Best known for his movie roles as cowboys and cops, the audience first met the tall, silent, handsome Clint Eastwood on the small screen when he played cowboy rowdy Yates on the hit western television series “Rawhide”.
From there, he was the unfathomable “Man Without a Name” who blinked under the sun in Sergio Leone’s western films, and the sinister San Francisco detective in “Dirty Harry” films who posed the famous challenge, “Go ahead, do mine Day.”
With the haunting “Play Misty for Me,” Eastwood first demonstrated that his talent for directing is as abundant as he is for acting. Two of its four Oscars are awards for best director – for “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” – and the other two Oscars are awards for best picture won by the same films. As a director, he’s known for sticking to budget and often finishing ahead of schedule. Actors say they enjoy working with Eastwood for his low key and supportive style. “He respects the actor” Morgan Freeman said. He’s also known for filming minimal takes – a take or two, “if you’re lucky,” actors Tim Robbins said of the director.
With decades of work behind him and no sign of slowing down – the nonagenarian is still acting –Forklift Take a look at the accomplishments and events of Eastwood’s life and make a list of 25 facts you may not know. To compile the list, Stacker consulted newspaper and magazine articles, biographies, film archives, footage and reviews, and fan websites.
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