|Date of Birth||31 May 1930, San Francisco, California, USA|
|Birth Name||Clinton Eastwood Jr.|
|Height||6' 4" (1.93 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in Piedmont, California. Held back in school, Clint moved with his parents to Seattle, Washington at age nineteen and worked menial jobs over several years' duration before returning to California. He enrolled at Los Angeles City College, but dropped out after two semesters to pursue acting. During the mid-'50s he found uncredited bit parts in such nondescript B-films as Revenge of the Creature (1955) and Tarantula (1955), while simultaneously digging swimming pools for a living. In 1958, he landed his first consequential acting role in the TV show Rawhide (1959) with Eric Fleming. Though only a secondary player for the first seven seasons, Clint was promoted to series star when Fleming departed in its final year, along the way becoming a recognizable face to television viewers around the country.
On the big screen, his breakthrough came as The Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's excellent spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). The trilogy was initially shown just in Italy with Enrico Maria Salerno providing the voice for Clint's character, but finally did get released in America during 1967 & '68. As the last film racked up phenomenal grosses, Eastwood, 37, catapulted from undistinguished TV actor to sought-after box office attraction. The late-blooming star's first U.S.-made western, Hang 'Em High (1968), was yet again a success. He followed that up with the lead role in Coogan's Bluff (1968), 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 leaned in an experimental direction by combining tough-guy action with offbeat humor.
1971 proved to be his busiest, most productive year in film. He starred in The Beguiled (1971) and made his directorial debut with the classic thriller Play Misty for Me (1971), while his role as the hard edge police inspector in Dirty Harry (1971) brought him cultural icon status and helped popularize the loose-cannon cop genre. Clint put out a fairly consistent stream of entertaining movies thereafter: 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), the Dirty Harry sequels Magnum Force (1973) and The Enforcer (1976), the road movies Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and The Gauntlet (1977), and the fact-based thriller Escape from Alcatraz (1979). In 1978 he 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 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 his 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 Pink Cadillac (1989) and The Rookie (1990), it seemed Eastwood's star was declining as it never had before. He started taking on low-key projects, 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.
Clint bounced back in a big way with his dark western Unforgiven (1992), which garnered the then 62-year-old his first ever Academy Award nomination (Best Actor), and an Oscar win for Best Director. Churning out a quick follow-up hit, he took on the secret service in In the Line of Fire (1993), then accepted second billing for the first time since 1970 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 performance alongside none other than Meryl Streep, but it soon became apparent he was going backwards after his brief revival. Subsequent films were credible, but nothing really stuck out. Absolute Power (1997) and Space Cowboys (2000) did well enough, while True Crime (1999) and Blood Work (2002) were received badly, as was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997), which he directed but didn't appear in.
Eastwood surprised yet again in 2005, returning to the top of the A-list with Million Dollar Baby (2004). Also starring Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, the hugely successful drama won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Clint. He scored his second Best Actor nomination, too. Eastwood's next starring vehicle, Gran Torino (2008), earned almost $30 million in its opening weekend and was his highest grosser unadjusted for inflation. In 2012 he made a rare lighthearted movie, Trouble with the Curve (2012). And despite interims between screen appearances, Eastwood consistently remained a Hollywood mainstay, if not a kingpin, thanks to additional successes behind the camera. Since the mid-'00s he's directed Mystic River (2003), Flags of our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008) (which starred Angelina Jolie), Invictus (2009), Hereafter (2010), J. Edgar (2011), Jersey Boys (2014), American Sniper (2014) and Sully (2016), to critical acclaim. The filmmaker has no plans to retire as of 2017, and assures he is not finished with acting.
A scandalous Lothario but without much brouhaha, Eastwood managed to keep his extremely convoluted personal life top secret for decades and even to this day refuses to disclose exactly how many families he's started. He had a long time relationship with frequent '70s/'80s co-star Locke (who published a scathing memoir in 1997) and has fathered at least eight children by at least six other women, although he has only been married twice. Clint Eastwood lives in L.A. primarily and owns property in Monterey, northern California, Idaho's Sun Valley and Maui, Hawaii.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Scott- firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dina Eastwood||(31 March 1996 - 22 December 2014) (divorced) (1 child)|
|Margaret Neville Johnson||(19 December 1953 - 19 November 1984) (divorced) (2 children)|
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Personal Quotes (189)
It was a wonderful adventure. It takes a -- to make a picture in 37 days, it takes a well-oiled machine. And that well-oiled machine is the crew -- the cast, of course, you've met a lot of them. But there's still Margo and Anthony and Michael and Mike and Jay and everybody else who was so fabulous in this cast. And the crew, Campanelli. Billy Coe and, of course, Tom Stern, who is fantastic. And Henry Bumstead, the great Henry Bumstead who is the head of our crack geriatrics team. And Henry and Jack Taylor, and Dick Goddard [Richard C. Goddard], all those guys. Walt and everybody. I can't think of everybody right now.
I'm drawing a blank right now. But, Warren, you were right. And thank you, for your confidence earlier in the evening. I'm just lucky to be here. Lucky to be still working. And I watched Sidney Lumet, who is 80, and I figure, "I'm just a kid. I'll just -- I've got a lot of stuff to do yet." So thank you all very much. Appreciate it.
|Francis in the Navy (1955)||$300|
|Star in the Dust (1956)||$75|
|The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)||$750|
|Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958)||$750|
|Rawhide (1959)||$700 per episode (season 1)|
|Per un pugno di dollari (1964)||$15,000|
|Per qualche dollaro in più (1965)||$50,000|
|Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)||$250,000 + 10% of Western Hemisphere profits|
|Le streghe (1967)||$20,000|
|Hang 'Em High (1968)||$400,000 + 25% of gross|
|Coogan's Bluff (1968)||$1,000,000|
|Where Eagles Dare (1968)||$850,000|
|Paint Your Wagon (1969)||$600,000|
|Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)||$750,000|
|Kelly's Heroes (1970)||$1,000,000|
|Every Which Way But Loose (1978)||$16,000,000 (after 15% take from the gross)|
|Sudden Impact (1983)||$30,000,000 (includes salary and 60% of all profits)|
|City Heat (1984)||$5,000,000|
|Pale Rider (1985)||$6,000,000|
|Heartbreak Ridge (1986)||$10,000,000|
|In the Line of Fire (1993)||$7,000,000|