Actor, director and producer Clint Eastwood was born Clinton Eastwood Jr. on May 31, 1930, to Clinton Sr. and Ruth Eastwood, in San Francisco, California. He has one older sister, Jean. After traveling and looking for work throughout California during the Depression, the family settled in Oakland, where Eastwood graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1948.
Eastwood worked odd jobs around this time, including as a hay baler, logger, truck driver and steel-furnace stoker. In 1950, he was called to military duty with the Army Special Services, based at Fort Ord in Monterey, California. While in the Army, Eastwood met actors David Janssen and Martin Milner, who convinced him to move to Los Angeles in 1954 after he finished his military duty. Eastwood took a screen test and signed a contract with Universal for seventy-five dollars a week. His first roles were bit parts in the science fiction films Revenge of the Creature and Tarantula, both released in 1955. Eastwood’s rugged looks later landed him the role of Rowdy Yates on the CBS TV series Rawhide (1959), which ran for eight seasons.
In 1964, Eastwood traveled to Italy to star in a trio of westerns directed by Sergio Leone. The role Eastwood took, the cool, laconic “Man with No Name”, had been turned down by James Coburn and Charles Bronson. The trio of films included 1964’s A Fistful Of Dollars (a remake of the Akira Kurosawa
classic Yojimbo), For a Few Dollars More and The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Nicknamed “spaghetti westerns” due to their Italian production, these films gained worldwide popularity, and Eastwood became internationally known.
Back in the United States, Eastwood set up his own production company, Malpaso and continued to work in the western genre with Hang ‘Em High. Though he would quickly branch out into other genres and filmmaking roles, over the coming decades Eastwood would be involved with numerous popular westerns, including Hang ‘Em High, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales and Pale Rider.
Beginning in 1975, Eastwood became romantically involved with co-star Sondra Locke, a relationship that ended bitterly with a palimony suit in 1989. He is the father of two children by Jacelyn Reeves: Scott and Kathryn. He and actress Frances Fisher had a daughter, Francesca Ruth, born in 1993, and in 1996 Eastwood married Dina Ruiz, a TV newscaster.
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