"Clint Eastwood"

Primary Authors: Alex Tomala and Alex Podolski

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Clint Eastwood was born on 31 May 1930 in San Francisco, California. In 1955, Eastwood's acting career took off. He started off in small, B list films, but quickly found his way onto the long running television series Rawhide. He did a total of 216 episodes of Rawhide before the show ended in 1965.

After Rawhide, Clint Eastwood acted in several western genre movies. His most famous being The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967). From doing these western movies, Eastwood became the gritty, badass that he is known as today. In 2008, he made sure no one had forgotten him when he starred in Gran Torino. Even though Eastwood was so successful in Hollywood, he was not fully satisfied with being an actor.

In 1971, Eastwood directed his first movie, Play Misty for Me, in which he also starred. This was only one of many films he went on to direct and star in. Some of his films are very well-known and others are just average. Some of the most popular films he directed are Million Dollar Baby (2004), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), and Heartbreak Ridge (1986). He has directed countless movies and acted in even more, but how did such a gritty guy end up in acting?

Eastwood's mom was a factory worker and his dad was a steelworker, so he basically inherited his gritty demeanor. He had a short lived college career at Los Angeles City College. He ended up dropping out to pursue a career in acting. Although dropping out of school is frowned upon by many, it turned out to be the best decision of his life. He has since worked with big names such as Burt Reynolds, Kevin Costner, and Angelina Jolie. Many of his films were box office hits and made millions of dollars. Today it is estimated that Clint Eastwood has a net worth of $385 million.

Not all of Eastwood's movies are western films. Violent thrillers are definitely his niche. In 2008, Eastwood directed and starred in Gran Torino, he played an old man who tried to reform his young neighbor after he tried to steal his beloved car, a Gran Torino. Eastwood also directed and starred in Million Dollar Baby in 2004, where he played a boxing coach who trained a young girl to become a professional. Both Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino are far from being westerns and both turned out to be very popular films.

Eastwood's Gran Torino was a rather powerful movie. It told a great story of overcoming religious and racial boundaries. Eastwood's character, Walt, has rather snobby kids. When he sees his neighbor getting into a bad crowd he decides to take him under his wing. He ends up making quite a sacrifice for him and when all is said and done, he gives him a gift that one would generally give to his or her children. The important part of this story is that Walt served in Korea and makes it clear that he has at least one confirmed kill. Walt's neighbor happens to be of Asian descent, hence breaking racial boundaries. The film takes place in Detroit—a city generally considered to be racially divided—making it all the more powerful.

Clint Eastwood has directed and acted, not too many can say they have done both. Eastwood has starred in a variety of movies, from the legendary The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1967) to softer films such as Trouble with the Curve (2012). He is undoubtedly the All-American badass from the classic westerns, but at the same time he is much more than that. Eastwood has a wide acting range that you do not see very often today. While he is known for one genre by many, others might know him for another, and that is because he is such a legendary, successful actor and director. There is no doubt he has earned the name he has made for himself.

Publicity photo for Rawhide, 1961