Clint Eastwood BIOGRAPHY0 Comments

Posted on 29 Mar 2011 at 11:07am

May 31, 1930
San Francisco, CA
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Academy Award-winning producer/director. Oscar-nominated actor. Movie composer. Elected politician. Notorious ladies’ man. Father of seven. Although this multitasking entertainment icon started out as an uncredited bit player in ’50s B-movies (Revenge of the Creature,Tarantula), he spent the next five decades chuckling at his inauspicious showbiz beginnings. Rugged, handsome, manly and stoic, Eastwood first came to fame in small-screen Westerns, notably Rawhide as the well-named trail boss Rowdy Yates. During his tenure on the series, he starred in A Fistful of Dollars, the first of a trilogy of ’60s spaghetti Westerns directed by Italian auteur Sergio Leone. As the quiet but deadly Man with No Name in the aforementioned DollarsFor a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Eastwood found international fame.
Dressed shabby black hat and poncho, and locked in a frozen grimace, he was the best antihero tumultuous era. He continued to grace the genre stateside, appearing in a string of Western, some more successful (Coogan’s Bluff, was directed by Don Siegel was a partner) than others (the notorious flop Paint your Mitsubishi, which Eastwood serenades the tree). 1971 was a year of career-changing for her. She made ​​her feature-film directorial debut for Play Misty for Me, taut thriller stars Eastwood as a deejay stalked by a fan. In addition, he created his second seminar role, the title character in Siegel’s Dirty Harry, a renegade San Francisco cop out to stop a serial killer and any criminals unlucky enough to cross his path. During the ’70s and ’80s, Eastwood played Dirty Harry three times and continue to head the Western media, many of which he directed (High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales against longtime love, Sondra Locke). He even added comedies to his résumé (Every Which Way But Loose, costarring Locke and an orangutan) proving that his popularity crossed all genres. In the ’80s, Eastwood kept up his breakneck pace, adding politics to his list of accomplishments when he was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. However, the fiftysomething entertainer wasn’t quite the box-office draw he once was, and many of his projects were critical and commercial disappointments. 1988 was a particularly bittersweet year for Eastwood. He bid adieu to Dirty Harry in the franchise’s final installment The Dead Pool and also ended his relationship with Locke acrimoniously (she ended up suing him). However, that same year Eastwood was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival for helming Bird, the harrowing biopic of jazz great/heroin addict Charlie Parker. Although Eastwood continued to star in a number of films, most of which he helmed, from that point on he became more celebrated for his talents behind the camera. At age 62, he earned his first-ever Oscar nominations, as the producer, director and star of the bleak 1992 revisionist Western Unforgiven (opposite then-girlfriend Frances Fisher), and took home statuettes for best director and best film. Eleven years later, after a string of commercially successful movies, including the romance The Bridges of Madison County and the actioner In the Line of Fire, Eastwood garnered two more Academy Award nods as director and producer of the bloody 2003 morality tale Mystic River.

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