Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood
is retiring from acting, after a career spanning more than 50 years.
The 78-year-old had limited acting success in the 1950s, before shooting to fame in the 1960s with roles in hit Western movies such as For a Few Dollars More
and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
He went on to star in 1971 classic Dirty Harry
and four sequels as hard-edged police inspector Harry Callahan.
Eastwood extended his career in movies to directing - and has received Academy Awards for his work on Unforgiven
and Million Dollar Baby
The director's appeal spanned generations and he is still enjoying success today - with this year's movie Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie
, receiving praise from critics and fans alike.
Eastwood has just finished starring in and directing Gran Torino
, a drama about a racist veteran of the Korean War - but now that is over, he is hanging up his acting hat for good.
He tells Britain's Sunday Express, "That will probably do it for me as far as acting is concerned.
"You always want to quit while you are ahead. You don't want to be like a fighter who stays too long in the ring until you're not performing at your best."
But the star is adamant he will keep sitting in the director's chair: "I've got no plans to stop making films."