A couple more small roles followed until Arnold entered the decade that would change his life, the 1980s. In 1982, he starred in the sword-and-sorcery epic Conan the Barbarian, and it launched him into the mainstream movie world. He followed it with a sequel in 1984, Conan the Destroyer. Also in 1984, he starred in his breakthrough role as a cybernetic killing machine from the future in James Cameron's The Terminator. After that it is, as they say, history.