Clint EastwoodActor | Producer | Director
Date of Birth 31 May 1930, San Francisco, California, USA
Birth Name Clinton Eastwood Jr.
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)
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 a big hit and he became an instant international star. Clint's 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.
Dina Eastwood (31 March 1996 - 22 December 2014) (divorced) (1 child)
Margaret (Maggie) Neville Johnson (19 December 1953 - 19 November 1984) (divorced) (2 children)
During the credits at the end of his movies, the camera will move around the location it was filmed in, after which there will be freezeframe for the rest of the credits.
Frequently uses shadow lightning in his films
Known on-set as a director for filming very few takes and having an easy shooting schedule. Tim Robbins once said that when working on Mystic River, Eastwood would usually ask for only one take, or two "if you were lucky", and that a day of filming would consist of starting "no earlier than 9 a.m. and you leave, usually, after lunch."
The lead characters in his movie are often outsiders with a dark past they prefer not to remember
Narrow eyes and towering height
Unmistakable authoritative rasping (sometimes hissing) voice
Often breaks unexpectedly into a warm smile
Deadpan delivery of one-liners
Many of his films show at least one variation of sexual assault
His films are often period pieces with a strong attention to detail
Often plays characters who are consumed by regrets over past mistakes and are given one chance to redeem themselves
Recurring pattern of his characters is having an unloaded gun or one that misfires.
His films often feature misguided but well meaning younger characters who are mentored by older characters
Actors in his films usually underplay and get emotion across in subtle ways
Many of his films revolve around people struggling with serious trauma that They are unable or unwilling to get help for
Lived with Sondra Locke from 1975 to 1989.
Owns the Mission Ranch hotel & restaurant in Carmel, Calif., the exclusive Tehama golf club in Carmel Valley, and is partial owner of the Pebble Beach Golf Country Club in nearby Monterey Peninsula.
Received an honorary Cesar award in Paris, France for his body of work. [February 1998]
Ranked #2 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Gained popularity with his first three major films, A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) (which weren't released in America until 1967/68). Soon afterwards Jolly Films (which produced A Fistful of Dollars (1964)) came out with a film called "The Magnificent Stranger", which was actually two episodes of Rawhide (1959) edited together. Eastwood sued and the film was withdrawn.
He wore the same poncho, without ever having washed it, in all three of his "Man with No Name" Westerns.
Elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. It has often been claimed that Eastwood ran for office as a Republican. In fact, although he was registered as a Republican in California, the position of mayor is non-partisan. [April 1986]
Was apparently such an organized director that he finished Absolute Power (1997) days ahead of schedule.
Got his role in Rawhide (1959) while visiting a friend at the CBS lot when a studio exec spotted him because he "looked like a cowboy."
Lifeguard and projectionist of training films for the U.S. Army from 1951-1952, stationed at Fort Ord in California. According to former high school buddy Don Loomis in "Clint: The Life and Legend" by Patrick McGilligan, page 49, Eastwood avoided being sent to combat in Korea by romancing one of the daughters of a Fort Ord officer, who might have been entreated to watch out for him when names came up for postings.
Has eight children by six different women: Kimber Eastwood (b. June 17, 1964) with Roxanne Tunis; Kyle Eastwood (b. May 19, 1968) and Alison Eastwood (b. May 22, 1972) with Maggie Johnson; Scott Eastwood (b. March 21, 1986) and Kathryn Eastwood (b. February 2, 1988) with Jacelyn Reeves; Francesca Eastwood (b. August 7, 1993) with Frances Fisher; Morgan Eastwood (b. December 12, 1996) with Dina Eastwood; and another child with another woman whose identities are not confirmed. Only Kyle, Alison, Francesca and Morgan are mentioned in Clint's October 2003 episode of Biography (1987).
It's interesting, given his penchant towards violence, that his name, Clint Eastwood, is an anagram for 'old west action'.
His name is used as the title of the hit Gorillaz song and video "Clint Eastwood" (2001).
Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s TV hit The Fall Guy (1981).
Until his pride was displaced by discovery of a larger version of same tree in 2002, Eastwood used to be proud owner of tree believed to be the nation's largest known hardwood - a bluegum eucalyptus.
Sworn in as parks commissioner for state of California at Big Basin Redwood Park, Santa Cruz, Ca., 8 June 2002. Holding up his new commissioner's badge, he told the crowd, "You're all under arrest".
2000 recipient of John F. Kennedy Center Honors.
Received the Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. [August 2000]
Of English, Scottish, Irish, and smaller amounts of German, Dutch, and Welsh, ancestry.
His character's voice was provided by Enrico Maria Salerno in A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). In 1967, Eastwood dubbed his dialogue in English for the trilogy's American release.
When he directs, he insists that his actors wear as little makeup as possible and he likes to print first takes. As a result, his films consistently finish on schedule and on budget.
When directing, he simply says "okay" instead of "action" and "cut." (source: "Sunday Morning Shootout").
Weighed 11 lbs 6 oz at birth.
His production company is Malpaso Productions, which he formed in 1968. The company's first feature release was Hang 'Em High (1968).
Mentioned on T.G. Sheppard's hit single "Make My Day," which in the first half of 1984 reached #12 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and also reached #62 on that magazine's Hot 100 singles survey.
When Don Siegel fell ill during production of Dirty Harry (1971), Eastwood stepped in as director during the attempted-suicide/jumper sequence.
