Hollywood hardman Arnold Schwarzenegger will host an upcoming TV special about the top 100 heroes and villains of the screen - having played both good and evil robots in the Terminator films.

An AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE (AFI) poll asked voters to choose among 400 nominated characters from US cinema history, and decide which should be considered wicked or virtuous.

Schwarzenegger's T-800 killer robot is nominated twice, once for the attacking character he played in 1984's original THE TERMINATOR, and again for 1991's TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, in which the android he portrayed was a goodie.

The show is scheduled for 3 June (03) on TV network CBS and will feature interviews with actors including Kirk Douglas, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Reeve.

AFI has sent ballots to nearly 1,500 directors, actors, studio executives, critics and others in the entertainment industry.

Some characters are nominated en masse, such as the zombies from 1968's Night of the Living Dead and The Wild Bunch cowboys from director SAM PECKINPAH's 1969 western.

Previous AFI lists included the 100 best American films, led by CITIZEN KANE and the 100 funniest movies, with Some Like It Hot bagging the top spot.