Clint Eastwood

BirthDay:

31 May 1930

BirthPlace:

San Francisco, California, USA

BirthName:

Clinton Eastwood Jr.

Bio:

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 finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for 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 first season, Clint made the show his own by end of its run and became a household name around the country.

Eastwood found even 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 almost constant quality work thereafter in 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 on-screen collaborations with then live-in love Sondra Locke), and the fact-based thriller Escape from Alcatraz (1979). In 1978 Eastwood branched out into the comedy genre with 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 roll 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 Eastwood 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.

But Eastwood bounced back in a big way, first with his western, Unforgiven (1992), which garnered him an Oscar for Best Director, and a nomination for Best Actor. Following up with a quick hit, he took on the secret service in In the Line of Fire (1993), then was relegated to second billing for the first time in over two decades in the interesting but poorly received drama, A Perfect World (1993), with Kevin Costner. Next up was a love story, The Bridges of Madison County (1995), where Eastwood surprised audiences with a sensitive and tear-jerking 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), and 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 Million Dollar Baby (2004), which earned him an Oscar for Best Director and a Best Actor nomination for the second time. Behind the camera, Clint had big successes directing the multi-award-winning films Mystic River (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), and Changeling (2008) which starred Angelina Jolie. Eastwood's next starring vehicle, Gran Torino (2008), gave him a $30 million opening weekend, proving his box office appeal has not waned with old age.

Eastwood has managed to keep his extremely convoluted personal life secretive for the most part and never discusses his families with the media. He had a long time relationship with frequent co-star Locke and has eight children by 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 204 credits )

