Posts from ethanedwards in thread „Clint Eastwood“

    Just watched probably the best of the Dirty Harry movies,
    Sudden Impact
    Somehow, Clint's part would not have suited Duke,
    who originally turned down the character.
    As Clint is still very much a living legend,
    I have also taken this opportunity to edit this profile,
    updating the Filmography and Trivia.

    Easily my second as well. Ya know, Duke had his role as Singing Sandy, if I'm not mistaken, ol' Clint sang a little bit in Paint Your Wagon.

    He sang in quite a few, and was quite a 'dab hand'
    on the music front, as you can see!

    Keith, your post states that Clint dubbed his voice in the American release of his "Man with no name" films. I always noticed that his lips seemed in sync, while the other actors were not. Did Clint speak his parts in English and they dubbed him for the Italian release, or could he really speak Italian? I always wondered about that.


    I would have thought exactly that.
    Clint would have just spoke in English, and they dubbed him with Italian,
    whilst, for the English releases, the Italians were dubbed.

    Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American film actor, director, producer, composer, and politician.
    Eastwood first came to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide (1959–1966).
    He rose to fame for playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti westerns
    (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)
    during the late 1960s, and as Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films
    (Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool)
    throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
    These roles, among others, have made him an enduring cultural icon of a certain type of masculinity.

    To me Clint Eastwood, was the natural successor to Duke.

    Darcy O'Brien, son of actor George, said,


    Clint Eastwood is only the afterglow of John Wayne...
    Both fulfill America's frontier ideal of itself

    Totally different in style, Duke was above the Law,
    Clint's characters were on the darkside, and with lots more agression.


    IMDB..The producers of Dirty Harry (1971) originally didn't want Eastwood,
    since they felt he was too young at 41. After older stars like
    John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum turned the film down,
    Eastwood was cast. He last played Harry Callahan aged 57 in The Dead Pool (1988),
    which was the age the character was supposed to be
    in the first film according to the original screenplay.

    Duke regretted turning this part down and wen on to make McQ
    as if to prove the point, and even cash in, on the Cop movie hits.

    From the book, John Wayne;American.


    Duke enjoyed the Eastwood films,and recognized elements of his own work at every turn,
    but he also noticed the differences.Eastwood exaggerated the persona.

    Duke remarked


    If it had been Jed Cooper of Hang 'em High, instead of Ethan Edwards,
    that found Lucy...he probably would have shot her|!

    Clint helped in keeping keeping the Western genre alive,
    from Rowdy Yates in Rawhide, to
    the cheapo spaghettis, to the more sophisticated,
    The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider and
    the classic Unforgiven

    Clint Eastwood, has proved to be credit to the business,
    as a fine actor, producer and director.

    Previous threads to check out:-

    Wayne On Eastwood


    Information From IMDb

    Date of Birth
    31 May 1930,
    San Francisco, California, USA

    Birth Name
    Clinton Eastwood Jr.

    Trade Mark
    His characters have a new "trademark expression" in each movie. The same character (e.g., Dirty Harry) will have a different one in each movie.

    At the end of movies he directs, during the credits the camera will move around the location it was filmed in. then freezeframe for the rest of the credits.

    Frequently uses shadow lighting in his films.

    The lead characters in his movie are often outsiders with a dark past they prefer not to remember

    His movies usually begin and end with the death of a character.

    His films often deal with the gap between the truth and the mythologized version of the truth (White Hunter Black Heart, Unforgiven, Flags of our Fathers)

    Often plays characters who are consumed by regrets over past mistakes and are given one chance to redeem themselves (Unforgiven, In the Lineof Fire, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino)

    Recurring pattern of his characters is having an unloaded gun or one that misfires.

    6' 2" (1.88 m)

    Dina Eastwood (31 March 1996 - present) 1 child
    Maggie Johnson (19 December 1953 - 1978) (divorced) 2 children

    Is a partial owner of the Pebble Beach Golf Country Club in Monterey Peninsula, California.

    Owns the inn Mission Ranch, Carmel, California, USA.

    )1998) Received an honorary Cesar award in Paris, France, for his body of work.

    Ranked #2 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [10/97]

    He wore the same poncho, without ever having washed it, in all three of his "Man with No Name" Westerns.

    Gained popularity with his first three major films, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). Soon afterwards Jolly Films (which produced A Fistful of Dollars (1964)) came out with a film called "The Magnificent Stranger", which was actually two episodes of "Rawhide" (1959) edited together. Eastwood sued and the film was withdrawn.

    Elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. It has often been claimed that he ran for office as a Republican. In fact, although he was registered as a Republican in California, the position of mayor is non-partisan. [1986]

    Was apparently such an organized director that he finished Absolute Power (1997) days ahead of schedule.

    When Don Siegel fell ill during production of Dirty Harry (1971), Eastwood stepped in as director during the attempted-suicide/jumper sequence.

    Got his role in "Rawhide" (1959) while visiting a friend at the CBS lot when a studio exec spotted him because he "looked like a cowboy."

    Drafted and served in the US Army, assigned to Special Services. He was a swimming instructor. [1950-1954]

    Lived with Sondra Locke for 14 years, although the couple never married.

    It's interesting, given his penchant towards directing or starring in westerns, that his name, Clint Eastwood, is an anagram for 'old west action.'

    His name is used as the title of the hit Gorillaz song and video "Clint Eastwood". [2001]

    Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s TV hit "The Fall Guy" (1981).

    For many years he was the owner of the nation's largest known hardwood tree, a bluegum eucalyptus, until a larger version of the tree was discovered in 2002.

    Sworn in as Parks Commissioner for the state of California at Big Basin Redwood Park, Santa Cruz. Holding up his new commissioner's badge, he told the crowd, "You're all under arrest.". [6/8/02]

    Recipient of John F. Kennedy Center Honors. [2000]

    Received the Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. [2000]

    Is of a mixed heritage that includes Dutch, Scottish, Irish and English blood.

    Redubbed his own dialogue for the American releases of A Fistful of Dollars (1964) ("A Fistful Of Dollars"), For a Few Dollars More (1965) ("For A Few Dollars More"), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) ("The Good, The Bad and The Ugly").

    When he directs, he insists that his actors wear as little makeup as possible and he likes to print first takes. As a result, his films consistently finish on schedule and on budget.

    When directing, he simply says "okay" instead of "action" and "cut." (source: "Sunday Morning Shootout").

    Weighed 11 lbs 6 oz at birth.

    He was a contract player at Universal International. He and another young actor named Burt Reynolds were released from their contracts and left the studio on the same day. They were both fired by the same director. Eastwood was fired when the director didn't want to use him in a movie because "his Adam's Apple was too big." Reynolds, who was serving as a stunt man, was fired after he shoved the director into a water tank during an argument over how to do a stunt fall.

    Mentioned on T.G. Sheppard's hit single "Make My Day," which in the first half of 1984 reached #12 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and also reached #62 on that magazine's Hot 100 singles survey.

    Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985". Pages 294-302. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.

    He was going to play the villain "Two-Face" on the "Batman" (1966) TV series, but the show was canceled before the project began. He would later be considered to play Batman as an older man before Warner Brothers decided to proceed with Batman Begins (2005).

    He was voted the 16th "Greatest Movie Star of All Time" by Entertainment Weekly. Eastwood was only two rankings behind his own all-time favorite film actor, James Cagney.

    Grandfather of Clinton Eastwood-Gaddie (b. 21 February 1984, son of Kimber Eastwood and Anthony Gaddie) and Graylen Eastwood (b. 28 March 1994, daughter of Kyle Eastwood and Laura Gomez).

    Has 7 children by 5 different women: Kimber Eastwood (born 17 June 1964) with Roxanne Tunis, Kyle Eastwood (born 19 May 1968) and Alison Eastwood (born 22 May 1972) with Maggie Johnson, Scott Eastwood (born 21 March 1986) and Kathryn Eastwood (2 February 1988) with Jacelyn Reeves, Francesca Fisher-Eastwood (born 7 August 1993) with Frances Fisher and Morgan Eastwood (born 12 December 1996) with Dina Eastwood.

    Is owner of the exclusive Tehama golf club in Carmel Valley, California.

    He was reluctant to have children with his wife at first (although he did have a child from an affair), but then she became very ill with hepatitis. Once she recovered, he changed his mind, and almost 15 years after they married, their first child together was born.

    Although he has been associated with violence throughout his career, he personally detests it and has carefully shown the horrific consequences of violence in his more recent films, such as Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), Absolute Power (1997), Mystic River (2003) Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Gran Torino (2008).

    He has always disliked the reading of political and social agendas in his films, which has occurred from Dirty Harry (1971) to Million Dollar Baby (2004). He has always maintained that all of his films are apolitical and what he has in mind when making a film is whether it's going to be entertaining and compelling.

