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Clint Eastwood

Dates

Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, California.

Marriage

Maggie Johnson, 1953. Divorced 1978.
Dina Ruiz, March 31, 1996.

Children

Kimber, born 1964.
Kyle, born 1968.
Alison, born May 22, 1972.
Scott, born March 21, 1986.
Kathryn, born February 2, 1988.
Francesca, born 1993.
Morgan, born December 12, 1996.

Biography

Clint EastwoodAfter High School, Clint Eastwood Jr. held several jobs, including a stint as a lumberjack in Oregon. He later joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War, becoming a swimming instructor at Fort Ord in Monterey, California, after he swam three miles back to shore after a plane crash into the Pacific Ocean. Two of his friends from the Army convinced him to give acting a try.

Eastwood had small roles in several movies in the mid-fifties, starting with an uncredited role as a "Jet Squadron Leader" in the 1955 movie "Tarantula." His first success in acting came in 1959 when he got the role of Rowdy Yates in the television series "Rawhide," a role that lasted until 1966. In 1964 he had his first movie success, starring "Fistful of Dollars," which was a hit in Europe before coming to the US. The movie led to a string of successful westerns for Eastwood, including "For a Few Dollars More" in 1965, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" in 1966 (both opened in the US in 1967 after becoming European hits), "Hang'em High" in 1967, "Coogan's Bluff" in 1968 and "Two Mules for Sister Sara" in 1969.

In 1971, Eastwood teamed with director Don Siegel for the first of five movies together, starring as Harry Callahan in the movie "Dirty Harry." Harry Callahan returned to the screen four more times, in "Magnum Force" in 1973, "The Enforcer" in 1976, "Sudden Impact" in 1983, and "The Dead Pool" in 1988. Eastwood also started directing pictures in 1971, with his first effort being the hit "Play Misty For Me."

Eastwood suffered a minor slump in the mid-eighties, with several movies that were not box-office successes. He came back strong in 1992 with the movie "Unforgiven," which he directed and starred. The movie won Eastwood an Academy Award for Best Director, a nomination for Best Actor, and was named the Best Picture of the Year. Eastwood's success has continued with hits like "In the Line of Fire" in 1993, the chick-flick "Bridges of Madison County" in 1995, and "Absolute Power" in 1997. Eastwood directed both Madison County and Absolute Power. In 1995, Eastwood was given the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, and in 1996 he won an American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.

Away from the movie screen, Eastwood lives tries to keep out of the public eye, although in 1986 he was elected Mayor of Carmel, California, where he still resides. He also owns the inn Mission Ranch in Carmel. He also owns a production company, Malpaso.

 
 
 

 
 
   
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