Current wife Dina Ruiz (Dina Eastwood) is a former local television news anchor/reporter from Salinas, California. They met when she was assigned to interview him for KSBW-TV in April 1993. She admitted that she had seen zero of his movies.
Is 35 years older than wife Dina Eastwood. Dina's parents were 19 and 21 when she was born. This makes Clint 16 years older than his mother-in-law, and 14 years older than his father-in-law.
Brother-in-law of Dominic V. Ruiz and Jade Marx-Berti.
He asked his first wife Maggie Johnson for a divorce after fathering a child with Roxanne Tunis in 1964, but within a matter of weeks, Johnson became very ill with hepatitis. She and Eastwood reconciled and came to a mutual agreement that it would be best if she turned a blind eye to the other family. In 1968, almost 15 years after they married, their first child together was born.
Eastwood's children from liaisons with Jacelyn Reeves, now calling themselves Scott Eastwood and Kathryn Eastwood, were born with their mother's last name and have been left out of nearly all publications and documentaries about Eastwood until recently. No father is listed on either of their birth certificates.
He has always disliked the reading of political and social agendas in his films, which has occurred from Dirty Harry (1971) to Million Dollar Baby (2004). He has always maintained that all of his films are apolitical and what he has in mind when making a film is whether it's going to be entertaining and compelling.
Has been named to Quigley Publications' annual Top 10 Poll of Money-Making Stars 21 times, making him #2 all-time for appearances in the top 10 list. Only John Wayne, with 25 appearances in the Top 10, has more. Eastwood, who first appeared in the Top Ten at #5 in 1968, finished #2 to Wayne at the box office in 1971 after finishing #2 to Paul Newman in 1970. After his first two consecutive #1 appearances in 1972 and 1973, he dropped back to #2 in 1974, trailing Robert Redford at the box office. Clint was again #2 in 1979, 1981 and 1982 (topped by Burt Reynolds all three years), before leading the charts in 1983 and '84. He last topped the poll in 1993.
Was named the top box-office star of 1972 and again in 1973 by the Motion Picture Herald, based on an annual poll of exhibitors as to the drawing power of movie stars at the box-office, conducted by Quigley Publications.
He was the only nominee for the Best Actor Oscar in 2004 (for Million Dollar Baby (2004)) to play a fictitious character. All four other nominees portrayed real people in their respective films.
A sample of his whistling can be heard on the track "Big Noise" from his son Kyle Eastwood's jazz CD "Paris Blue" (2004).
At The 45th Annual Academy Awards (1973), he presented the 1972 Best Picture Oscar to Albert S. Ruddy, the producer of The Godfather (1972). Thirty-two years later they would jointly accept the 2004 Best Picture Oscar at the The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005), along with fellow Million Dollar Baby (2004) co-producer Tom Rosenberg.
At The 72nd Annual Academy Awards (2000) he presented the Best Picture statuette to American Beauty (1999).
Was named the #1 top money-making star at the box office in Quigley Publications' annual poll of movie exhibitors five times between 1972 and 1993. Bing Crosby, Burt Reynolds and Tom Hanks also have been named #1 five times, while Tom Cruise holds the record for being named #1 six times.
Stacy McLaughlin filed a $100,000 lawsuit against Eastwood in May 1989 for "knowingly, intentionally and deliberately" ramming her Nissan Maxima with his quarter-ton pickup at the Burbank Studios on Dec. 16, 1988, when she mistakenly parked in his parking space while dropping off a tape at his Malpaso Productions office. Eastwood, who contended he was only trying to park his vehicle in its rightful space, paid $960 to repair the headlights and bumper of McLaughlin's car. She sought the additional money as punitive damages, claiming malice on Eastwood's part. The case went to court in July 1991, but a judge refused to grant the damages.
At age 74, he became the oldest person to win the Best Director Oscar for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
He directed 11 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Gene Hackman, Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, and himself (in Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004)). Hackman, Penn, Robbins, Freeman and Swank won Oscars for their performances in one of Eastwood's movies.
For two consecutive years he directed two out of the four actors who won Oscars for their performances: Sean Penn (Best Actor) and Tim Robbins (Best Supporting Actor) in Mystic River (2003)) in 2004, and Hilary Swank (Best Actress) and Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor) for Million Dollar Baby (2004)) in 2005.
Received an honorary Doctorate from Wesleyan University in Connecticut (2000). Wesleyan is also home to his personal archives.
Every year the PGA tour comes to Pebble Beach, California, to host a celebrity golf tournament where celebrities team up with the professionals. Clint participated in this every year from 1962-2002 and is the longest running participant. He now serves as Host.
In early 2005 he announced that he would supply the voice for a "Dirty Harry" video game.
Premiere Magazine ranked him as #43 on a list of the Greatest Movie Stars of All Time in their Stars in Our Constellation feature (2005).
Favorite actor is James Cagney.
Some of his favorite movies are The 39 Steps (1935), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Sergeant York (1941), The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) and Chariots of Fire (1981).
Some of his favorite actors are Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and James Stewart.
Opened the Hog's Breath Inn with co-founders Paul E. Lippman and Walter Becker in 1972. According to Lippman, "I had to terminate three pretty good waitresses in the first few months of operation; not because they went to bed with Clint Eastwood, but because they either talked about it all over the premises, or came in the next day acting like they owned the place." The restaurant closed in 1999 and then re-opened under new management.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
He stood at 6'4" at his peak, but due to recent back problems, he can only stretch up to 6'2".
He, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Mel Gibson, Richard Attenborough and Kevin Costner are the only directors best known as actors who have won an Academy Award as Best Director.
President of jury at the Cannes Film Festival. 
Claimed that the trait he most despised in others was racism.
The boots that he wore in Unforgiven (1992) are the same ones he wore in the TV series Rawhide (1959). They are now a part of his private collection and were on loan to the 2005 Sergio Leone exhibit at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California. In essence these boots have book-ended his career in the Western genre.
Made six movies with former partner Sondra Locke: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), The Gauntlet (1977), Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Bronco Billy (1980), Any Which Way You Can (1980) and Sudden Impact (1983).
As a director, he has always refused to test screen his films before their release.
He objected to the end of Dirty Harry (1971) when Harry throws his badge away after killing the Scorpio Killer, arguing with director Don Siegel that Harry knew that being a policeman was the only work for which he was suited. Siegel eventually convinced Eastwood that Harry threw his badge away as a symbol that he had lost faith in the justice system.
He was a contract player at Universal International in the mid-1950s. He and a younger actor named Burt Reynolds were released from their contracts and left the studio on the same day. They were both fired by the same director. Eastwood was fired when the director didn't want to use him in a movie because "his Adam's Apple was too big." Reynolds, who was serving as a stunt man, was fired after he shoved the director into a water tank during an argument over how to do a stunt fall.
At the 2005 National Board of Review awards dinner in New York City, Eastwood joked that he would kill filmmaker Michael Moore if Moore ever showed up at his home with a camera (an evident reference to Moore's controversial interview Charlton Heston, for Bowling for Columbine (2002)). After the crowd laughed, Eastwood said, "I mean it." Moore's spokesman said, "Michael laughed along with everyone else, and took Mr. Eastwood's comments in the lighthearted spirit in which they were given." Publicly, Eastwood has not commented further.
Took acting class from Michael Chekhov in Hollywood.
In 1972 Eastwood attended President Richard Nixon's landslide victory celebration in Los Angeles, along with John Wayne, Charlton Heston and Glenn Ford.
Was appointed to serve on the National Council of the Arts by President Nixon in 1972.
Has ruled out the possibility of playing Dirty Harry again, saying he has "outgrown him age-wise."
His performance as "Dirty" Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) is ranked #92 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
At a press conference for his movie Mystic River (2003), Eastwood condemned the Iraq war as a "big mistake" and defended Sean Penn's visit to Baghdad, saying he might have done the same thing but for his age.
Eastwood declined an offer from President George Bush to campaign for him in the 1992 Presidential election. He told an interviewer the next year, "I think what the ultra-right wing conservatives did to the Republicans is really self-destructive, absolutely stupid".
His performance as Blondie in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) is ranked #50 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
His performance as "Dirty" Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971) is ranked #42 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Ended his longstanding friendship with onetime neighbor William R. Thompkins in 1964.
He claims that he wound up getting the role in Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars (1964) because James Coburn, to whom the role was originally offered, wanted $25,000. Eastwood accepted the role for $15,000.
Was offered Al Pacino's role in Any Given Sunday (1999), but turned it down because Warner Bros. wouldn't let him direct it also.
Is a patron of the arts, notably as an avid collector of western art.
Presented the Golden Globe Award for Best Director to Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain (2005).
His "Fistful" mannerisms was imitated in Canada, by the Tim Horton's restaurant chain, to promote the 2005 Southwest chicken sub.
Claims to have been an early choice for the title role in Superman (1978). "I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me," he said.
Whenever asked if he would do a Dirty Harry 6, he often joked that he can imagine Dirty Harry now long retired, and fly-fishing with his .44 magnum.
Cited as America's Favorite Movie Star by the Harris Polls conducted in 1993, 1994 and 1997. Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford are the only other actors to be cited as the #1 Movie Star as many times.
He is "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur", a high French distinction that has been conferred on him by President Jacques Chirac on February 17, 2007, as a tribute to his career as an actor and a filmmaker.
Voted for Arnold Schwarzenegger as Governor of California in 2003 and 2006.
Son of Ruth Wood.
In 1969 he attended a celebration of John Wayne's 40-year career at Paramount Pictures, along with Lee Marvin, Rock Hudson, Fred MacMurray, James Stewart, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Caine and Laurence Harvey.
Semi-fluent in Italian.
Had to fill in for Charlton Heston at The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) until Heston arrived.
Was offered Gregory Peck's role in Mackenna's Gold (1969), but turned it down to make Hang 'Em High (1968) instead.
The producers of Dirty Harry (1971) originally didn't want Eastwood, since they felt he was too young at 41. After older stars like John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Robert Mitchum turned the film down, Eastwood was cast. He last played Harry Callahan aged 58 in The Dead Pool (1988), which was only a year older than the character was supposed to be in the first film according to the original screenplay.
William Friedkin offered him the lead in Sorcerer (1977), but Eastwood didn't want to travel anywhere at that time. Jack Nicholson turned the film down for the same reason.
Used to shop at Market Basket a lot when it was still open.
Mentioned in theme song in The Adventures of George the Projectionist (2006).
Received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California. [May 2007]
Learned mountain climbing for The Eiger Sanction (1975) because he felt the scenes were too dangerous for him to pay a stuntman to do for him. He was the last climber up The Totem Pole in Monument Valley, and as part of the contract, the movie crew removed the pitons left by decades of other climbers. The scene where he was hanging off the mountain by a single rope was actually Eastwood, and not a stuntman.