    Has been named to Quigley Publications' annual Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars 21 times, making him #2 all-time for appearances in the top 10 list. Only John Wayne, with 25 appearances in the Top 10, has more. Eastwood, who first appeared in the Top Ten at #5 in 1968, finished #2 to Wayne at the box office in 1971 after finishing #2 to Paul Newman in 1970. After his first two consecutive #1 appearances in 1972 and 1973, he dropped back to #2 in 1974, trailing Robert Redford at the box office. Clint was again #2 in 1979, 1981 and 1982 (topped by Burt Reynolds all three years), before leading the charts in 1983 and '84. He last topped the poll in 1993.

    Was named the top box-office star of 1972 and again in 1973 by the Motion Picture Herald, based on an annual poll of exhibitors as to the drawing power of movie stars at the box-office, conducted by Quigley Publications.

    He was the only nominee for the Best Actor Oscar in 2004 (for Million Dollar Baby (2004)) to play a fictitious character. All four other nominees portrayed real people in their respective films.

    A sample of his whistling can be heard on the track "Big Noise" from his son Kyle Eastwood's jazz CD "Paris Blue" (2004).

    At the The 45th Annual Academy Awards (1973) (TV), he presented the 1972 Best Picture Oscar to Albert S. Ruddy, the producer of The Godfather (1972). Thirty-two years later, they would jointly accept the 2004 Best Picture Oscar at the The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV), along with fellow Million Dollar Baby (2004) co-producer Tom Rosenberg.

    At the The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) (TV) in 2000, presented the Best Picture statuette to American Beauty (1999).

    Was named the #1 top money-making star at the box office in Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors five times between 1972 and 1993. Bing Crosby, Burt Reynolds and Tom Hanks also have been named #1 five times, while Tom Cruise holds the record for being named #1 six times.

    Wife Dina Ruiz (Dina Eastwood) is a former local television news anchor/reporter in California.

    On February 27, 2005, at age 74, he became the oldest person to win the Best Director Oscar for Million Dollar Baby (2004). His 95-year old mother was in attendance at the ceremony.

    He directed 10 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Gene Hackman, Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, and himself (in Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004)). Hackman, Penn, Robbins, Freeman and Swank won Oscars for their performances in one of Eastwood's movies.

    For two consecutive years he directed two out of the four actors who won Oscars for their performances: Sean Penn (Best Actor) and Tim Robbins (Best Supporting Actor) in Mystic River (2003)) in 2004, and Hilary Swank (Best Actress) and Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor) for Million Dollar Baby (2004)) in 2005.

    Received an honorary Doctorate from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Wesleyan is also home to his personal archives. [2000]

    Every year the PGA tour comes to Pebble Beach, California, to host a celebrity golf tournament where celebrities team up with the professionals. Clint has participated in this every year from 1962-2002 and has been the longest running participant. He now serves as Host.

    Announced that he would supply the voice for a "Dirty Harry" video game. [2005]

    Premiere Magazine ranked him as #43 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature. [2005]

    Favorite actor is James Cagney.

    Some of his favorite movies are, The 39 Steps (1935), Sergeant York (1941), Strange Incident (1943) and Chariots of Fire (1981).

    Some of his favorite actors are Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and James Stewart.

    In the late 1990s he said that Play Misty for Me (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Bronco Billy (1980),Honkytonk Man (1982), Unforgiven (1992) and A Perfect World (1993) are the favorites of the films he had done.

    Has his look-alike puppet in the French show "Les guignols de l'info" (1988).

    He stood at 6'4" at his peak, but due to recent back problems, he can only stretch up to 6'2".

    He, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Richard Attenborough and Kevin Costner are the only directors best known as actors who have won an Academy Award as Best Director.

    President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. [1994]

    Claimed that the trait he most despised in others was racism.

    The boots that he wore in Unforgiven (1992) are the same ones he wore in the TV series "Rawhide" (1959). They are now a part of his private collection and were on loan to the 2005 Sergio Leone exhibit at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California. In essence these boots have book-ended his career in the Western genre.

    He and former partner Sondra Locke made six films together: Any Which Way You Can (1980), Bronco Billy (1980), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), The Gauntlet (1977), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and Sudden Impact (1983).

    As a director, he has always refused, and refuses to this day, to test screen his films before their release.

    He objected to the end of Dirty Harry (1971) when Harry throws his badge away after killing the Scorpio Killer, arguing with director Don Siegel that Harry knew that being a policeman was the only work for which he was suited. Siegel eventually convinced Eastwood that Harry threw his badge away as a symbol that he had lost faith in the justice system.

