Who are Arnold Schwarzenegger's five children?


Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 96th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre on March 10, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a father of five. (Variety via Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s youngest son Joseph Baena has revealed why he’s not taken his famous dad’s surname, saying he wants to do things on his own.

Baena, 26, is the son that the Terminator actor had with Mildred ‘Patty’ Baena, his former housekeeper. He was born in October 1997, just days after Schwarzenegger’s then wife Maria Shriver gave birth to their youngest son Christopher.

Opening up about their relationship on Good Morning Britain (GMB), Baena said the former Governor of California was “a great father”. “He has been nothing but amazing to me,” he said. “He’s been very supportive with everything that I have chosen to do.”

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver helps adjust a
reporter's microphone as her husband speaks on the steps after filing
his candidate papers for California governor in the October recall
election, at the Los Angeles Registrar's office in Norwalk, California
August 9, 2003. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen

FSPActor Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife Maria Shriver helps adjust a
reporter's microphone as her husband speaks on the steps after filing
his candidate papers for California governor in the October recall
election, at the Los Angeles Registrar's office in Norwalk, California
August 9, 2003. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen

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Arnold Schwarzenegger had four children with Maria Shriver. (Reuters)

However, he has chosen not to take the name Schwarzenegger, explaining: “I think the main thing is that I am trying to do things on my own and pursue my career with my will, my determination and my work ethic. It’s just doing everything through me… I think it is really important growing up as a man to do things on your own and to figure it out.”

Baena has four half-siblings as Schwarzenegger had four children with Shriver, who he was married to from 1986 to 2011.

We have a look at all there is to know about the star’s brood.

Katherine

Katherine Schwarzenegger poses for a portrait in Los Angeles March 17, 2011. Schwarzenegger is not your average 21 year-old college student. She is the first-born child of ex-California Governor and Hollywood movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver. But in her own right, Katherine is an author, and she raises money for charities including her uncle Anthony Shriver's group, Best Buddies, a volunteer program to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Picture taken March 17, 2011. To match Reuters Life! PEOPLE-KATHERINESCHWARZENEGGER REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)Katherine Schwarzenegger poses for a portrait in Los Angeles March 17, 2011. Schwarzenegger is not your average 21 year-old college student. She is the first-born child of ex-California Governor and Hollywood movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver. But in her own right, Katherine is an author, and she raises money for charities including her uncle Anthony Shriver's group, Best Buddies, a volunteer program to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Picture taken March 17, 2011. To match Reuters Life! PEOPLE-KATHERINESCHWARZENEGGER REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY)

Katherine Schwarzenegger is the star’s oldest child. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

The star’s oldest child is daughter Katherine, 34.

She may be better known that the rest of his brood, as she is married to Hollywood actor Chris Pratt. The pair started dating in 2018 after they met at church and they tied the knot a year later and now have two daughters – Lyla, three, and Eloise, one.

Rather than following in her dad’s footsteps, Katherine has carved out her own career as a writer. She was just 21 and still a student when she published her own book, Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets To Loving Your Inner And Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There And Back.

And since then she’d followed up other self-help books and a children’s book.

Schwarzenegger has often spoken of his pride in his eldest, and said on Facebook in 2021: “You changed my life when you came into this world and it’s been better ever since – being a father, and now a grandfather, is just the best role in the world.”

Christina

Premiere Of Saban Films' 'Killing Gunther'  Featuring: Katherine Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christina Schwarzenegger Where: Hollywood, California, United States When: 14 Oct 2017 Credit: FayesVision/WENN.comPremiere Of Saban Films' 'Killing Gunther'  Featuring: Katherine Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christina Schwarzenegger Where: Hollywood, California, United States When: 14 Oct 2017 Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

Katherine Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christina Schwarzenegger in 2017. (FayesVision/WENN.com)

At 32, Christina is Schwarzenegger’s second child with Shriver.

She has followed in her mother’s footsteps when it comes to raising awareness of worthy causes, and is a member of the Special Olympics Founder’s Council.

Five years ago she and her mum worked together on a documentary called Take Your Pills, after she shared that she took Adderall when she was younger. Christina told Fox News that she used the medication for a little while in high school having been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, then started using it again at university.

“I didn’t really become too dependent on it until I was in my junior year of college,” she said. “In our junior and senior year of college, I pretty much used it very frequently.”

Patrick

Arnold Schwarzenegger and son Patrick, left, arrive for the European Premiere of The Last Stand at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)Arnold Schwarzenegger and son Patrick, left, arrive for the European Premiere of The Last Stand at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Arnold Schwarzenegger and his son Patrick at a premiere in 2013. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Patrick, 30, has modelled and started his own clothing line when he was in his teens. He is also an actor starting out with supporting roles then in 2022 bagging a part in true crime mini-series The Staircase.

That year he was also cast as a man with special powers in Gen V, the spin-off of TV series The Boys. Patrick has also worked with his mum, with the pair created a wellness and brain nutrition range called MOSH.

He was once romantically linked to Miley Cyrus but is now engaged to model Abby Champion.

Praising his son on his birthday a few years back, Schwarzenegger wrote on Facebook: “I love you, I’m proud of you, and watching you grow every day in every way is one of my greatest joys. Your business is booming, your acting career is taking off, but most importantly, you never forget to reach out and help others.”

Christopher

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 14:  (L-R) Patrick Schwarzenegger, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Christopher Schwarzenegger arrive at the premiere of Lionsgate Films' HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 14:  (L-R) Patrick Schwarzenegger, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Christopher Schwarzenegger arrive at the premiere of Lionsgate Films'

Arnold Schwarzenegger with his sons Patrick and Christopher. (Getty Images)

Christopher, who is 26, is the youngest child of Schwarzenegger and Shriver and was born less than week before Baena.

He tends to keep a lower profile than his siblings, and although it is known that he attended the University of Michigan, little has been said of what he’s up to now.

However, last summer there was a flurry of headlines about Christopher as he was photographed showing off a new trim physique after embarking on a fitness regime.

Wishing him a happy birthday a few years back, Schwarzenegger wrote on Instagram: “Happy birthday Christopher! I love you and I’m proud of you every day!

“You’re so smart, and you have such a big heart.

“Between your boxing classes, your weightlifting classes, your stretching classes, your cycling classes, and on and on, I can’t even keep up with you! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish this year.”

Joseph

Baena discovered that the Hollywood star was his dad at 13 and previously said on the Unwaxed podcast that it “took a little while for me and him to get really close and just [feel] like I can joke around with him and talk about anything”.

Reflecting on finding out about it on GMB, he said: “As a kid you don’t really question too much. It’s just how it is. For me, I love my father. He is an amazing man. I love my mother, she is an amazing woman. So yeah, I’m just really happy and honoured to be a part of this family.”

Like his dad, Bena is a bodybuilder and actor, with films such as Lava and Bully High to his name. This year he will star in Gunner alongside Hollywood stars Morgan Freeman and Luke Hemsworth.

“It’s such an honour to be in the same film as Morgan Freeman and Luke Hemsworth,” he said on GMB. “Luke is amazing. They are both amazing actors and I had such a blast filming with the both of them. This film is just so action packed and I am really excited for everyone to see it.”

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