If Conan was the kick-start to Mr Schwarzenegger's movie career, then his next role was to put the pedal to the floor and accelerate his star status into overdrive. Director James Cameron penned a fast paced, science fiction themed film that called for an actor to play an unstoppable, ruthless predator from the future in The Terminator (1984). The 1984 high voltage action/thriller, which was made on a relatively modest budget, was incredibly successful worldwide, and began one of the most profitable film franchises in history.
His dead pan phrase "I'll be back" from the Terminator series quickly became part of popular culture across the globe. Action movie fans were to see Arnold reap box office gold in roles portraying tough, no-nonsense individuals who used their fists, guns and witty one-liners to get the job done.