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Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood Biography

Born Clinton Eastwood, Jr., on May 30, 1930, in San Francisco, California, he had a tough childhood because of the Great Depression, as his parents moved frequently in search of work, finally settling in Oakland. There he went to high school, graduating in 1948. Striking out on his own, he held various menial jobs before being drafted into the army. Clint Eastwood, possibly the world's most famous cowboy - started his working life as a lumberjack, forest fire-fighter and a steelworker. Discharged in 1953, he enrolled in Los Angeles City College as a business administration major, supporting himself with various odd jobs which included digging swimming pool. Read Full Bio >>

Clint Eastwood Awards

2012 AFI Awards, USA Movie of the Year J. Edgar (2011). Won
2012 Costume Designers Guild Awards Won
2012 Society of Camera Operators . Won
2011 César Awards, France Best Foreign Film Invictus (2009). Nominated
2011 Kinema Junpo Awards Best Foreign Language Film Invictus (2009). Nominated

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Clint Eastwood Trivia

  • Movie producer Dino De Laurentiis, the man behind hits including DEATH WISH and HANNIBAL, gave Eastwood Berlinetta Ferrari while he filmed THE WITCHES in Rome in 1966.
  • Has settled a $10 million libel lawsuit against Patrick McGilligan and his publisher St. Martin’s Press. The suit claimed that McGilligan’s unauthorized biography, “Clint: The Life and Legend,” included false and defamatory statements that Eastwood had beaten his first wife. (August 16, 2004)
  • Has dropped a libel lawsuit over an unauthorized biography which claimed he beat his ex-wife in exchange for the removal of passages from the book. (August 14, 2004)
  • Is the spokesman for Take Pride in America, an organization of volunteers who maintain public lands. (May 27, 2004)
  • Nominated for Best Director Oscar for MYSTIC RIVER (2004)
  • Eastwood's 1971 DIRTY HARRY film has topped Men's Journal poll of The 50 Best Guy Movies. (November 12, 2003)
  • Eastwood, the mayor of the California town of Carmel in 1986, says fellow actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to need a good measure of luck in his new role as California's governor -- Politicians have to take unpopular decisions. Schwarzenegger is going to understand the nature of his job. I wish him good luck, he's going to need it. It's going to be difficult for him, said Eastwood in an interview. (October 15, 2003)
  • Many of the cast members of his new film MYSTIC RIVER - Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon - have directing credits, but it wasn't a problem for the actors to follow orders from Eastwood. Tim Robbins was pleased with Eastwood's habit of having his actors do only a couple of takes of each scene, and not work 16-hour days.
  • Eastwood’s gripping, psychological crime thriller MYSTIC RIVER opens the New York Film Festival on Friday. (October 3, 2003)
  • Eastwood says his days as trigger-happy cop Dirty Harry are over despite studio efforts to reprise the role -- Eastwood has claimed that as far as he is concerned, he has handed in his badge, saying “I'm too old to make comic books. I have nothing against them, I like a good adventure film as much as the next guy, but it's not for me. (May 28, 2003)
  • Eastwood was on hand to help introduce the world to the American Film Institute's new flagship location – He was the guest of honor at the opening of the Afi Silver Theatre And Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Friday. (April 9, 2003)
  • Eastwood says he's sick of making kiddie movies -- the actor believes that the Hollywood movie machine is driven by the teen market, something which he has no interest in working in. (January 22, 2003)
  • Eastwood has lodged a $10 million libel lawsuit against the author and publisher of an unauthorized biography, saying the book portrays him as a wife-beater, atheist and coward -- the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose late on Tuesday, also contends that author Patrick McGilligan and publisher St. Martin's Press attempted to destroy Eastwood's reputation in the book Clint: The Life of a Legend. (December 27, 2002)
  • Eastwood was 41 years old when he debuted in the role of maverick Det. Dirty Harry Calahan in the action film DIRTY HARRY (1971). Apparently, the part had been refused by Paul Newman, John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, and Frank Sinatra. Eastwood insisted on performing his own action stunts, including the famous scene where he jumped from a bridge to the roof of a moving school bus.
  • His SPAGHETTI WESTERNS marked the beginning of a new era in cinematic violence. About fifty people were killed in 1964 A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS.
  • Ranked #2 in Empire (UK) magazine's The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time list. (October 1997)
  • A partial owner of the Pebbles Beach Golf Country Club in Monterey Peninsula, California.
  • Eastwood wore the same poncho, without ever having washed it, in all three of his man with no name western movies.
  • Got his first acting role in Rawhide while visiting a friend at the CBS lot when a studio exec spotted him because he looked like a cowboy.
  • It's somewhat ironic, given his penchant towards directing or starring in westerns, that his name, Clint Eastwood, is an anagram for 'old west action.'
  • Owning the inn Mission Ranch, Carmel, California, USA.
  • Until his pride was displaced by discovery of a larger version of same tree in 2002, Eastwood used to be proud owner of tree believed to be the nation's largest known hardwood--a bluegum eucalyptus.
  • In BACK TO THE FUTURE PART III (1990), When Doc and Marty are at the drive-in preparing the DeLorean for the trip to 1885, Marty mentions Clint Eastwood and Doc replies that he's never heard of him. In this shot, there is a movie poster on the drive-in's wall showcasing the movie REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) which features an appearance by a young Clint Eastwood.
  • Despite his reputation for violence in other films, his character in WHERE EAGLES DARE kills more people in this film than any other Eastwood character.
  • He was reluctant to receive second billing to Burton, but agreed after being paid $800,000 for playing the role in WHERE EAGLES DARE (1968).
  • His role in PER UN PUGNO DI DOLLARI (1964) was first offered to Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson.
  • PLAY MISTY FOR ME (1971) was set in Carmel, CA, where Clint Eastwood lived and became mayor in 1986.
  • Saul Rubinek asks Eastwood how he chose the order in which to shoot six deputies in UNFORGIVEN (1992). Eastwood replies that he got lucky. This is a sly reference to Eastwood's earlier film THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976), in which Chief Dan George asks Eastwood how he chose the order in which to shoot four Union soldiers, and Eastwood responds with a lengthy explanation about their various holsters and the looks in their eyes.
  • TARANTULA (1955) is Eastwood's movie debut as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax.
  • The main character he portrayed in WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART (1990) is based on legendary director John Huston.
  • Actually did hang six stories above the ground on the ledge scene in IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993), although stuntmen did the jump and the fall onto the fire escape.
  • He was considered for the role of Harmonica in C'ERA UNA VOLTA IL WEST (1969)
  • Wwas once the mayor of Carmel
  • Is allergic to horses

Clint Eastwood Photos

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    2013 Tribeca Film Festival - "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story" - Arrivals

  • Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz

    2011 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari Presented by Gucci - Arrivals

  • Clint Eastwood and wife Dina Eastwood

    AFI FEST 2011 - Opening Night Gala Screening of "J. Edgar" - Arrivals

  • Clint Eastwood and wife Dina Eastwood

    63rd Annual DGA Awards - Arrivals

  • Clint Eastwood and wife Dina Ruiz

    2nd Annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Governors Awards

  • Clint Eastwood

    1st Annual Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival Awards Presentation Gala - Arrivals

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