    His production company is Malpaso Productions, which he formed in 1968.

    At the National Board of Review awards dinner in New York City, Eastwood joked that he would kill filmmaker Michael Moore if Moore ever showed up at his home with a camera (an evident reference to Moore's controversial interview with Eastwood's friend, actor and conservative activist Charlton Heston, for the movie Bowling for Columbine (2002)). After the crowd laughed, Eastwood said, "I mean it." Moore's spokesman said, "Michael laughed along with everyone else, and took Mr. Eastwood's comments in the lighthearted spirit in which they were given." Publicly, Eastwood has not commented further. [2005]

    Took acting class from Michael Chekhov in Hollywood.

    He attended President Richard Nixon's landslide victory celebration in Los Angeles, along with John Wayne, Charlton Heston, and Glenn Ford. [1972]

    Was appointed to serve on the National Council of the Arts by President Richard Nixon. [1972]

    Voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, Ross Perot in 1992, and John McCain in 2008.

    Has ruled out the possibility of playing Dirty Harry again, saying he has "outgrown him age-wise."

    His performance as "Dirty" Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) is ranked #92 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time. [2006]

    At a press conference for his movie Mystic River (2003), Eastwood condemned the Iraq war as a "big mistake" and defended Sean Penn's visit to Baghdad, saying he might have done the same thing but for his age.

    His mother, Ruth Eastwood, died at age 96. [2/7/06]

    He declined an offer from President George Bush to campaign for him in the Presidential election. He told an interviewer the next year, "I think what the ultra-right wing conservatives did to the Republicans is really self-destructive, absolutely stupid". [1992]

    His performance as Blondie in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is ranked #50 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

    His performance as "Dirty" Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) is ranked #42 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

    Was friends with Robert Donner.

    He claims that he wound up getting the role in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) because James Coburn, to whom the role was originally offered, wanted $25,000. Eastwood accepted the role for $15,000.

    Was offered Al Pacino's role in Any Given Sunday (1999), but turned it down because Warner Bros. wouldn't let him direct it also.

    Is a patron of the arts, notably as an avid collector of western art.

    Presented the Golden Globe Award for Best Director to Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain (2005).

    His A Fistful of Dollars (1964) mannerisms were imitated in Canada, by the Tim Horton's restaurant chain, to promote the Southwest chicken sub. [2005]

    Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Ft. Ord, California, across from Monterey (over the hill from where he now lives and has served as mayor, Carmel-by-the-Sea). He was a swimming instructor.

    Whenever asked if he would do a Dirty Harry 6, he often joked that he can imagined Dirty Harry now longed retired, and fly-fishing with his .44 magnum.

    His first screen appearance was an uncredited role in Revenge of the Creature (1955), as the goofy white-coated lab assistant who does the silly mouse gag in the lab scene with the monkey. His only line in the film is, "I've lost my white mouse".

    Cited as America's Favorite Movie Star by the Harris Polls conducted in 1993, 1994 and 1997. Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford are the only other actors to be cited as the #1 Movie Star as many times.

    He was not nominated for an Academy Award, either as an actor or as a director, until age 62.

    His favorite movie is John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (1941).

    Met John Wayne for the first time at the Republican National Convention. [1968]

    He was awarded the rank of "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" by French President Jacques Chirac as a tribute to his career as an actor and a filmmaker. [2/17/07]

    Voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California in 2003 and 2006.

    Son of Clinton Eastwood (11 June 1906 - 22 July 1970) and wife Margaret Ruth Runner (1 September 1909 - 7 February 2006).

    Attended a celebration of John Wayne's 40-year career at Paramount Studios, along with Lee Marvin, Rock Hudson, Fred MacMurray, James Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Caine and Laurence Harvey. [1969]

    Fluent in Italian.

    Had to fill in for Charlton Heston at The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV) until Heston arrived. [1972]

    Was offered Gregory Peck's role in Mackenna's Gold (1969), but turned it down to make Hang 'Em High (1968) instead.

    The producers of Dirty Harry (1971) originally didn't want Eastwood, since they felt he was too young at 41. After older stars like John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum turned the film down, Eastwood was cast. He last played Harry Callahan aged 57 in The Dead Pool (1988), which was the age the character was supposed to be in the first film according to the original screenplay.

    William Friedkin offered him the lead in Sorcerer (1977), but Eastwood didn't want to travel anywhere at that time. Jack Nicholson turned the film down for the same reason.

