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Arnold Schwarzenegger Pens Touching Letter to Ill 'Terminator' Fan

Despite playing a cold-hearted killing machine, Arnold Schwarzenegger proved that he's a family man deep down when he sent a heartwarming message to a father and son fans.

A Reddit user wrote a long message on his 30th birthday Wednesday, saying that he was watching "Terminator Genisys" with his father, who first got him hooked on the franchise with "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" in 1991.

"That experience really sparked a love for film, the kind of passion that my dad had for them. From then on we saw a bunch of movies together along the years, including all the 'Terminator' movies until now, it was our franchise," he wrote.

"My dad loved Arnold's catchphrase 'I'll be back' and he would just rewind it every time. I have only my dad to thank for my love for movies, it's one of those things we always shared together."

Tragically, in January his father — who had long suffered from mild dementia and schizophrenia — took a severe downward turn. As the Reddit user wrote, "he was hearing voices and acting very unusual, he wasn't himself anymore ... cursing and showing sign of aggression. He didn't want to watch movies anymore and it really broke my heart seeing him this way. He was there but it felt like he just doesn't want to partake in anything anymore."

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But miraculously watching "Terminator Genisys" brought him back to life a little. "I was actually surprised to see my dad enjoying it, not because it was this amazing film we never seen before but because for MONTHS he hasn't smile, he used to be a very happy man and always had a big smile on his face. I know it may sound dumb but it felt like a miracle!

"Thank you /u/GovSchwarzenegger, for making my father smile again."

The heartwrenching message caught the attention of over 200 commentators, none of them more touched than Schwarzenegger himself, who quickly responded.

"Wow. I'm in Korea on a whirlwind tour but you stopped me in my tracks. This is so touching. Thank you for sharing. I'd like to say 'this is why I do this' but you should know it was you who made your father smile," the action star wrote. "It was your presence and caring. Happy birthday, you've got a lot of wisdom for 30 years."

The actor and former California governer also attached a handwritten note to the father, telling him he was happy to make him smile again — and praising what a wonderful son he had raised.

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The writer of the original Reditt was naturally blown away by the reaction from Schwarzenegger.

"I am completely overwhelmed! So many emotions going through right now! Thank you so much/u/GovSchwarzenegger I really don't know what to say?!" he said.

"Made me cried so much (of pure joy), we needed this. seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart."

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NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 16: (LtoR) California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with son Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver and Christopher Schwarzenegger watch during NBA All-Star Saturday Night part of 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend at the New Orleans Arena on February 16, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver are on hand at the Plaza Hotel where he was honored with a Global Youth Peace & Tolerance Award. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: California Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger walks with his wife Maria Shriver and their four children to his inaugural ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Novemeber 17, 2003 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson-Pool/Getty Images)
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"Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million."
"My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it."
"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent."
"Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer."
"I have to give the audiences what they enjoy seeing while I try to bring in a little something new"
"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength."
"You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today."
"People should make up their own mind about what they think of me."
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