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Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College, from which he dropped out after two semesters to pursue acting. He found uncredited bit parts in such nondescript B-films as Revenge of the Creature (1955) and Tarantula (1955) during the mid-'50s while simultaneously digging swimming pools for a living, until he got his first breakthrough in the long-running TV series Rawhide (1959) with Eric Fleming. Though only a secondary player in the early seasons, Clint made the show his own by end of its run and became a recognizable face to television viewers around the country. Eastwood found much bigger and better things in Italy with the excellent spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965). But it was the third installment in the trilogy where he found one of his signature roles: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). The movie was released in America in early 1968 and made Clint an instant international star. His first American-made western, Hang 'Em High (1968), was yet again a success, and he followed it up with another starring role in Coogan's Bluff (1968) (the loose inspiration to the TV series McCloud (1970)) before playing second fiddle to Richard Burton in the World War II epic Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Lee Marvin in the bizarre musical Paint Your Wagon (1969). In Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970) and Kelly's Heroes (1970), Eastwood went in an experimental direction by combining tough-guy action with offbeat humor. 1971 proved to be one of his best years in film, if not the best. He starred in The Beguiled (1971) and the classic thriller Play Misty for Me (1971), but it was his role as the hard edge police inspector in Dirty Harry (1971) that gave Eastwood one of his signature roles and invented the loose-cannon cop genre that has been imitated even to this day. Eastwood did a fairly consistent quality of work thereafter with the road movies Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) and The Gauntlet (1977), the Dirty Harry sequels Magnum Force (1973) and The Enforcer (1976), the westerns Joe Kidd (1972), High Plains Drifter (1973) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) (his first of six onscreen collaborations with then live-in love Sondra Locke), and the fact-based thriller Escape from Alcatraz (1979). In 1978 he branched out into the comedy genre in Every Which Way But Loose (1978), which became the biggest hit of his career up to that time; taking inflation into account, it still is. In short, notwithstanding The Eiger Sanction (1975), the '70s were an uninterrupted continuation of success. Eastwood kicked off the '80s with Any Which Way You Can (1980), the blockbuster sequel to Every Which Way But Loose. The fourth Dirty Harry film, Sudden Impact (1983), was the highest-grossing film of the franchise and spawned the character's trademark catchphrase, "Make my day". Clint also starred in Bronco Billy (1980), Firefox (1982), Tightrope (1984), City Heat (1984), Pale Rider (1985) and Heartbreak Ridge (1986), all of which were solid hits, with Honkytonk Man (1982) being his only commercial failure of the period. In 1988 he did his fifth and final Dirty Harry movie, The Dead Pool (1988). Although it was a success overall, it did not have the box office punch the previous films had. About this time, with outright bombs like Pink Cadillac (1989) and The Rookie (1990), it became apparent that Eastwood's star was declining as it never had before. He then started taking on more personal projects, such as directing Bird (1988), a biopic of Charlie Parker, and starring in and directing White Hunter Black Heart (1990), an uneven, loose biopic of John Huston. Eastwood bounced back in a big way with his western Unforgiven (1992), which garnered the then 62-year-old his first ever Academy Award nomination (Best Actor) and win for Best Director. Following up with a quick hit, he took on the secret service in In the Line of Fire (1993), then accepted second billing to Kevin Costner in the interesting but poorly received drama A Perfect World (1993). Next up was a love story, The Bridges of Madison County (1995), where Clint surprised audiences with a sensitive performance, but it soon became apparent he was going backwards after his brief revival. Subsequent films were credible, but nothing really stuck out. Among them were the moderately well-received Absolute Power (1997) and Space Cowboys (2000) as well as the badly received True Crime (1999) and Blood Work (2002). But Eastwood surprised yet again, returning to the top of the A-list with the hugely successful boxing drama Million Dollar Baby (2004). The movie earned him an Oscar for Best Director and a Best Actor nomination for the second time. Behind the camera, he had big successes directing the multi-award-winners Mystic River (2003), Flags of our Fathers (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Changeling (2008) which starred Angelina Jolie. His next starring vehicle, Gran Torino (2008), earned $30 million in its opening weekend, proving his box office appeal has not waned. Eastwood has managed to keep his extremely convoluted personal life top secret and never discusses his families with the media. He had a long time relationship with frequent co-star Locke and has at least eight children by at least six other women, although he has only been married twice. Clint Eastwood lives in Los Angeles and owns homes in Monterey, Northern California, Idaho and Hawaii.  See full bio on IMDb »

