Biography

Academy Award-winning producer/director. Oscar-nominated actor. Movie composer. Elected politician. Father of seven. After starting out as an uncredited bit player in '50s B-movies (Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula), the multitasking entertainment icon 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 Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Eastwood found international fame. Clad in a black hat and ragged poncho, and locked in a frozen grimace, he was the ideal antihero for a tumultuous era. He continued to favor the genre stateside, appearing in a string of Westerns, including Coogan's Bluff, directed by frequent collaborator Don Siegel. 1971 was a career-changing year for Eastwood. He made his feature-film directorial debut with Play Misty for Me, a taut thriller starring Eastwood as a deejay stalked by a fan. In addition, he created his second seminal role, the title character in Siegel's Dirty Harry, a renegade San Francisco cop out to stop a serial killer and any other criminals unlucky enough to cross his path. During the '70s and '80s, Eastwood played Dirty Harry three more times and continued to headline Westerns, many of which he directed (High Plains Drifter; The Outlaw Josey Wales, opposite 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. In 1988, Eastwood bid adieu to Dirty Harry in the franchise's final installment The Dead Pool. 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, the actor became increasingly recognizable 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. The next year, at age 74, the septuagenarian became the oldest Best Director Oscar winner for Million Dollar Baby. Following his Oscar win, Eastwood directed and/or starred in a number of successful films, including Gran Torino (2008) and Invictus (2010).

Fast Facts

  • Got breakthrough role as Rowdy Yates on Rawhide while visiting a friend on the CBS studio lot. An executive spotted him, thought he looked like a cowboy and asked him to audition.
  • In 1963, recorded an album called Rawhide's Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites.
  • Wore the same poncho—and never washed it—-through the filming of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the three "Man With No Name" spaghetti westerns.
  • Was set to play the villain Two-Face in the 1960s Batman series, but the show was canceled before filming began.
  • Took title role of Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) after Frank Sinatra dropped out.
  • At age 74, was the oldest person ever to be honored with a Best Director Oscar for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
  • Daughter Francesca was named Miss Golden Globe 2013.
  • At age 84, became the oldest nominee for a Best Director Oscar for American Sniper (2014).

Awards

  • 2003, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2010, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2000, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 1984, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actor: Winner
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2003, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Composer: Nominee
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Composer: Nominee
  • 1987, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actor: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Nonfiction Special: Nominee
  • 2006, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
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  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Nominee
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  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Lifetime Achievement: Winner
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites): Winner
  • 2004, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 2015, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2014, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2014, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
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  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Composer: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
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  • 2005, Directors Guild of America Awards — Lifetime Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2006, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1994, Oscar — Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award: Winner
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2004, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
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  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1992, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 1981, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actor: Winner
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1985, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Motion Picture Actor: Winner
  • 1988, People's Choice Awards — Favorite All-Time Motion Picture Star: Winner

Relationships

  • Alison Eastwood — Daughter
  • Clinton Eastwood Sr. — Father
  • Jacelyn Reeves — Ex-significant Other
  • Kimber Eastwood — Daughter
  • Kyle Eastwood — Son
  • Kathryn Ann Reeves — Daughter
  • Jean Eastwood — Sister
  • Dina Eastwood — Ex-wife
  • Francesca Eastwood — Daughter
  • Ruth Eastwood — Mother
  • Frances Fisher — Ex-significant Other
  • Maggie Johnson — Ex-wife
  • Morgan Eastwood — Daughter
  • Scott Eastwood — Son
  • Roxanne Tunis — Ex-significant Other
  • Sondra Locke — Ex-significant Other

College

  • Attended Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, California, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: Clinton Eastwood Jr.
  • Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States
  • Birthday: May 31, 1930, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer, Composer

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