“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, 1990’s)
Clinton “Clint” Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is among the most legendary of American film actors, whose unbridled success also allowed him to parlay his experience into directing, producing, composing, and politics. Eastwood first came to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series “Rawhide” (1959–1965). He rose to fame for playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy of spaghetti westerns (“A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More, and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly“) during the late 1960s, and as Harry Callahan in the “Dirty Harry” films (“Dirty Harry”, “Magnum Force”, “The Enforcer”, “Sudden Impact”, and “The Dead Pool“) throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, based on how they portrayed American life at different times, have made him an enduring cultural icon and beloved American patriot.
One interesting story few know about Eastwood is that in 1950, Eastwood engaged in a one-year stint as a lifeguard for the United States Army during the Korean War and was posted to Fort Ord in California. While on leave in 1951, Eastwood was a passenger on board a Douglas AD bomber that ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes. After escaping from the sinking aircraft he and the pilot swam 5 km to safety.
Besides those films already mentioned and are ostensibly those which Eastwood is best known for, his work in the films “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004) won Academy Awards for Best Director and Producer of the Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor. Since 1967, Eastwood has run his own production company, Malpaso, which has produced all except four of his American films. He also served as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, from 1986 to 1988, and though his later years see him requiring glasses (which suit him quite nicely), he also has many years of perfect sight behind him, where all he needed were great sunglasses, like the Ray-Ban RB4089 Balorama.