Schwarzenegger’ legacy, thanks in large part to such iconic action films as Terminator, Total Recall, and Commando. He also dabbled in comedy over the years, with Twin — co-starring Danny DeVito — in particular showing a different side of him.
That’s not to say the man hasn’t made a bad film — Batman and Robin, anyone? — but has there ever been a legend who didn’t stumble on the way to greatness?
It’s not just Empire Magazine who believes Arnold is worth of the title. He’s also the number one action hero on Ranker.com, followed by Stallone coming in second.
So, is Arnold Schwarzenegger your greatest action hero of all time? Let us know in the comments below.