Who’s Clint Eastwood?
Clint Eastwood is a $375 million actor, director, producer, and politician. After “Rawhide,” he soared to international renown as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western trilogy and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five “Dirty Harry” films in the 1970s and 1980s. These early roles made Eastwood a cultural icon of machismo and a legendary performer.
Born in San Francisco on May 31, 1930. Nurses called him Samson since he weighed 11 pounds 6 ounces at birth. His family relocated often in the 1930s for his dad’s West Coast jobs. In the 1940s, the family moved to Piedmont, California. The Eastwoods had a pool, country club membership, and multiple cars. Poor grades forced Clint to repeat middle school.
Piedmont High School expelled him for posting an obscene statement on the scoreboard and other violations. He transferred to Oakland Tech. Eastwood was a lifeguard, paperboy, grocery clerk, golf caddy, and firefighter after high school. He served in Korea. He was a lifeguard at Fort Ord, California.
Eastwood was blessed to meet Chuck Hill in the Army. Hill has links in the entertainment world and introduced Eastwood to filmmaker Arthur Libin. Eastwood’s looks impressed Libin. Libin spotted Eastwood’s promise and recommended an acting class. Eastwood listened and started auditioning. “Revenge of the Creature” was his debut role. First significant role: “Ginger Rogers” Eastwood landed a few minor roles, but his career took off in 1959 with “Rawhide.” The six-season show made Eastwood a western star.
In “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964), Eastwood played the Man With No Name. “For a Few More Dollars” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” included the character. The picture reestablished Eastwood as a western hero, and he later starred in “Hang em High,” “Paint Your Wagon,” and “Two Mules for Sister Sara.” He played Dirty Harry in 1971. The film’s 1970s police depiction generated a stir. The film’s portrayal of African Americans drew criticism. Despite initial criticism, “Dirty Harry” became a classic.
“Play Misty For Me” was Eastwood’s directorial debut. The movie depicted an obsessive relationship. The picture wasn’t commercially successful, but it demonstrated Eastwood was more than an actor. He later directed pictures. He won Oscars for “Unforgiven” (1992) and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004).
“Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can” were Eastwood’s biggest hits. “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “Escape from Alcatraz” are also popular. Fox, “Pale Rider,” “In the Line of Fire,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” and “Gran Torino”
“Mystic River” (2003), “Letter from Iwo Jima” (2006), “Changeling” (2008), “Invictus” (2009), and “American Sniper” (2014). Gene Hackman in “Unforgiven,” Tim Robbins and Sean Penn in “Mystic River,” Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank in “Million Dollar Baby”
Malpaso Productions has produced Eastwood’s American films since 1967. Eastwood was mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1986 until 1988.
Maggie Johnson was Eastwood’s first wife. He had an affair during that marriage, resulting in an adopted child. His 14-year affair with Roxanne Tunis produced Kimber in 1964. Apparently, Johnson allowed Eastwood’s open marriage. Eastman gave her two children. Both Kyle and Alison were born in 1968. 1984: They divorced.
Eastwood and Sondra Locke lived together in 1975. Eastwood had two children, Scott (1986) and Kathryn (1988), while dating Locke. Locke filed a palimony action against Eastwood in 1989. Clint arranged a development deal for Sondra at Warner Bros. Sondra sued Warner and Eastwood, saying the arrangement was a “sham” because the studio rejected all 30 projects she offered and never used her as a director. Francesca (1993) is Eastwood’s daughter with Frances Fisher.
Eastwood married Dina Ruiz in 1996. That year, she had Morgan. The couple split in 2013.
“Any Way But Loose” earned Eastwood $12 million. 1984’s “City Heat” earned him $5 million. “In the Line of Fire” earned Eastwood $7 million in 1993.
Eastwood’s California real estate portfolio includes a 15,000-square-foot estate in Carmel-by-the-Sea, a 6,136-square-foot property in Bel Air, and the 1,067-acre Rising River Ranch in Burney. He has a 1.5-acre beachside property in Maui and a 5,700-square-foot home in Idaho.
Pebble Beach Golf Links was sold by Lone Cypress Co. in the late 1990s. Peter Ueberroth, a former MLB commissioner, soon formed an investing firm. He called his neighbour and buddy Clint Eastwood first. Third was former United Airlines CEO Richard Ferris.
Each invested $20 million. 132 individual minority investors, including Arnold Palmer, contributed $2 to $10 million each.
Lone Cypress accepted their $820 million bid despite rivals’ $1 billion offer since they could close in 10 days. Clint’s popularity in Japan helped grease the palms. 1999: The deal finalised. Their investment tripled in 20 years.