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) Himself
Wogan: The Best Of (2015)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck (2013) Himself - Interviewee
Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013) Himself
Milius (2013) Himself
Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) Himself
Casting By (2012) Himself
Trouble with the Curve (2012) Gus
Craptastic! (2012) Himself
Mrs. Eastwood & Company (2012)  Himself (3 episodes, 2012)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
DGA Moments in Time (2011) Himself
Kurosawa's Way (2011) Himself
Unite for Japan (2011) Himself
Making It in Hollywood (2011) Himself
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories (2011)  Himself - Award Winning Actor (archive footage) (2 epi
Ray Charles America (2010) Himself
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Blondie (1 episode, 2013)
Reel Injun (2009) Himself
Vittorio D. (2009) Himself
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2009)
Hannity (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Plymouth Rock Studios: The Series (2009)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Gran Torino (2008) Walt Kowalski
Il falso bugiardo (2008) Himself (archive footage)
Erika Rabau: Puck of Berlin (2008) Himself
Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon (2008) Himself
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007) Himself / Private Kelly / 'Dirty' Harry Callahan
Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema (2007) Himself
Fog City Mavericks (2007) Himself
Xposé (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Banda sonora (2007)  Frankie Dunn (1 episode, 2012)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2011)
La tele de tu vida (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Bienvenue à Cannes (2007) Himself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters (2006) Himself / William 'Bill' Munny (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Sexes (2005)  Robert Kincaid (1 episode, 2005)
B InTune TV (2005)  Guest star (1 episode, 2006)
Showbiz Tonight (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
80s (2005)  Gunnery Sgt. Tom 'Gunny' Highway (archive footage) (1
Million Dollar Baby (2004) Frankie Dunn
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003) Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (7 episodes, 2004-2008)
The Blues (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Paula Zahn Now (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Blood Work (2002) Terry McCaleb
I sogni nel mirino (2002) Himself (archive footage)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
BBC Four News (2002)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2007)
Go' aften Danmark (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Caiga quien caiga (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Movie Loft (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Space Cowboys (2000) Frank Corvin
Nulle part ailleurs: midi (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
True Crime (1999) Steve Everett
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2000)
ITV Evening News (1999)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2007)
Junket Whore (1998) Himself
Absolute Power (1997) Luther Whitney
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Hardball with Chris Matthews (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself / ... (9 episodes, 2005-2014)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2011)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
One Hundred and One Nights (1995) Himself - in Cannes
The Bridges of Madison County (1995) Robert Kincaid
Casper (1995) Himself (uncredited)
Very Important Pennis (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Private Screenings (1995)  Red Hardigan (archive footage) (1 episode, 2001)
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1995) Himself
A Century of Cinema (1994) Himself
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Extra (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Modern Marvels (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Cartelera (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Bravo Profiles (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Don't Pave Main Street: Carmel's Heritage (1994) Narrator (voice)
A Perfect World (1993) Chief Red Garnett
In the Line of Fire (1993) Frank Horrigan
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Unforgiven (1992) Bill Munny
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Making of... (1992) (1 episode, 2009)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - Från Los Angeles / ... (3 episodes, 2003-200
Vicki! (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (3 episodes, 1992-2009)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 1996-2006)
Harvey Shine Presents (1991)  Himself (1991-1993)
The Rookie (1990) Nick Pulovski
White Hunter Black Heart (1990) John Wilson
Stars 90 (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 1992)
Back to the Future Part II (1989) Joe (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1989) Host
Pink Cadillac (1989) Tommy Nowak
The Dead Pool (1988) Harry Callahan
Talking Pictures (1988)  Himself (4 episodes, 1988)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Biography (1987)  Himself (3 episodes, 1994-2010)
Give Me Your Answer True (1987) (archive footage)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) Highway
The Movie Show (1986)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1995)
One O'Clock News (1986)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 2007)
Pale Rider (1985) Preacher
American Masters (1985)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2000-2008)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
City Heat (1984) Lieutenant Speer
Tightrope (1984) Wes Block
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (3 episodes, 1992-2008)
Aspel & Company (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
Sudden Impact (1983) Harry Callahan
Honkytonk Man (1982) Red Stovall
Firefox (1982) Mitchell Gant
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Channel 4 News (1982)  Himself - Director (1 episode, 2007)
De película (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1987)
Na sowas! (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
CBS Early Morning News (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1982)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (32 episodes, 2006-2014)
Any Which Way You Can (1980) Philo Beddoe
Bronco Billy (1980) Bronco Billy
Les nouveaux rendez-vous (1980)  Himself (1 episode, 1980)
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980) Himself, at the Academy Awards (archive footage) (uncre
Escape from Alcatraz (1979) Frank Morris
Backstage in Hollywood (1979)  Himself (1 episode, 1975)
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) Philo Beddoe
The South Bank Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Ciné regards (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Gauntlet (1977) Ben Shockley
Bitte umblättern (1977)  Himself (2 episodes, 1978-1985)
The Enforcer (1976) Harry Callahan
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Josey Wales
The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976)  Himself (2 episodes, 1980-1982)
La nuit des Césars (1976)  Himself - César d'honneur (1 episode, 1998)
Eastwood in Action (1976) Himself
Harry Callahan/Clint Eastwood: Something Special in Films (1976) Himself (uncredited)
The Eiger Sanction (1975) Jonathan Hemlock
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 1990-2012)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Thunderbolt
Magnum Force (1973) Harry Calahan
Breezy (1973) Man at Marina (uncredited)
High Plains Drifter (1973) The Stranger
The Hero Cop: Yesterday and Today (1973) Himself
Joe Kidd (1972) Joe Kidd
Canada A.M. (1972)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Clapper Board (1972)  Himself (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Dirty Harry's Way (1971) Himself / Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry (1971) Harry
Play Misty for Me (1971) Dave
The Beguiled (1971) John McBurney
Great Performances (1971)  Himself (2 episodes, 1987-2000)
Parkinson (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Kelly's Heroes (1970) Pvt. Kelly
Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) Hogan
Dinah's Place (1970)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
Paint Your Wagon (1969) Pardner
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (3 episodes, 1969-1971)
Gold Fever (1969) Himself
On Location: Where Eagles Dare (1968) Himself
Where Eagles Dare (1968) Schaffer
Coogan's Bluff (1968) Coogan
Hang 'Em High (1968) Marshal Jed Cooper
60 Minutes (1968)  Himself - Director, Million Dollar Baby (segment "Hila
The Witches (1967) Carlo (Segment "Sera Come Le Altre, Una")
El magnifico extranjero (1967) Rowdy Yates (archive footage)
The Joey Bishop Show (1967)  Himself (4 episodes, 1967-1969)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Blondie
For a Few Dollars More (1965) Monco
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) Joe
The Eamonn Andrews Show (1964)  Himself (1 episode, 1965)
The Danny Kaye Show (1963)  Himself (1 episode, 1965)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (7 episodes, 1967-1992)
The Merv Griffin Show (1962)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1967-1974)
Here's Hollywood (1960)  Himself (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
Rawhide (1959)  Rowdy Yates (216 episodes, 1959-1965)
Lafayette Escadrille (1958) George Moseley
Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958) Keith Williams
Mister Ed (1958)  Himself (1 episode, 1962)
Escapade in Japan (1957) Dumbo Pilot (uncredited)
Maverick (1957)  Red Hardigan (1 episode, 1959)
Away All Boats (1956) Marine - Medic (uncredited)
Star in the Dust (1956) Tom - Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Never Say Goodbye (1956) Will (uncredited)
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) Lt. Jack Rice
West Point (1956)  Cadet Bob Salter (1 episode, 1957)
Tarantula (1955) Jet Squadron Leader (uncredited)
Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955) First Saxon (uncredited)
Francis in the Navy (1955) Jonesey
Revenge of the Creature (1955) Jennings (uncredited)
Highway Patrol (1955)  Joe Keeley (1 episode, 1956)
Navy Log (1955)  Burns (1 episode, 1958)
Today (1952)  Himself (6 episodes, 1985-2014)
Death Valley Days (1952)  John Lucas (2 episodes, 1956)
The Linkletter Show (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Stump the Stars (1947) (1 episode, 1962)