    Used to shop at Market Basket a lot when it was still open.

    Mentioned in theme song in The Adventures of George the Projectionist (2006).

    Received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California. [5/11/07]

    Studied at Los Angeles City College.

    Learned mountain climbing for The Eiger Sanction (1975) because he felt the scenes were too dangerous for him to pay a stuntman to do for him. He was the last climber up The Totem Pole in Monument Valley, and as part of the contract, the movie crew removed the pitons left by decades of other climbers. The scene where he was hanging off the mountain by a single rope was actually Eastwood, and not a stuntman.

    An accomplished jazz pianist, he performs much of the music for his movies, including the scene in the bar in In the Line of Fire (1993).

    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Eastwood into the California Hall of Fame located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts. [12/6/06]

    Along with John Travolta and Tom Selleck, he attended the formal state dinner at the White House held by President Ronald Reagan to welcome Prince Charles and Princess Diana to the United States in 1985.

    In the late 1980s he discussed remaking the classic Sam Peckinpah western Guns in the Afternoon (1962) with Charlton Heston.

    He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.

    'William Goldman (I)' said of Eastwood that he was the only person to be a star in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. By "star" Goldman means Variety's list of top ten actors of the decade.

    Sondra Locke wrote an autobiography titled "The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly", which included details about her troubled relationship with him.

    Former longtime companion Sondra Locke filed a palimony lawsuit against him after their break-up in 1990. The settlement included a financial payment and a contract between Locke and Warner Bros. She sued him again in 1996 for fraud. They settled out of court in 1999, for a reported large amount, details of which were not publicly disclosed.

    Though he often smokes in his movies, he is a lifelong non-smoker offscreen.

    Although he can handle pistols with either hand equally well, he is left-eye dominant, evident when he shoots a rifle as in Joe Kidd (1972) or Unforgiven (1992), but is right handed, as seen when he wears or handles one pistol.

    He and Burt Reynolds both had major influences on their respective careers. It was he who sent a copy of "Sharky's Machine" to Reynolds, which gave Reynolds the idea to turn the novel into a movie, Sharky's Machine (1981), which went on to garner excellent reviews. On the other hand, it was Reynolds the one who sent Clint a copy of "The Outlaw Josey Wales", made into a major motion picture by Eastwood (The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)). Years later, Burt told Clint about this great novel called The Bridges of Madison County, and some time later, it was shot by Eastwood (The Bridges of Madison County (1995)).

    Served as Mayor of Carmel California for one term with a salary of $300.00 per year.

    Lived with Frances Fisher from 1990 to 1995. They have also appeared in three movies together: Pink Cadillac (1989), Unforgiven (1992) and True Crime (1999).

    Turned down the title role in Dick Tracy (1990) that went to Warren Beatty.

    Has a younger sister, Jean, and three nieces.

    Attended the The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) (TV) with Frances Fisher, mother Ruth Eastwood-Belden, and stepfather Jon Belden-Wood.

    Has been extremely health-conscious ever since his father, Clinton Sr., died of a stroke at age 63 on July 22, 1970.

    Though he has lapsed out of organized religion, he practices meditation twice a day.

    Dislikes hunting, saying that he doesn't enjoy killing an animal for no reason.

    Stepfather, John Belden Wood, died on February 18, 2004 at age 90. He was married to Clint's mother for almost 32 years.

    While serving in the Army during the Korean War, he survived a plane crash landing into the Pacific, north of San Francisco, and swam two miles to shore. Because he had to testify about the incident, he was not sent to Korea with his unit.

    He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts on February 25, 2010 for his services and contributions to the arts.

    Contrary to rumors, he is not a vegetarian. However, he does keep to a strict lowfat diet.

    Profiled in "Directors Close Up" by Jeremy Kagan. [2005]

    Mini Biography
    Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College, from which he dropped out after two semesters to pursue acting. He found uncredited bit parts in such nondescript B-films as Revenge of the Creature (1955) and Tarantula (1955) during the mid-'50s while simultaneously digging swimming pools for a living, until he got his first breakthrough in the long-running TV series Rawhide (1959) with Eric Fleming. Though only a secondary player in the early seasons, Clint made the show his own by end of its run and became a recognizable face to television viewers around the country.

