ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

The Terminator is one of cinema's longest running franchises, and has seen many a bonafide or future star pass through its hallowed halls. But it is also renowned for being a franchise that has nearly destroyed careers, and had performers who have publicly struggled with addiction ply their talents and then spiral out of control.

So while we're on the subject of spiraling and almost disappearing from the public eye, what has happened to some of the most notable stars from the first three Terminator movies? What have they been up to?

Shall we take a look...

The Governator

Arnold Schwarzenegger - T-800

(The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Genisys)

Quite the opposite of unsung, but still worth a mention due to his meteoric rise. The Austrian Oak had an eight-year run as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, taking a bit of time out to make appearances in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Around the World in 80 Days.

Mother of the Savior

Linda Hamilton - Sarah Connor

(The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day)

Linda Hamilton had a fairly varied time after her stint playing the unapologetically badass Sarah Connor. Since starring in T2, she continued to star in features and TV series, but mainly as supporting characters, culminating with a 12 episode run in Chuck and playing Pilar McCawley in the video game tie-in series Defiance.

In 2005, Hamilton revealed that she suffers from bipolar disorder, which she attributes to her divorce from first husband Bruce Abbott, who walked out on her when she was with child.

The Curse of John Connor

Edward Furlong - John Connor

(Terminator 2: Judgement Day)

Furlong's tale is a particularly sad one. The child actor swiftly rose to prominence after his remarkable debut performance in Judgement Day at the age of 13, and acclaimed performances in American Heart, Pecker and American History X.

Furlong had long battled alcoholism and substance abuse, sending his career into free fall. After admitting to being addicted to hard drugs in a 2006 interview, Furlong would go on to be arrested several times for domestic abuse in the '00s, culminating with a jail sentence, rehab and domestic abuse counseling.

Nick Stahl - John Connor

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

The former child actor, renowned for roles in The Man with No Face, The Bedroom and Bully, had very public struggles with alcohol and substance abuse, like many of his peers who found stardom at a tender age. His most recent misdemeanor coming in 2013, when he and three others were arrested for using meth in a motel in Hollywood.

In 2012 he was arrested for "lewd conduct" while visiting a private booth in an adult movie store, 7 months after being reported missing by his ex-wife.

The Terminatrix

Kristanna Loken - T-X

(Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

The former model Loken has been pretty consistent since her breakthrough role as the female deathbot in T3, with roles coming in nearly every year since 2003. Her most recent outing was in '14's Mercenaries and The Asylum produced all-female parody of The Expendables 3.


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