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Is Patrick Schwarzenegger related to John F Kennedy? Here's how Arnold's son is political royalty

Patrick's mother and renowned American journalist Maria Schriver is directly related to the Kennedy family
Patrick Schwarzenegger is related to the Kennedy family through his mother (Getty Images)
Patrick Schwarzenegger is related to the Kennedy family through his mother (Getty Images)

The Terminator's son might have a lot of living up to do, but it's never too late to remind the world that Patrick Schwarzenegger is actually related to one of the most famous presidential families of all times — the Kennedys. These days the young Schwarzenegger is seen on posters, trailers and other promotional outlets for his upcoming film 'Moxie', where he stars alongside Amy Poehler and Josephine Langford.

But having found his way to comedic royalty isn't the only feather to his bonnet. Thanks to his mother, Maria Shriver, Schwarzenegger is a direct descendant of late US president John F Kennedy. 


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Who is Maria Schriver?

Shriver is a renowned American journalist, author, former first lady of California and the founder of the nonprofit organization The Women's Alzheimer's Movement. She married the former governor of California and acclaimed actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1986, after being introduced to him almost a decade ago in 1977. The couple divorced after 25 years of marriage in 2011 and they share four children: Katherine, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.

Who is Maria Schriver's family?

Apart from her illustrious career, Shriver has also been quite popular for her Kennedy heritage. Her mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the only sister of late president John F and his brothers US Attorney General and US Senator Robert F Kennedy and US Senator Ted Kennedy. She has six other prominent siblings. Much like her mother, Shriver too was the only daughter among her siblings and was the second child of politician Sargent Shriver and his activist wife, Eunice, who founded the Special Olympics.

Eunice Kennedy Schriver, television reporter Maria Shriver, Sargent Shriver, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger attend the Mentor Foundation's 'Global Celebration: An Evening Honoring the Generations of the Future' Gala at the Paramount Studios on November 3, 2002, in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)

How is Patrick Schwarzenegger related to the Kennedys?

This makes her son Patrick a grand-nephew of the late president. Speaking with Entertainment Inquirer, he once elaborated on the impact of being raised by a mother so closely related to the Kennedys. "My mom comes from a political and public service background. Her mother started the Special Olympics and obviously, her uncle was JFK," he told the outlet shortly ahead of the release of his 2018 film 'Midnight Sun' where he starred opposite Bella Thorne. "Her father started the Peace Corps, and her brother started Best Buddies. The other one does Save the Children. So, it’s a lot of political and charitable giving back. We’re all so fortunate to have the lives that we have."

His father, Arnold, was affiliated to the Republican party at the time of his stint as California governor. Speaking about the same, Patrick had shared: "Yeah, my dad is a Republican, but what he thinks he’s doing is for the people rather than the party. Why he wanted to go into politics in the first place was not to say, 'I am a Republican versus a Democrat.' But it was to go more into the sense of, I came to America and experienced the American dream. Let me find a way to pay back. That is his side of the political world, and that’s my side of the political world. At the end of the day, I just want to help other people and give back."

Christina Schwarzenegger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Katherine Schwarzenegger attend the premiere of National Geographic's 'The Long Road Home' at Royce Hall on October 30, 2017, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

Patrick Schwarzenegger on growing up as a Kennedy

In the same interview, Patrick had opened up about what it's like to be related to royalties, both in Hollywood as well as US politics. "I don’t try to keep up with a certain image," he told the outlet about the pressures of being in the limelight. "I have learned a lot from the Kennedy side, from the history, my mom, grandmother and grandfather, especially. And then finding ways to use what I’ve learned in my own life, because you have learned in school that teachers can throw as much information as you want, but it’s what you chew, swallow and retain."

The actor, only 25 at the time, had said: "So, no matter what your background is, it’s how you take that information in and use it in your own life. As far as what the Kennedy dynasty or mythology is, I just use certain components of it that can help make me a better person and find ways, like I was saying earlier, we are a family of public service."