Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

May. 31st, 1930
Born in
San Francisco, California, USA
6' 2"

Clint Eastwood's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Rawhide TV Show
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies TV Show
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies
Sunday Morning Shootout TV Show
Sunday Morning Shootout
Tinseltown TV (UK) TV Show
Tinseltown TV (UK)

Main Movie Roles

2015 - American Sniper
2015 - Tab Hunter Confidential
2013 - Casting By
2013 - Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck
2012 - Trouble with the Curve
2008 - Gran Torino
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
2004 - Million Dollar Baby
2003 - A Decade Under the Influence
2002 - Blood Work
2000 - Space Cowboys
1999 - True Crime
1997 - Absolute Power
1995 - Casper
1993 - In the Line of Fire
1993 - A Perfect World
1992 - Unforgiven
1990 - White Hunter Black Heart
1990 - The Rookie
1989 - Back to the Future Part II
1989 - Pink Cadillac
1988 - The Dead Pool
1986 - Heartbreak Ridge
1985 - Pale Rider
1984 - Tightrope
1984 - City Heat
1983 - Sudden Impact
1982 - Honkytonk Man
1982 - Firefox
1980 - Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
1980 - Bronco Billy
1980 - Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
1980 - Any Which Way You Can
1978 - Every Which Way But Loose
1977 - The Gauntlet
1976 - The Outlaw Josey Wales
1976 - The Enforcer
1975 - The Eiger Sanction
1973 - Breezy
1973 - Magnum Force
1973 - High Plains Drifter
1972 - Joe Kidd
1971 - The Beguiled
1971 - Dirty Harry
1971 - Play Misty for Me
1970 - Two Mules for Sister Sara
1970 - Kelly's Heroes
1969 - Paint Your Wagon
1968 - Coogan's Bluff
1968 - Where Eagles Dare
1967 - Le streghe
1967 - Le streghe
1955 - Revenge of the Creature
1955 - Tarantula

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Actor
John Lucas
Joe Keeley
Red Hardigan
Himself - Guest
Lt. Wilson
[Complete List]


Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of a steel worker, Eastwood was a college dropout from Los Angeles College, attempting a business related degree. He found work in such B-films as Tarantula (1955), and Francis in the Navy (1955) until he got his first breakthrough with the long-running TV series "Rawhide" (1959). As Rowdy Yates, he made the show his own and became a household name around the country.

But Eastwood found even bigger and better things with Per un pugno di dollari (1964) ("A Fistful of Dollars"), and Per qualche dollaro in pi¨ (1965) ("For a Few Dollars More"). But it was the second sequel to "A Fistful of Dollars" where he found one of his trademark roles: Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) ("The Good, The Bad and The Ugly"). The movie was a big hit and he became an instant international star. Eastwood got some excellent roles thereafter: Where Eagles Dare (1968) found him second fiddle to Richard Burton (I) but to the tune of 800,000 dollars in this classic World War II movie. He also starred in Coogan's Bluff (1968), (the loose inspiration to the TV series "McCloud" (1970)), the western Hang 'Em High (1968) and the unusual but successful Paint Your Wagon (1969). Eastwood went in an experimental direction again with the offbeat but well-received films Kelly's Heroes (1970) and Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970).

1971 proved to be his best year in films, or at least one of his best. He starred in the thriller Play Misty for Me (1971), which was also his directorial debut. L:after that year, he played 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 also found work in American revisionist westerns like High Plains Drifter (1973) -- which he also directed, and Joe Kidd (1972). Eastwood had constant quality films, first teaming up with Jeff Bridges (I) in the buddy action flick Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), followed by the "Dirty Harry" sequels Magnum Force (1973) and The Enforcer (1976/I), and then The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), considered to perhaps be one of the quintessential westerns.

As the late seventies approached Eastwood found more solid work in the shoot 'em up action flick The Gauntlet (1977), the hugely successful comedy Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and the fact-based thriller Escape from Alcatraz (1979). As the eighties approached, his career got a fresh new start with the blockbuster sequel Any Which Way You Can (1980), but this film, along with many others, were panned by critics. In the early eighties, Eastwood made credible movies with Honkytonk Man (1982) and Firefox (1982), but it was the fourth sequel to 'Dirty Harry', Sudden Impact (1983) (the highest grossing film of the series) that made him a viable star for the eighties. In the mid-eighties Clint made some solid movies but nothing really stuck out. Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), and others were solid but not classic films. In 1988 Eastwood did his fifth and up to this point final "Dirty Harry" movie, The Dead Pool (1988). Although it was a box-office success, it lacked the critical acclaim that the previous films had. About this time with outright bombs like Pink Cadillac (1989). He followed this by co-starring with 'Charlie Sheen' (qv in the cop adventure The Rookie (1990), which turned out to be another disappointment. It was fairly obvious Eastwood's star was declining as it never had before. He then started taking on more personal projects such as White Hunter Black Heart (1990), an uneven, loose biography of John Huston (I).

But Eastwood surprised yet again. First with his western, Unforgiven (1992), which garnered him an Oscar for director, and nomination for best actor. Then he took on the secret service in In the Line of Fire (1993), which was a big hit, followed by the interesting but poorly received drama, A Perfect World (1993), with Kevin Costner. Next up was The Bridges of Madison County (1995), a popular love story with Meryl Streep, but it soon became apparent he was going backwards after his brief revival. The quality of his films over the next few years was up and down, with the well-received Absolute Power (1997) and Space Cowboys (2000), and the badly received True Crime (1999) and Blood Work (2002).

However, Eastwood rose to prominence once again, first directing the well-received Mystic River (2003), then giving what is arguably his finest screen performance to date opposite Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman (I) in the boxing drama Million Dollar Baby (2004). The film unexpectedly became one of his biggest box-office hits. It also won the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as earning Eastwood a nomination for Best Actor and a win for Best Director. He continued to direct, but stayed away from acting for 4 years until he starred in Gran Torino (2008). The film grossed $30 million during its opening weekend in 2009, making him the oldest leading man to reach #1 at the box office, and becoming the biggest commercial success of his career (without adjustment for inflation).

After starring in hit films for five consecutive decades, Clint Eastwood has proved himself to be the longest-running movie star. Although he is aging now, he continues to thrive and will undoubtedly continue to surprise audiences.

  • Is owner of the exclusive Tehama golf club in Carmel Valley, California.
  • 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.
  • Was offered 'Al Pacino' (qv)'s role in _Any Given Sunday (1999)_ (qv), but turned it down because Warner Bros. wouldn't let him direct it also.
  • 1992: He declined an offer from President 'George Bush (I)' (qv) 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.".
  • In the late 1990s he said that _Play Misty for Me (1971)_ (qv), _The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)_ (qv), _Bronco Billy (1980)_ (qv),_Honkytonk Man (1982)_ (qv), _Unforgiven (1992)_ (qv) and _A Perfect World (1993)_ (qv) are the favorites of the films he had done.
  • His name is used as the title of the hit Gorillaz song and video "Clint Eastwood" (2001).
  • 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.
  • 2/17/07: He was awarded the rank of "Chevalier de la LÚgion d'Honneur" by French President 'Jacques Chirac' (qv) as a tribute to his career as an actor and a filmmaker.

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