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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Photograph By George Butler/Contact Press Images

Behold the pecs that launched more than 40 films and two terms as governor of California. They belong, of course, to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in 1973 was in his mid-20s, a bodybuilder and a part-time actor from Thal, Austria, when George Butler captured this image of him at Gold's Gym in Venice, Calif. That magnificent physique won Schwarzenegger five Mr. Universe and seven Mr. Olympia titles, and Butler's 1977 documentary, Pumping Iron, propelled him to new monikers: Conan the Barbarian, the Terminator, Mr. Freeze, the Governator. So it's nice to see him when he was the innocent-looking Austrian Oak.