    Eastwood found much bigger and better things in Italy with the excellent spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). But it was the third installment in the trilogy where he found one of his signature roles: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). The movie was a big hit and he became an instant international star. Clint's first American-made western, Hang 'Em High (1968), was yet again a success, and he followed it up with another starring role in Coogan's Bluff (1968) (the loose inspiration to the TV series McCloud (1970)) before playing second fiddle to Richard Burton in the World War II epic Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Lee Marvin in the bizarre musical Paint Your Wagon (1969). In Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) and Kelly's Heroes (1970), Eastwood went in an experimental direction by combining tough-guy action with offbeat humor.

    1971 proved to be one of his best years in film, if not the best. He starred in The Beguiled (1971) and the classic thriller Play Misty for Me (1971), but it was his role as the hard edge police inspector in Dirty Harry (1971) that gave Eastwood one of his signature roles and invented the loose-cannon cop genre that has been imitated even to this day. Eastwood did a fairly consistent quality of work thereafter with the road movies Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and The Gauntlet (1977), the Dirty Harry sequels Magnum Force (1973) and The Enforcer (1976), the westerns Joe Kidd (1972), High Plains Drifter (1973) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) (his first of six onscreen collaborations with then live-in love Sondra Locke), and the fact-based thriller Escape from Alcatraz (1979). In 1978 he branched out into the comedy genre in Every Which Way But Loose (1978), which became the biggest hit of his career up to that time; taking inflation into account, it still is. In short, notwithstanding The Eiger Sanction (1975), the '70s were an uninterrupted continuation of success.

    Eastwood kicked off the '80s with Any Which Way You Can (1980), the blockbuster sequel to Every Which Way But Loose. The fourth Dirty Harry film, Sudden Impact (1983), was the highest-grossing film of the franchise and spawned the character's trademark catchphrase, "Make my day". Clint also starred in Bronco Billy (1980), Firefox (1982), Tightrope (1984), City Heat (1984), Pale Rider (1985) and Heartbreak Ridge (1986), all of which were solid hits, with Honkytonk Man (1982) being his only commercial failure of the period. In 1988 he did his fifth and final Dirty Harry movie, The Dead Pool (1988). Although it was a success overall, it did not have the box office punch the previous films had. About this time, with outright bombs like Pink Cadillac (1989) and The Rookie (1990), it became apparent that Eastwood's star was declining as it never had before. He then started taking on more personal projects, such as directing Bird (1988), a biopic of Charlie Parker, and starring in and directing White Hunter Black Heart (1990), an uneven, loose biopic of John Huston.

    Eastwood bounced back in a big way with his western Unforgiven (1992), which garnered the then 62-year-old his first ever Academy Award nomination (Best Actor) and win for Best Director. Following up with a quick hit, he took on the secret service in In the Line of Fire (1993), then accepted second billing to Kevin Costner in the interesting but poorly received drama A Perfect World (1993). Next up was a love story, The Bridges of Madison County (1995), where Clint surprised audiences with a sensitive performance, but it soon became apparent he was going backwards after his brief revival. Subsequent films were credible, but nothing really stuck out. Among them were the moderately well-received Absolute Power (1997) and Space Cowboys (2000) as well as the badly received True Crime (1999) and Blood Work (2002). But Eastwood surprised yet again, returning to the top of the A-list with the hugely successful boxing drama Million Dollar Baby (2004). The movie earned him an Oscar for Best Director and a Best Actor nomination for the second time. Behind the camera, he had big successes directing the multi-award-winners Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Changeling (2008) which starred Angelina Jolie. His next starring vehicle, Gran Torino (2008), earned $30 million in its opening weekend, proving his box office appeal has not waned.

    Eastwood has managed to keep his extremely convoluted personal life top secret and never discusses his families with the media. He had a long time relationship with frequent co-star Locke and has at least eight children by at least six other women, although he has only been married twice. Clint Eastwood lives in Los Angeles and owns homes in Monterey, Northern California, Idaho and Hawaii.

