Clint Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, director, musician, and politician. He was born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, California. His breakthrough role was in the Western TV series Rawhide. He catapulted into mainstream international fame by playing tough characters in Sergio Leone’s Trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s. He also played an antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. For these, Eastwood became a cultural icon of masculinity.
Profile Summary of Clint Eastwood
- Full Name: Clinton Eastwood Jr.
- Date of birth: May 31, 1930
- Age: 89 years old
- Occupation: Actor, director, film producer, composer, businessman, politician
- Number of children: 8
- Mayor of Carmel California from 1986 to 1988
- Political Party: Libertarian (1997–after 1999, 2009–present)
- Other political affiliation: Independent (1974–1997), Republican (before 1952–1974)
How Old is Clint Eastwood?
Since Clint Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, he is currently 89 years of age. He will be celebrating his 90th birthday on May 31, .
What is Clint Eastwood’s Net Worth?
Clint Eastwood has become one of the most recognizable actors of all time. He has collaborated with an immense number of successful directors, producers, and actors in the film industry. It is estimated that Eastwood’s net worth is at $375 million.
Clint Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, to Clinton Sr. and Ruth Eastwood, in San Francisco, California. He has one younger sister, Jeanne. After traveling and looking for work throughout California during the Depression, his family settled in the Bay Area city of Piedmont. Eastwood attended Piedmont High School and then Oakland Technical High School. He graduated high school in 1949.
Eastwood worked odd jobs during and after high school. He became a hay baler, logger, truck driver and steel-furnace stoker. In 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed at Fort Ord on the Monterey Peninsula, where he served as a swimming instructor.
After his discharge from the military in 1953, Eastwood made his way down to Los Angeles, where he took classes at Los Angeles City College and worked at a gas station. Due to his high stature and good looks, he landed a screen test with Universal and signed a contract despite minimal acting experience.
Clint Eastwood’s first roles were little parts in films like Revenge of the Creature and Francis in the Navy, both released in 1955.
Breakthrough and Acting
In 1958, Eastwood scored his big break with a major part in the TV Western Rawhide. He played Rowdy Yates, second in command to Eric Fleming’s trail boss, Eastwood slid seamlessly into the role of a hotheaded young cowboy. His character matured over the course of the program’s eight seasons, with Yates taking over as trail boss toward the end.
Eastwood’s greatest commercial successes have been the adventure comedy Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and its sequel, the action comedy Any Which Way You Can (1980), after adjustment for inflation. Other popular films include the Westerns Hang ‘Em High (1968), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), and Pale Rider (1985), the war films Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), and Heartbreak Ridge (1986), the action films Firefox (1982) and In the Line of Fire (1993), and the thrillers Play Misty for Me (1971) and Tightrope (1984). Eastwood also starred in the crime comedy film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), the prison film Escape from Alcatraz (1979), as well as the drama films The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and Gran Torino (2008).
Beginning with the thriller Play Misty for Me, Eastwood has directed over 30 films, including Westerns, action films, and dramas. He is one of few top Hollywood actors to have also become a critically and commercially successful director. Eastwood is known for his efficient film directing and ability to reduce filming time and control budgets. He usually avoids actors’ rehearsing and prefers to complete most scenes on the first take.
For his work in the Western film Unforgiven (1992) and the sports drama Million Dollar Baby (2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor.
Eastwood is an audiophile, a person who loves high-fidelity sound production, and owns an extensive collection of LPs which he plays on a Rockport turntable. He has had a strong passion for music all his life, particularly jazz and country and western music.
Eastwood composed the film scores of Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Grace Is Gone, Changeling, Hereafter, J. Edgar, and the original piano compositions for In the Line of Fire. He wrote and performed the song heard over the credits of Gran Torino and also co-wrote “Why Should I Care” with Linda Thompson and Carole Bayer Sager, a song recorded in 1999 by Diana Krall.
The music in Grace Is Gone received two Golden Globe nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 65th Golden Globe Awards. Eastwood was nominated for Best Original Score, while the song “Grace is Gone” with music by Eastwood and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager was nominated for Best Original Song. It won the Satellite Award for Best Song at the 12th Satellite Awards.
Changeling was nominated for Best Score at the 14th Critics’ Choice Awards, Best Original Score at the 66th Golden Globe Awards, and Best Music at the 35th Saturn Awards.
On September 22, 2007, Eastwood was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music at the Monterey Jazz Festival, on which he serves as an active board member. Upon receiving the award he gave a speech and said, “It’s one of the great honors I’ll cherish in this lifetime.”
Eastwood won election as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California in April 1986 which he served for two years. Eastwood is a former Republican and has long shown an interest in California politics. He is currently a registered Libertarian.
Clint Eastwood’s personal life has been publicized for his unconventional love life. He met his wife Maggie Johnson on a blind date in spring 1953. Their relationship resulted in a daughter named Laurie (1954). While married to Johnson, Eastwood had an affair with a stuntwoman Roxanne Tunis which produced a daughter named Kimber (1964). He had another two children with Johnson named Kyle (1968) and Alison (1972).
In an unpublicized affair, Eastwood sired two legally fatherless children, Scott (born 1986) and Kathryn (born 1988) with Jacelyn Reeves, a flight attendant. In the 1990s, Eastwood had a relationship with actress Frances Fisher that produced a daughter, Francesca (born 1993).
Eastwood was married for the second time to news anchor Dina Ruiz in 1996, who gave birth to their daughter Morgan that same year.
Quotes by Clint Eastwood
- “Tomorrow is promised to no one.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “They say all marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “I tried being reasonable, but I didn’t like it.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “Let’s not go and ruin it by thinking too much.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” ― Clint Eastwood
- “Extremism is so easy. You’ve got your position, and that’s it. It doesn’t take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left. ― Clint Eastwood
- “Maybe I`m getting to the age when I`m starting to be senile or nostalgic or both, but people are so angry now. You used to be able to disagree with people and still be friends. Now you hear these talk shows, and everyone who believes differently from you is a moron and an idiot – both on the Right and the Left.” ― Clint Eastwood