An accomplished jazz pianist, he performs much of the music for his movies, including the scene in the bar in In the Line of Fire (1993).
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Eastwood into the California Hall of Fame located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts. [December 2006]
Along with John Travolta and Tom Selleck, he attended the formal state dinner at the White House held by President Ronald Reagan to welcome Prince Charles and Princess Diana to the United States in 1985.
In the late 1980s he discussed remaking the classic Sam Peckinpah western Ride the High Country (1962) with Charlton Heston.
He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.
William Goldman said of Eastwood that he was the only person to be a star in the '70s, '80s and '90s. By "star" Goldman means Variety's list of top ten actors of the decade.
Former longtime companion Sondra Locke blasted Eastwood in her autobiography "The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey" (1997), describing him as "a monster who thought nothing of destroying anything inconvenient to him" and even likening Clint to O.J. Simpson. Locke reiterated earlier publicized claims that Eastwood had manipulated her into having two abortions and a tubal ligation in the 1970s and sabotaged her directorial career after the couple's 1989 split, but also made new allegations that he sired two children by another woman in the last three years of their relationship (which mainstream media refused to report, despite the fact that the kids' names and exact birthdates were revealed in the book). Sondra wrote that she learned of this "double life" from an investigative journalist who phoned her during depositions in the palimony case with the shocking revelation that Clint had a secret family in Carmel living in a house under his business manager's name--a fact confirmed when she filed a motion to discover and Eastwood's will was called in for evidence, with the document showing one Jacelyn Reeves, her legally fatherless son and daughter listed as beneficiaries.
Sondra Locke filed a palimony lawsuit against Eastwood in April 1989, after he changed the locks on their Bel-Air home and moved her possessions into storage while she was at work directing Impulse (1990). Diagnosed with breast cancer in the midst of the hearings, Locke met privately with him and dropped the suit in November 1990 in exchange for a settlement that included financial payments, title to a house in West Hollywood that he had been leasing to Gordon Anderson, and a multi-year contract with Warner Bros. to direct films. In June 1995 she sued Eastwood again, for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty once she became convinced - after having more than 30 separate projects rejected by the studio - that the deal was a sham and that she was employed only on paper. Having unearthed a bookkeeping printout to corroborate this assertion, Locke alleged the checks she received from Warner actually came from money Eastwood had laundered out of the budget for Unforgiven (1992) and written off as production costs. The case went to trial in September 1996, with ten of the 12 jurors believed to be solidly in Locke's corner, with the only real issue being how much money ultimately would be awarded. Eastwood's lawyers suggested a settlement, and on the morning in which jurors were set to begin a second day of deliberation, Locke announced her decision to drop her suit against Eastwood in return for an unspecified monetary reward. A separate lawsuit against Warner Brothers was settled out of court in May 1999, ending the decade-long legal saga.
Though he often smokes in his movies, he is a lifelong non-smoker offscreen.
Although he can handle pistols with either hand equally well, he is left-eye dominant, evident when he shoots a rifle as in Joe Kidd (1972) or Unforgiven (1992), but is right handed, as seen when he wears or handles one pistol.
He and Burt Reynolds had major influences on each other's careers. It was he who sent a copy of "Sharky's Machine" to Reynolds, which gave Reynolds the idea to turn the novel into a movie, Sharky's Machine (1981), which went on to garner excellent reviews. On the other hand, it was Reynolds who sent Clint a copy of "The Outlaw Josey Wales", later made into a film by Eastwood (The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)). Years later, Reynolds told him about "this great novel" called "The Bridges of Madison County", and some time later it was shot by Eastwood (The Bridges of Madison County (1995)).
Served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, for one term for the nominal salary of $300.
Turned down the role of Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now (1979) because he found the story "too dark." The role went to Martin Sheen, whose son Charlie went on to co-star with Clint in The Rookie (1990).
Was offered the role of James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973). He was flattered, but declined, saying that Bond should be played by an English actor.
Has a younger sister named Jeanne Bernhardt (b. 1934) and two nieces, Anna (b. 1958) and Celia (b. 1961).
Owns a hillside mansion in Sun Valley, Idaho and a beachfront estate in Maui.
Notable women Eastwood has reportedly been romantically linked with include actresses Inger Stevens, Jean Seberg, Jo Ann Harris, Jamie Rose, Rebecca Perle, Catherine Deneuve, Susan Saint James and Jill Banner, singer Keely Smith, competitive swimmer Anita Lhoest, restaurant critic Gael Greene, wildlife activist Jane Brolin, columnist Bridget Byrne, story analyst Megan Rose, French model Cathy Reghin and former Carmel mayor Jean Grace.
Practices transcendental meditation twice a day, and said in 2013 that he has been meditating for the past 40 years.
Dislikes hunting, saying that he doesn't enjoy killing an animal for no reason.
Father was Clinton Eastwood Sr. (1906-1970), an executive at Georgia Pacific LLC, a pulp and paper manufacturing company. Stepfather, after his widowed mother remarried in 1972, was John Belden Wood (1913-2004), a lumber executive.
Considered for the role of Rambo in First Blood (1982) long before Sylvester Stallone was hired.
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts on February 25, 2010 for his services and contributions to the arts.
Contrary to rumors, he is not a vegetarian. However, he does keep to a strict lowfat diet.
Profiled in "Directors Close Up" by Jeremy Kagan (2005).
Declined to have a party for his 80th birthday, explaining that at his age he doesn't like birthday parties for himself. He said his only plans to celebrate the occasion would be to go out for a drink with his wife.
