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

2013 - Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck
2013 - Casting By
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 - Pink Cadillac
1989 - Back to the Future Part II
1988 - The Dead Pool
1986 - Heartbreak Ridge
1985 - Pale Rider
1984 - City Heat
1984 - Tightrope
1983 - Sudden Impact
1982 - Firefox
1982 - Honkytonk Man
1980 - Bronco Billy
1980 - Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
1980 - Any Which Way You Can
1980 - Fist of Fear, Touch of Death
1978 - Every Which Way But Loose
1977 - The Gauntlet
1976 - The Outlaw Josey Wales
1976 - The Enforcer
1975 - The Eiger Sanction
1973 - Magnum Force
1973 - High Plains Drifter
1973 - Breezy
1972 - Joe Kidd
1971 - Dirty Harry
1971 - Play Misty for Me
1971 - The Beguiled
1970 - Kelly's Heroes
1970 - Two Mules for Sister Sara
1969 - Paint Your Wagon
1968 - Where Eagles Dare
1968 - Coogan's Bluff
1967 - Le streghe
1967 - Le streghe
1955 - Tarantula
1955 - Revenge of the Creature

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Himself - Actor
John Lucas
Joe Keeley
Red Hardigan
Himself - Guest
Himself - Guest
[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.

  • William Goldman 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.
  • At age 74, he became the oldest person to win the Best Director Oscar for _Million Dollar Baby (2004)_ (qv).
  • 1994: President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • 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 (I)' (qv), 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 (I)' (qv) in 1970. After his first two consecutive #1 appearances in 1972 and 1973, he dropped back to #2 in 1974, trailing 'Robert Redford (I)' (qv) at the box office. Clint was again #2 in 1979, 1981 and 1982 (topped by 'Burt Reynolds (I)' (qv) all three years), before leading the charts in 1983 and '84. He last topped the poll in 1993.
  • Has his look-alike puppet in the French show _"Les guignols de l'info" (1988)_ (qv).
  • 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.
  • 2000: Received the Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
  • He refused to have children with his wife at first (although he did have a daughter in 1964 from an affair), but then she became very ill. Once she recovered, he changed his mind, and almost 15 years after they married, their first child together was born.

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