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Read Arnold Schwarzenegger’s handwritten birthday love letter to Reddit

Reddit gave Arnold Schwarzenegger the greatest birthday gift of all.


Fernando Alfonso III


Posted on Jul 31, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 10:19 am CDT

He’s won Mr. Olympia seven times, been the governor of California, married a Kennedy, and is one of the most recognizable actors of his generation.

So on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birthday Tuesday, what on Earth could the social news site Reddit have given the 66-year-old to inspire him to take a pen in his massive hand and write this heartfelt letter?

Nothing, actually—except for a few kind words and best wishes from Reddit’s r/fitness community.

“Thanks for being the greatest lifting inspiration to so many young people,” zuko_for_firelord commented. “Keep being the great man you are.”

This is the greatness of Schwarzenegger, who has become one of the most beloved and involved r/fitness community members.

Under his official Reddit account, u/GovSchwarzenegger, Ahnold has dropped in on r/fitness to discuss dieting tips and how to motivate yourself to work out. Two months ago, he confirmed a story in r/TIL (“today I learned”) about a dinner he had with Andre the Giant in 1983. When Schwarzenegger tried to pay for the meal, Andre lifted the former Mr. Universe like a baby and placed him back in his seat.

On July 11 Schwarzenegger popped into r/fitness once again to fire back against haters criticizing a cardio routine featured on

In celebration of Schwarzenegger’s birthday, redditor jonthrei shared this touching story of when his dad met the Terminator.

Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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*First Published: Jul 31, 2013, 12:35 pm CDT