46 Facts About Clint Eastwood

1. Clint Eastwood worked on "Million Dollar Baby" and "American Sniper" with little fanfare, and then when holiday season came around, "Million.

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2. Clint Eastwood was drafted into the Army in 1951, during the Korean War.

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3. Clint Eastwood built his career on classic westerns, and Unforgiven seems to be his last word on the subject.

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4. Clint Eastwood was drafted into the Army in 1950 during the Korean War and served as swimming instructor in Fort Ord, California.

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5. Clint Eastwood owns an extensive collection of LPs, which he plays on a Rockport turntable.

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6. On September 22, 2007, Clint 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.

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7. Clint Eastwood has long shown an interest in politics and is a registered Libertarian.

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8. Clint Eastwood owns the Tehama Golf Club, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, and is an investor in the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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9. In 1975, Clint Eastwood publicly proclaimed his participation in Transcendental Meditation when he appeared on The Merv Griffin Show with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation.

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10. Clint Eastwood eventually sold the pub and now owns the Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant, located in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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11. In 1973, Clint Eastwood told the late film critic Gene Siskel, "No, I don't believe in God.

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12. Clint Eastwood sold the pub and now owns the Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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13. Clint Eastwood had two children with stewardess Jacelyn Reeves in the 1980s.

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14. Clint Eastwood has contributed music to his films, either through performing, writing, or composing.

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15. Clint Eastwood won the Golden Pine lifetime achievement award at the 2013 International Samobor Film Music Festival, along with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Gerald Fried.

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16. On July 22, 2009, Clint Eastwood was honored by Emperor Akihito of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, 3rd class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contributions to the enhancement of Japan–United States relations.

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17. In February 2010, Clint Eastwood was recognized by President Barack Obama with an arts and humanities award.

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18. In early 2007, Clint Eastwood was presented with the highest civilian distinction in France, Legion d'honneur, at a ceremony in Paris.

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19. In preparation for filming Clint Eastwood rarely uses storyboards for developing the layout of a shooting schedule.

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20. In response to the criticism, Clint Eastwood stated, "I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr Obama.

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21. In 2010, Clint Eastwood directed Hereafter, again working with Matt Damon, who portrayed a psychic.

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22. Clint Eastwood ended a four-year "self-imposed acting hiatus" by appearing in Gran Torino, which he directed, produced and partly scored with his son Kyle and Jamie Cullum.

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23. At age 74 Clint Eastwood became the oldest of eighteen directors to have directed two or more Best Picture winners.

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24. In 2002, Clint Eastwood played an ex-FBI agent chasing a sadistic killer in the thriller Blood Work, loosely based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Michael Connelly.

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25. In 1997, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in the political thriller Absolute Power, alongside Gene Hackman.

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26. Clint Eastwood directed and starred in White Hunter Black Heart, an adaptation of Peter Viertel's roman a clef, about John Huston and the making of the classic film The African Queen.

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27. Clint Eastwood starred in The Dead Pool, the fifth and final film in the Dirty Harry series.

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28. Clint Eastwood made his only foray into TV direction with the 1985 Amazing Stories episode Vanessa in the Garden, which starred Harvey Keitel and Locke.

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29. In the same year Clint Eastwood directed, produced, and starred in the Cold War-themed Firefox.

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30. In 1982, Clint Eastwood directed and starred in Honkytonk Man, based on the eponymous Clancy Carlile's depression-era novel.

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31. In 1980, Clint Eastwood directed and played the title role in Bronco Billy alongside Locke, Scatman Crothers, and Sam Bottoms.

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32. Clint Eastwood starred in Escape from Alcatraz in 1979, the last of his films directed by Siegel.

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33. Clint Eastwood plays Jonathan Hemlock in a role originally intended for Paul Newman, an assassin turned college art professor who decides to return to his former profession for one last "sanction" in return for a rare Pissarro painting.

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34. Clint Eastwood reportedly fumed at the lack of Academy Award recognition for him and swore that he would never work for United Artists again.

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35. In 1973, Clint Eastwood directed his first western, High Plains Drifter, in which he starred.

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36. Clint Eastwood was paid $750,000 in 1968 for the war epic Where Eagles Dare, about a World War II squad parachuting into a Gestapo stronghold in the alpine mountains.

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37. In January 1966, Clint Eastwood met producer Dino De Laurentiis in New York City and agreed to star in a non-Western five-part anthology production named Le Streghe opposite De Laurentiis' wife, actress Silvana Mangano.

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38. Clint Eastwood thought the film would be an opportunity to escape from his Rawhide image.

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39. In the show's first season Clint Eastwood earned $750 an episode.

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40. In 1958, Clint Eastwood was cast as Rowdy Yates for the CBS hour-long western series Rawhide, the breakthrough in his career he had long been searching for.

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41. In 1957, Clint Eastwood played a cadet in West Point series and a suicidal gold prospector on Death Valley Days.

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42. In May 1955, Clint Eastwood put four hours' work into the film Never Say Goodbye and had a minor uncredited role as a ranch hand in August 1955 with Law Man, known as Star in the Dust.

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43. In May 1954, Clint Eastwood made his first real audition for Six Bridges to Cross but was rejected by Joseph Pevney.

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44. Clint Eastwood has said that he tried to enroll at Seattle University in 1951 but instead was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War.

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45. Contrary to what Clint Eastwood has indicated in media interviews, they did not move at all between 1940 and 1949.

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46. Clint Eastwood has been awarded two of France's highest honors: in 1994 he became a recipient of the Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2007 he was awarded the Legion of Honour medal.

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