The genesis of his production company, Malpaso Productions, had a curious origin. When Italian director Sergio Leone approached Eastwood about appearing in what would become the "Spaghetti Western" trilogy--A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)--Eastwood was eager to take it but was advised against it by his agent, suggesting it would be a "bad move" (mal paso). Against all advice, the actor went ahead and accepted the "man with no name" role and his decision turned out to be a "good move". Eastwood never forgot the irony of the situation and adopted "Malpaso" as his production company name.
Turned down the role of Harmonica in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), which went to Charles Bronson.
Sergio Leone asked him and his The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) co-stars Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef to appear in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968). The idea was reportedly scrapped due to scheduling conflicts with other films, although some rumors state they declined when they heard that their characters were going to be killed off by Charles Bronson's character in the first five minutes. Leone filmed the scene instead with character actors Woody Strode, Jack Elam and Al Mulock.
Eastwood's parents settled in Piedmont, California, where he attended Piedmont Jr. High School, then Piedmont High School from January 1945 to January 1946. Later, Eastwood enrolled at Oakland Technical High School; he was held back due to poor academic scores and was scheduled to graduate in January 1949 as a midyear graduate, although it is not clear if he ever did.
Served as President of the Cannes Jury when Pulp Fiction (1994) won but the film was not his personal choice: "On the jury here when 'Pulp Fiction' won, somebody said, 'Oh, Clint Eastwood was on the jury, so he voted for the American film.' But my sensibilities are European, here is where my success started. Actually, 'Zhang Yimou''s To Live (1994) was my favorite piece, but most of the European jurors seemed to like 'Pulp Fiction'.".
Five of his movies were nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies: Dirty Harry (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Unforgiven (1992), Mystic River (2003) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). "Unforgiven" made the list at #68, 30 places up from its original rank at #98.
Turned down the role of K in Men in Black (1997).
Paul Haggis, who wrote the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby (2004), offered Eastwood the role of Hank Deerfiled in In the Valley of Elah (2007). Eastwood turned it down and recommended Tommy Lee Jones, who went on to receive a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance.
He was going to play the villain Two-Face on the Batman (1966) TV series, but the show was canceled before the episode began shooting. He later expressed interest for the same role in Batman Forever (1995).
Although he has been associated with violence throughout his career, he personally detests it and has carefully shown the horrific consequences of violence in films such as Unforgiven (1992), A Perfect World (1993), Absolute Power (1997), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Gran Torino (2008).
According to Robert Daley, the head of Warner Bros. when Eastwood made 15 pictures there, none of those films ever included preview screenings because Clint "doesn't believe in the preview process".
He and Warren Beatty are the only actor-directors to earn Best Actor and Best Director Oscar nominations for the same film two times.
His signature character, "The Man With No Name", is portrayed by Timothy Olyphant as "The Spirit of the West" in Rango (2011).
A former logger, steel furnace stoker and gas station attendant before becoming an actor.
Directed two films concurrently in 1973; High Plains Drifter (1973) and Breezy (1973).
Cinematographer Bruce Surtees and actor Geoffrey Lewis are regulars in Eastwood films (he's directed).
Father-in-law of Stacy Poitras.
In Cape Town, South Africa, filming Invictus (2009). [March 2009]
Attending Cannes premiere of latest film Changeling (2008), a period thriller set in the 1920s. [May 2008]
The character Shane Gooseman ("Goose" for short) from the animated space opera The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (1986) was based on him and his screen persona.
A guest speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Eastwood spent much of his speech time on a largely improvised routine addressing an empty chair representing President Barack Obama. It generated many responses and a lot of discussion. Ex-girlfriend Frances Fisher wrote a condemning post on Facebook and suggested Eastwood's appearance was a publicity stunt to get more tickets sold for his new movie Trouble with the Curve (2012), adding "I've seen this act before. And I didn't buy it. Crazy like a fox. I saw the same act sitting with therapists, mediators and lawyers. [...] Even though I am certainly not a Republican, I felt bad for the people who thought this was a good idea." Several commentators including Bill Maher sidetracked to point out the hypocrisy of Eastwood's mere presence at the gathering, since the star's inordinately adventurous love life was the antithesis of the "family values" advocated by Presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the same stage that evening.
Has played the same character in more than one film three times: The Man with No Name in the Leone trilogy, Philo Beddoe in the Any Which Way movies and Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry franchise.
He appeared in and directed two Best Picture Academy Award winners: Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). Morgan Freeman also appeared in both films.
Had planned to star in Die Hard (1988) and originally owned the rights to the novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" on which the film is based, but opted to make The Dead Pool (1988) instead.
Ranked #19 in Forbes magazine's list of the world's 40 best-paid entertainers, with estimated earnings of $44 million in 1995 and 1996. [September 1996]
Along with Orson Welles, Laurence Olivier, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Kenneth Branagh and Roberto Benigni, he is one of only seven men to receive Academy Award nominations for both Best Actor and Best Director for the same film: Welles for Citizen Kane (1941), Olivier for Hamlet (1948), Allen for Annie Hall (1977), Beatty for both Heaven Can Wait (1978) and Reds (1981), Branagh for Henry V (1989), Eastwood for Unforgiven (1992) and Benigni for Life Is Beautiful (1997).
