We start out with the most famous of them all: The Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger is our first action hero. He became a true Hollywood star when he took on on the role of The Terminator in 1984.
David Rasche became a household name due to his role in the cult series Sledge Hammer!. In TV series from the late eighties the actor played a violent and chauvinistic police inspector.
The following actors all had their big breakthroughs in the eighties and nineties as action heroes. Carry on reading to see how their careers began and which actors are still successful today!