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Sun, 6 Jul 2014
Actor, film director, producer and composer, Clint Eastwood's career is the stuff of Hollywood legend. With his breakthrough role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy, and his classic portrayal of Dirty Harry, the name Eastwood has been solidified in the cultural mindset as an icon of masculinity.
Clint Eastwood Went To Italy To Shoot The Dollars trilogy
After serving in the military, Clint moved to Los Angeles in 1954 on the advice of actors David Janssen and Martin Milner. There he signed a contract with Universal Studios for seventy-five dollars a week until his rugged good looks landed him the role of Rowdy Yates on the TV series Rawhide in 1959.
Five years later, Eastwood went to Italy to shoot the Dollars trilogy - A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966) - where he formally became a movie star.
Back in the United Sates, Eastwood went on to play his iconic role as Harry Callahan which cemented his name in the entertainment industry. Around the same time, he began to direct films, many of which received critical acclaim, signaling his successful transition from actor to film director and producer.
In 1988, Eastwood directed the Charlie Parker biopic Bird for which gained worldwide attention. Since then, he has been vigorously active in the business of film making. He made history in the film Unforgiven (1992) where he won an Academy Award for directing, a feat only few other directors best known as an actor can claim. In the same film, he won Best Director and Best Picture, one of only two people to have been twice nominated for the same film.
His most recent success was with his work on the film Million Dollar Baby (2004) where he won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Director. Some of his other celebrated works include The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Mystic River (2003), Letters from Iwo Jimma (2006), and The Changeling (2008).
Eastwood, Politics And Social Activism
In one of his recent acceptance speeches, Eastwood jokingly shares the secret behind his success as a director. "My whole philosophy in film making has been, 'Surround yourself with the best people and let them make you look good,'" the film veteran said.
But the art of entertainment isn't the only field he's good at. Eastwood has also tried his hand in politics and social activism. He served as mayor of Carmel, California for two years when he was elected 1986. He is also transparent with his support for the Republican Party.
In a controversial speech at the Republican National Convention in August 2012, Eastwood made headlines when he frequently addressed a chair, which seemed to have been a representation of President Barack Obama. Eastwood is quoted saying, "I think it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem. When someone does not do the job, you have got to let them go."
Clint Eastwood Still Going Strong At 87
In 2011, he directed the movie "J. Edgar", in 2014 he directed the "Jersey Boys", in 2014, "American Sniper", and in 2016, "Sully". At 87 years old, Clint Eastwood is still making news. Now he is directing the movie "The 15:17 to Paris", a drama about an American soldiers who discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.