Ex-significant other Sondra Locke was legally married to gay sculptor Gordon Anderson the entire time she and Eastwood were living together, and to this day they are still married in name. While house hunting with Locke in the late '70s, Eastwood introduced himself as "Mr. Anderson," even when he happened to be wearing a Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) T-shirt. Locke recalled that the sales agents could barely keep a straight face and always looked at their feet when addressing him as such.
Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945- 1985". Pages 294-302. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
Early in his career he appeared in a "B" western, Ambush at Cimarron Pass (1958), in which he was billed third and leading lady Margia Dean was billed second. Years later, after Eastwood had become a superstar actor and director, Dean ran into him at a social function and teased him, "Just remember, I got top billing over you".
Discovered by director Arthur Lubin during filming of Francis Joins the WACS (1954) on location in Marina, Ca.
Has a grandson born in February 1984 named Clinton Eastwood Gaddie through his illegitimate daughter Kimber Tunis (Kimber Eastwood). Clint and Roxanne Tunis are great-grandparents via Kimber's son.
Clint and former spouse Maggie Johnson were estranged for at least nine years and legally separated for six before she filed for divorce in May 1984 (it was finalized that November). Johnson had finally decided to make the split official so she could marry Henry Wynberg, a used car salesman slightly younger than herself. The Johnson-Wynberg union ended in 1989 after four years, and in 1992 Wynberg, then 58, married a 19-year-old Costa Rican woman.
Couples in his social circle used to include Merv Griffin & Eva Gabor, Bud Yorkin & Cynthia Sikes, Richard D. Zanuck & Lili Fini Zanuck, Arnold Schwarzenegger & Maria Shriver.
Had a falling out with longtime associate Fritz Manes during the filming of Heartbreak Ridge (1986).
At one time, was dating Barbra Streisand.
Landed his breakthrough role in A Fistful of Dollars (1964) after Charles Bronson, Rory Calhoun, James Coburn, Henry Fonda, Ty Hardin, Steve Reeves, Tony Russel and Henry Silva all turned it down.
Wanted to direct Angels & Demons (2009), but didn't get the chance because Ron Howard was contractually obligated to direct it because of his contract from The Da Vinci Code (2006).
Once said that his wide hips were his only physical flaw, except for the chipped tooth he eventually had fixed.
Hired a private detective in the early 1980s when his company, Malpaso Productions, began to receive a series of strange, threatening letters addressed to him mailed from various California locations by someone who seemed to have inside knowledge of his life. The trouble was, the detective had an extremely long list of possible Clint enemies and ex-girlfriends but no real clues as to who might be the culprit. After a while suspicion focused on Jane Brolin, an off-and-on paramour of Eastwood's then married to actor James Brolin. Eastwood scoffed at the idea it was her and thought it might be an actress friend of ex-mistress Roxanne Tunis, seeking some kind of revenge on him. One night he drove around the Hollywood Hills with Fritz Manes, trying to find the assumed woman's address. He tried to convince Manes that they should burgle her place, and see if the lady's typewriter matched up with the letters. Manes said no, and the vile letters eventually waxed and waned.
In an interview with the London Times, Eastwood confessed that he had gained unwanted attention from a 23-year-old schoolteacher when he was 19 and that she stalked him and threatened to kill herself after a one-night stand.
Wanted to play Charles A. Lindbergh in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) and penned a letter to director Billy Wilder in October 1954 requesting to meet in person to discuss his potential eligibility for the role. At the time, Eastwood had just done his first screen test for Universal Pictures but had yet to make his acting debut. The role ultimately went to an established star, James Stewart.
Former agent is Leonard Hirshan.
On Christmas morning 2001, his daughter Francesca Eastwood and her mother Frances Fisher narrowly escaped a fire that engulfed their rented house in North Vancouver, Canada. Francesca leaped 15 feet from a second-story window into the arms of her mother and a neighbor, and was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation. Frances was also treated for burns on her hands. Clint flew up to visit them in the hospital and personally thanked his daughter's rescuers.
One of several celebrity endorsers of David Lynch's Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
On a return air trip from a prearranged tryst in Seattle in September 1951, a two-seated plane on which he was aboard ran out of fuel and crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Point Reyes. Using a life raft, Eastwood and the pilot swam two miles to shore. After-the-fact publicity erroneously infers that this occurrence was somehow war-related.
Former father-in-law of Kirk Fox and Jordan Feldstein.
Admitted to voting for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956, Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984, Ross Perot in 1992, and John McCain in 2008.
Had a long-held obsession with New York Times film critic Pauline Kael because she never liked his work. After her review of The Enforcer (1976), Clint asked a psychiatrist to do an analysis of Kael from her reviews of his past work, which he had memorized verbatim. It concluded that Kael was actually physically attracted to Clint and because she couldn't have him she hated him. Therefore, it was some sort of vengeance, according to Clint.
Was interested in the prospect of playing Hank Rearden in a cinematic adaptation of "Atlas Shrugged" that was in development by Albert S. Ruddy in the early '70s.
A slow bloomer in almost every regard, Clint didn't leave high school until he was 19 (in an era where most students graduated at 16 or 17), got his first big film role at age 34, waited until he turned 38 to start a family (excluding illegitimate unmentionables), made his directorial debut at 41, and received his first Oscar nomination when he was nearly 63.
Accounts from inside the courtroom in the fraud case brought against him by Sondra Locke noted that Eastwood spoke in a barely audible tone on the witness stand and was unable to cross-reference. In one deposition he used the phrase "I have no records on that" 79 times.