    IMDb Mini Biography By: Scott

    In the Line of Fire (1993) $7,000,000
    City Heat (1984) $5,000,000
    Every Which Way But Loose (1978) $12,000,000 (15% of gross)
    Paint Your Wagon (1969) $500,000 + % of profits
    Where Eagles Dare (1968) $750,000
    Hang 'Em High (1968) $1 million
    The Witches (1967) $20,000 + new Ferrari
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) $250,000 +10% of Western Hemisphere gross + new Ferrari
    For a Few Dollars More (1965) $50,000
    A Fistful of Dollars (1964) $15,000
    Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) $750
    The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) $750
    Star in the Dust (1956) $75/week
    Francis in the Navy (1955) $100/week


    1. Trouble with the Curve (2012) ....Gus
    1. Gran Torino (2008).... Walt Kowalski
    2. Million Dollar Baby (2004) .... Frankie Dunn
    3. Blood Work (2002) .... Terry McCaleb
    4. Space Cowboys (2000) .... Frank Corvin
    5. True Crime (1999) .... Steve Everett
    6. Absolute Power (1997) .... Luther Whitney
    7. The Bridges of Madison County (1995) .... Robert Kincaid
    8. A Perfect World (1993) .... Chief Red Garnett
    9. In the Line of Fire (1993) .... Secret Service Agent Frank Horrigan
    10. Unforgiven (1992) .... William 'Bill' Munny
    11. The Rookie (1990) .... Nick Pulovski
    12. White Hunter Black Heart (1990) .... John Wilson
    13. Pink Cadillac (1989) .... Tommy Nowak
    14. The Dead Pool (1988) .... Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan.. aka Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool (USA: poster title)
    15. Heartbreak Ridge (1986) .... Gunnery Sgt. Tom 'Gunny' Highway
    16. Pale Rider (1985) .... Preacher
    17. City Heat (1984) .... Lieutenant Speer
    18. Tightrope (1984) .... Capt. Wes Block
    19. Sudden Impact (1983) .... Harry Callahan
    20. Honkytonk Man (1982) .... Red Stovall
    21. Firefox (1982) .... Mitchell Gant
    22. Any Which Way You Can (1980) .... Philo Beddoe
    23. Bronco Billy (1980) .... Bronco Billy McCoy
    24. Escape from Alcatraz (1979) .... Frank Morris
    25. Every Which Way But Loose (1978) .... Philo Beddoe
    26. The Gauntlet (1977) .... Ben Shockley
    27. The Enforcer (1976/I) .... Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
    28. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) .... Josey Wales
    29. The Eiger Sanction (1975) .... Dr. Jonathan Hemlock
    30. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) .... John "Thunderbolt" Doherty
    31. Magnum Force (1973) .... Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
    32. Breezy (1973) (uncredited) .... Man in Crowd on Pier
    33. High Plains Drifter (1973) .... The Stranger
    34. Joe Kidd (1972) .... Joe Kidd
    35. Dirty Harry (1971) .... Insp. Harry Callahan
    36. Play Misty for Me (1971) .... Dave
    37. The Beguiled (1971) .... Cpl. John McBurney
    38. Kelly's Heroes (1970) .... Pvt. Kelly.. aka Ratnici (Yugoslavia: Serbian title)
    39. Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) .... Hogan
    40. Paint Your Wagon (1969) .... Pardner
    41. Where Eagles Dare (1968) .... Lt. Morris Schaffer

    42. Coogan's Bluff (1968) .... Deputy Sheriff Walt Coogan
    43. Hang 'Em High (1968) .... Marshal Jed Cooper
    44. Magnifico extranjero, El (1967) .... Rowdy Yates.. aka The Magnificent Stranger (USA)
    45. Streghe, Le (1967) .... Charlie (segment "Sera come le altre, Una").. aka The Witches (USA)
    46. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly(1966) .... Blondie
    47. For a Few Dollars More (1965).... Monco
    48. "Rawhide" (217 episodes, 1959-1965)
    49. A Fistful of Dollars(1964) .... Joe
    50. "Maverick" - Duel at Sundown (1959) TV episode .... Red Hardigan
    51. Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) .... Keith Williams
    52. Lafayette Escadrille (1958) .... George Moseley.. aka Hell Bent for Glory (UK).. aka With You in My Arms (USA: alternative title)
    53. "Navy Log" - The Lonely Watch (1958) TV episode .... Burns
    54. Escapade in Japan (1957) (uncredited) .... Dumbo Pilot
    55. "West Point" - White Fury (1957) TV episode.. aka The West Point Story
    56. "Death Valley Days"- The Last Letter (1956) TV episode .... John Lucas
    57. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) .... Lt. Jack Rice, Roughrider
    58. Away All Boats (1956) (uncredited) .... Marine (Medic)
    59. Star in the Dust (1956) (uncredited) .... Tom, ranch hand.. aka Law Man (USA)
    60. Never Say Goodbye (1956) (uncredited) .... Will
    61. "Highway Patrol" - Motorcycle A (1956) TV episode .... Joe Keeley
    62. Tarantula (1955) (uncredited) .... Jet Squadron Leader
    63. Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955) (uncredited) .... First Saxon
    64. Francis in the Navy (1955) .... Jonesey
    65. Allen in Movieland (1955) (TV) .... Orderly
    66. Revenge of the Creature (1955) (uncredited) .... Lab Technician

