Arnold Schwarzenegger pays passionate tribute to Franco Columbo, his best friend with whom he co-starred in numerous films.
One of Arnold’s closest friends was Franco, an Italian actor and bodybuilder. Arnold and Franco collaborated on multiple projects, including Terminator 2. They also worked out and exercised together in Italy and the United States.
During this difficult moment, our thoughts and prayers are with Franco’s family and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He states that his friend, who died at the age of 78, made his life “more complete.”
Schwarzenegger and Columbu, a two-time Mr. Olympia, co-starred in films including The Terminator, The Running Man, and Conan the Barbarian.
He was unwell while swimming in the sea, according to the Associated Press, and died in a hospital in his native Sardinia. On Instagram, the 72-year-old Hollywood star paid tribute to his Italian companion, posting images of the two at various points in their lives.
In a touching Instagram post, the former governor of California and actor said that Columbu made his life “happier, more colourful, and richer.” “But I’m also thankful that we’ve been friends and had fun for 54 years.”
“You were my crime partner from the day we met in Munich,” Schwarzenegger wrote to Columbu. “I knew that I wouldn’t be the same without my best friend, so I asked Joe Weider if he could bring you to training with me.” “I could live without money or my parents, but not without you.”
An interviewer who talked to him said that Columbu and Schwarzenegger started European Brick Works in 1969 to make money. That was said to have happened before the candidate got a proper work visa, which Schwarzenegger said was not true.
In a statement, he said he was “devastated” by Columbu’s death and was thankful for their friendship and the “54 years of joy we shared.”
“We did everything together, like work on the pumps, play chess, build things, eat lunch, make jokes, and learn about life,” he said. “We learned and loved together as we grew up.”
His only children are his daughter Maria and his wife Debbie.