Developed his movie voice by listening to audio recordings of Marilyn Monroe. He said he'd noticed Monroe's breathy whisper and he thought it was very sexy and since it had worked so well for her, he decided he'd "do" a male version of it himself.
One of his properties, the Rising River Ranch (located in Burney, CA) was formerly owned by the late Bing Crosby.
Parodied by Bill Hader on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Used to be buddies with Robert Donner, George Fargo and Chill Wills.
Past cars have included Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and GMC Yukon. As of 2017 he is still driving at 87 years old and his vehicle of choice is an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria.
According to author Patrick McGilligan, in mid-1993 Eastwood was confronted with the claims of a woman in her late thirties, originally from Washington State, who had researched her adoption and ascertained that he was her biological father. After having his lawyers and business managers check her out, the story goes, Eastwood agreed to have dinner with the woman, who was married to a rich man and was happy to guard her anonymity - she just wanted to meet him - and promised to stay in touch. (It is worth noting that although McGilligan's book is touted as being meticulously researched, it does contain easily provable errors concerning important people in Eastwood's life, e.g. ex-partner Sondra Locke's year of birth, son Kyle Eastwood's marital status at a given time and the gender of Clint's only grandchild of record, Graylen Eastwood.) In a 2012 documentary that aired on French television, McGilligan stated on camera: "We don't know how many children Clint has had with how many women." A now-defunct website launched in 2006 by a man claiming to be Eastwood's cousin said he also has a son named Lesly, born 13 February 1959 to Rosina Mary Glen. Publicly, Eastwood has not addressed any of these claims or been asked to comment on them by the media.
Avid tennis player in the past.
Turned down The Bucket List (2007).
Doesn't use text messaging and prefers landline when he talks on the phone.
His first onscreen kiss was with Carol Channing in The First Traveling Saleslady (1956).
In addition to his multiple houses, he has a well-appointed apartment behind his studio office in Burbank. In Carmel, he used to keep an apartment on the third floor of a building two doors down from the Hog's Breath Inn.
Turned down the role of Archie Gates in Three Kings (1999) which went to 31-years-younger George Clooney.
Cited under the pseudonym Mr. Smith in "Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach" by Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw.
A July 1968 newspaper item by Dorothy Manners gives insight to Clint's rapid rise to stardom: "Clint Eastwood is on his way to earning $750,000 per picture while the proverbial man in the street is still asking, 'Who's Clint Eastwood?'. He's the hottest property sight unseen (almost) in Hollywood today." Clint was 38 at the time.
Has always been allergic to horses, which is why, in his westerns, he is rarely seen in close-up on horseback.
Ferris Webster worked exclusively as Eastwood's film editor for a decade, but the two had a falling out during postproduction on Firefox (1982).
The only biographical book he's ever authorized is "Clint Eastwood: A Biography" (1996) by Richard Schickel, which contains extensive plot summary for each of Eastwood's movies but leaves his life little documented by comparison.
Clint's first wife Maggie encouraged him to marry Frances Fisher, with whom she and her kids got along great. Fisher was aware of Roxanne and Kimber Tunis, but it was only after giving birth to Eastwood's child that she discovered - not through him - that he had yet another brood with Jacelyn Reeves. Hence it did not come as a surprise to anyone in the know when they didn't get married and split up rather abruptly. Frances later had a face-to-face encounter with Reeves at the funeral of one of Clint's golf buddies.
Has no middle name.
Without taking any acting jobs, he earned $17 million for the period of a year ending in 2010: $6 million apiece for directing Invictus (2009) and Hereafter (2010), $4 million in DVD royalties for Gran Torino (2008), plus $1 million in royalties from earlier projects.
Completely avoids soda and rarely drinks alcohol.
Personal physician Dr. Harry Demopoulos told Muscle & Fitness magazine in 1991 that Clint never eats fat, takes his antioxidants faithfully, works out like a demon and gets plenty of sleep, which is an area that is often neglected in a fitness program.
He started lifting weights at 19, when weight training and bodybuilding were relegated to back-alley sweatshops with black-iron plates.
Eastwood's image was untouched by personal scandal of any sort until late April 1989, when his girlfriend of 14 years, Sondra Locke, made it known to the world that she had undergone two abortions and a tubal ligation "at his specific request," she claimed. ("I had done the unthinkable. I had publicly exposed him," she commented in retrospect.) The breakup with Locke opened the floodgates to investigative journalism about Eastwood. In July 1989, the National Enquirer reported the existence of a love child he fathered in 1964, and in February 1990, the Star tabloid became the first publication to link Eastwood's name with Jacelyn Reeves--who, it turns out, was the mother of two of his unmentionable offspring. Reputable news outlets wouldn't touch this information for years after. When Locke's memoirs were published in 1997, she was shut out of most venues to promote the book. "Sadly, it was well suppressed by Clint and WB. [...] I was sad that it did not get the attention I feel it deserved," she said in 2013. "Clint: The Life and Legend," a deeply unflattering biography by film historian Patrick McGilligan, was published in Great Britain in 1999, but did not make its way to the United States until 2002, having bounced around publishers for three years amid rumored threats from Eastwood's attorneys. Los Angeles Times critic Allen Barra called it "perhaps the most thoroughly demythologizing book yet written on modern Hollywood." On Christmas Eve 2002, Eastwood's lawyer Marshall Grossman filed a $10 million libel suit against McGilligan and St. Martin's Press in San Jose, California. Strangely enough, out of all the sordid stories in the book, the libel claim only covered three points, according to news reports: (1) That Eastwood once punched his first wife Maggie Johnson in the face; (2) That Eastwood is an atheist; (3) That Eastwood used a romantic relationship with an officer's daughter in order to avoid being sent overseas during the Korean War. The suit was settled in 2004 without any public disclosure; McGilligan and the publisher admitted no wrongdoing and there was no penalty. A revised and updated version of "Clint" was published in 2015, with most of the original content intact. The three cited passages had been excised, and a few other modifications amounting to less than two pages were made. McGilligan says many of things he reported in the first edition are now taken for granted, and one of the reasons Eastwood sued him was an obvious attempt to find out his sources.