Clint Eastwood & Wife Dina -- Separated

Clint Eastwood & Wife

Clint Eastwood's marriage has gone from the good, the bad, to the ugly ... the 83-year-old actor has separated from his wife of 17 years.48-year-old Dina Eastwood -- Clint's second wife -- said… READ MORE >

Clint Eastwood -- Ringless Amid Marriage Troubles

Clint Eastwood
Ringless Amid Marriage Troubles

With his wife in rehab and his marriage in crisis, Clint Eastwood was seen on the streets of New York yesterday ... not wearing his wedding ring. As TMZ first reported, Dina Eastwood checked into… READ MORE >

- 1518 days ago
Clint Eastwood's Wife -- Severely Depressed ... Marriage Is Falling Apart

Clint Eastwood's Wife
Severely Depressed ... Marriage Is Falling Apart

Clint Eastwood's wife Dina entered rehab for depression and anxiety because she says her marriage is on the rocks ... and the possibility of divorce sent her over the edge.Sources close to the… READ MORE >

- 1518 days ago
Clint Eastwood's Wife Dina Enters REHAB for Depression, Anxiety

Clint Eastwood's Wife
Enters REHAB for Depression & Anxiety

Clint Eastwood's wife Dina has checked herself into rehab for help with depression and anxiety ... TMZ has learned.Dina, who stars in her own reality show with Clint's daughter Francesca… READ MORE >

- 1521 days ago
Clint Eastwood -- The Good, the Bad and the Wet

Clint Eastwood
The Good, the Bad and the Wet

Clint Eastwood significantly raised the median age in Indio, CA when he hit up a water gun carnival game at the A|X Armani Exchange Neon Carnival during Coachella this weekend. Go ahead, win me a… READ MORE >

- 1531 days ago
Clint Eastwood -- SWATTED

Clint Eastwood

A "swatting" prankster in L.A. must have a death wish ... because TMZ has learned, the latest bogus 911 call to involve a celebrity targeted Dirty Harry himself ... Clint Eastwood.Law enforcement… READ MORE >

- 1583 days ago
Clint Eastwood's Daughter -- I'm NOT Voting for Mitt Romney

Clint Eastwood's Daughter
I'm NOT Voting for Mitt Romney

Despite the fact her dad gave the most memorable speech at the Republican National Convention ... Clint Eastwood's daughter says she will NOT be casting her vote for Mitt Romney.  Francesca… READ MORE >

- 1709 days ago
Clint Eastwood -- Republicans Were 'Dumb' to Ask Me to Speak at RNC

Clint Eastwood
Republicans Were 'Dumb' To Ask Me to Speak at RNC

Clint Eastwood finally admitted what everyone already knew ... the GOP made a HUGE MISTAKE by hiring him to speak at the Republican National Convention -- calling Mitt Romney's people "dumb"… READ MORE >

- 1740 days ago
Clint Eastwood -- Doesn't 'Give a Crap' About RNC Speech Critics

Clint Eastwood
Doesn't 'Give a Crap' About RNC Speech Critics

Clint Eastwood says he doesn't really give a crap about the people who ripped his impromptu "chair" speech at the Republican National Convention ... saying he was just expressing his feelings.… READ MORE >

- 1741 days ago
Rob Reiner -- Clint Eastwood's RNC Speech Was 'Embarrassing'

Rob Reiner
Clint's RNC Speech Was 'Embarrassing'

Rob Reiner has always had a way with words and he dropped a critical one when talking about Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention last week ... "embarrassing."By now… READ MORE >

- 1749 days ago
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