Producer ( 36 credits )

A Star Is Born (2018) producer
Sully (2016) producer
American Sniper (2014) producer
Jersey Boys (2014) producer
Trouble with the Curve (2012) producer
J. Edgar (2011) producer
Hereafter (2010) producer
Invictus (2009) producer
Gran Torino (2008) producer
Changeling (2008) producer
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) producer
Flags of Our Fathers (2006) producer
Million Dollar Baby (2004) producer
Mystic River (2003) producer
Blood Work (2002) producer
Space Cowboys (2000) producer
True Crime (1999) producer
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) producer
Absolute Power (1997) producer
The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995) producer
The Bridges of Madison County (1995) producer
A Perfect World (1993) producer
Unforgiven (1992) producer
White Hunter Black Heart (1990) producer
Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (1988) executive producer
Bird (1988) producer
Heartbreak Ridge (1986) producer
Pale Rider (1985) producer
American Masters (1985) executive producer / producer (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tightrope (1984) producer
Sudden Impact (1983) producer
Honkytonk Man (1982) producer
Firefox (1982) producer
Joe Kidd (1972) executive producer (uncredited)
Dirty Harry (1971) executive producer (uncredited)
The Beguiled (1971) executive producer (uncredited)

Director ( 38 credits )

Sully (2016)
American Sniper (2014)
Jersey Boys (2014)
J. Edgar (2011)
Hereafter (2010)
Invictus (2009)
Gran Torino (2008)
Changeling (2008)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Mystic River (2003)
The Blues (2003) (1 episode, 2003)
Blood Work (2002)
Space Cowboys (2000)
True Crime (1999)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Absolute Power (1997)
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
A Perfect World (1993)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Rookie (1990)
White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
Bird (1988)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Pale Rider (1985)
Amazing Stories (1985) (1 episode, 1985)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Honkytonk Man (1982)
Firefox (1982)
Bronco Billy (1980)
The Gauntlet (1977)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
Breezy (1973)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
The Beguiled: The Storyteller (1971)
Play Misty for Me (1971)