His net worth was estimated at $375 million prior to his 2014 divorce from Dina Eastwood. No terms of financial settlement were revealed in the divorce decree, so it's unclear where his personal fortune currently stands.
A bachelor again at age 84, he's been seen in the company of photographer Erica Tomlinson-Fisher and restaurant hostess Christina Sandera in recent times, and has reportedly bought homes for both women.
Had hair transplants in the mid-1980s. After the surgery when his head was wrapped in white bandages, he said he'd been in a bicycle accident.
Was asked for permission about his name being used for Marty (Michael J. Fox) in Back to the Future Part III (1990). He consented and was said to be tickled by the homage.
Eastwood was the de-facto producer of Ratboy (1986) and had creative control over the project, so Sondra Locke had to show the script to him after she and Gordon Anderson made revisions. Eastwood sat up in bed one night reading the new draft, while Locke sat next to him, watching him warily. Yet he seemed to be enjoying it, laughing as he read and scribbling in the margins. The next day, Locke arrived at the Malpaso offices first and told the movie's credited producer Fritz Manes not to worry, Clint loved the changes. Eastwood came in the door about noontime because he never came in early. According to Manes, "He was purple...I've never seen him so fucking mad. He takes this thing and he throws it so hard it almost broke the window behind me. He said, 'I'm closing this thing down. How could you let her do this?'. I said, 'I thought you knew.' He said, 'Well, you don't have to worry about this piece of shit anymore. I'm going out and telling Warners to shut the production down.'" Clint went to the outer office and grabbed Sondra and they went off somewhere and had a huge explosion. Manes went over to the floor and picked up the script. "It had FUCK - COCKSUCKER - SHIT - across every page," said Manes. "Every page had some awful thing on it like some lunatic had scribbled all over it!" Production ultimately went ahead, but Locke had to abandon Anderson's script and all the new characters and details he had created. Sondra cites the Ratboy (1986) fiasco as "the beginning of the end" of her relationship with Clint, and declared in hindsight that "obviously whatever control issues he had over my directing were fueled by the hidden birth of a son." (Although she didn't know it at the time, Eastwood had just become the father of Scott Clinton Reeves, born in Monterey, 350 miles away).
While promoting the reality series Mrs. Eastwood & Company (2012) on E!, Clint's then-wife Dina Eastwood told Chelsea Handler: "I hope we're still married when this is over!". Two weeks after the show premiered, Clint and Dina separated.
Known to be passive-aggressive in private life, communicating only by gesture, inference, and what isn't said or done.
Went to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2013 and 2015.
After being contacted by Sondra Locke in 1994, feminist activist Gloria Steinem said she would orchestrate a nationwide campaign to ban Clint Eastwood films. However, there was no ban on Clint's movies, and no explanation of why not.
Although Clint implies that he grew up poor by frequently dropping references to the Great Depression, actually his family lived in a very wealthy part of town, had a swimming pool, belonged to the country club, and each parent drove their own car.
His mother Ruth Wood often brought her own bedsheets when she visited overnight at Clint's.
With the exception his cameo as Silvana Mangano's husband in the obscure Italian film The Witches (1967), Space Cowboys (2000) is the only time Eastwood has played a formally married man. His characters are usually single and meet their potential love interest (if any) during the course of the movie. Other times he's played divorcées (Tightrope (1984), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), The Rookie (1990)), widowers (Dirty Harry (1971), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Gran Torino (2008), Trouble with the Curve (2012)) or men who are separated from their wives (True Crime (1999)) but never actually married.
Biographer Patrick McGilligan affirms that "the people who know Clint best suspect there are other families in his closet" in addition to his verified children, editorializing "If Kimber Tunis was kept secret for twenty-five years, and the Washington woman for forty, might there not be others?".
To date, 24 of the 46 films Eastwood has starred in depict violence against women. He's made 16 films in which a female character is killed, 12 films depicting rape or attempted rape, and 11 films showing a female character battered.
According to the unpublished manuscript "Take Ten" by Ria Brown, Anita Lhoest at one point became pregnant with Clint's child, but went ahead and had an abortion.
Of his 8 or more children, the only one who lived with him growing up is daughter Morgan Eastwood, born when Clint was 66.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the mothers of Eastwood's children told biographer Patrick McGilligan: "There is no guilt with Clint. Anything that vaguely resembles guilt is channeled into anger. His anger is always intended to prove people wrong, or prove their behavior bad. And if people are wrong or bad, there is nothing for him to feel guilty about.".
Modeled sweaters in a 1972 Playboy layout with a bottomless Susan Blakely.
Although they never married, it cost him almost as much to get Sondra Locke out of his life ($20 million) as it did to divorce his first wife ($25 million).
In general, he wraps films early and uses the actors' first takes. Most of his films are shot in the spring or summer and released around Christmastime.