    1. The Human Factor (2009) (pre-production) (in talks)
    2. Gran Torino (2008) (pre-production)
    3. Changeling (2008)
    4. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
    5. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
    6. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    7. "The Blues" (1 episode, 2003)
    - Piano Blues (2003) TV episode
    8. Mystic River (2003)
    9. Blood Work (2002)
    10. Space Cowboys (2000)
    11. True Crime (1999)
    12. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
    13. Absolute Power (1997)
    14. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
    15. A Perfect World (1993)
    16. Unforgiven (1992)
    17. The Rookie (1990)
    18. White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
    19. Bird (1988)
    20. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
    21. "Amazing Stories" (1 episode, 1985)
    ... aka Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories (USA: complete title)
    - Vanessa in the Garden (1985) TV episode
    22. Pale Rider (1985)
    23. Sudden Impact (1983)
    24. Honkytonk Man (1982)
    25. Firefox (1982)
    26. Bronco Billy (1980)
    27. The Gauntlet (1977)
    28. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
    29. The Eiger Sanction (1975)
    30. Breezy (1973)
    31. High Plains Drifter (1973)
    32. Play Misty for Me (1971)
    33. The Beguiled: The Storyteller (1971)

    1. The Human Factor (2009) (pre-production) (producer)
    2. Gran Torino (2008) (pre-production) (producer)
    3. Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends (2007) (producer)
    4. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) (producer)
    5. Flags of Our Fathers (2006) (producer)
    6. Budd Boetticher: An American Original (2005) (V) (executive producer)
    7. Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) (TV) (executive producer)
    8. Million Dollar Baby (2004) (producer)
    9. Mystic River (2003) (producer)
    10. Blood Work (2002) (producer)
    11. Space Cowboys (2000) (producer)
    12. True Crime (1999) (producer)
    13. Monterey Jazz Festival: 40 Legendary Years (1998) (V) (executive producer)
    14. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) (producer)
    15. Absolute Power (1997) (producer)
    16. The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) (producer)
    17. The Bridges of Madison County (1995) (producer)
    18. A Perfect World (1993) (producer)
    19. Unforgiven (1992) (producer)
    20. White Hunter Black Heart (1990) (producer)
    21. Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) (executive producer)
    ... aka Straight, No Chaser (USA: short title)
    22. Bird (1988) (producer)
    23. Heartbreak Ridge (1986) (producer)
    24. Pale Rider (1985) (producer)
    25. Tightrope (1984) (producer)
    26. Sudden Impact (1983) (producer)
    27. Honkytonk Man (1982) (producer)
    28. Firefox (1982) (producer)

    1. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1 episode, 2007)
    - Episode dated 5 February 2007 (2007) TV episode (performer: "Don't Fence Me In")
    2. Grace Is Gone (2007) (music: "Grace is Gone")
    3. Flags of Our Fathers (2006) (writer: "Flags of Our Fathers")
    4. "The Wire" (1 episode, 2006)
    - Alliances (2006) TV episode (performer: "Another One Bites the Dust")
    5. Million Dollar Baby (2004) ("Blue Morgan")
    6. Mystic River (2003) ("Mystic River")
    7. Space Cowboys (2000) (writer: "ESPACIO")
    8. True Crime (1999) (writer: "Why Should I Care")
    9. Absolute Power (1997) ("Power Waltz", "Kate's Theme")
    10. Qui (1997) ("Claudia's Theme")
    11. The Bridges of Madison County (1995) ("Doe Eyes (Love Theme From 'The Bridges of Madison County')")
    12. A Perfect World (1993) ("Big Fran's Baby")
    13. Heartbreak Ridge (1986) (writer: "How Much I Care")
    14. City Heat (1984) ("Montage Blues")
    15. Honkytonk Man (1982) (performer: "When I Sing About You", "No Sweeter Cheater Than You")
    16. Any Which Way You Can (1980) (performer: "Beers To You")
    17. Paint Your Wagon (1969) (performer: "I Still See Elisa", "I Talk To The Trees", "Best Things", "Gold Fever")

    1. Grace Is Gone (2007)
    2. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
    3. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
    4. Mystic River (2003)
    5. Space Cowboys (2000)

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