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article imageOp-Ed: Clint Eastwood is 80, as tough as he has ever been

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 2, 2010 in Entertainment
Carmel - No other Hollywood star equals this man, who has been an actor, director, producer and composer, in talent, versatility, popularity, creativity and in the size of his awards collection.
Clint Eastwood just turned 80 on May 31. He has been a rough gunfighter for hire, a tough cop and a hero of many battles. He has also been a very gifted composer and the director of great movies such as Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River. Eastwood has won 4 Oscars, 109 other awards, and has received another 71 nominations.
Before becoming a Hollywood star, Eastwood worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, was drafted to military service in the US Army, quit his studies in music and economics and moved to Los Angeles at age 25. There, he was a manager at an apartment building in Beverly Hills by day, and worked at a Signal Oil gas station at night. He also made a living by working in the construction of swimming pools.
In 1954 he became interested in Hollywood and the movies. Some of his initial auditions were not successful. Eastwood was initially criticised for his speech and cumbersome manners; he was soft-spoken and his acting was considered cold, stiff, and awkward.
By 1959, he landed a role in the CBS series Rawhide which run for eight seasons until 1966. Rawhide was extremely tough work for Eastwood. The filming often went on for 12 hours a day, six days a week.
In 1963 he received an offer to work on a series of Italian westerns to be shot at a remote location in Spain by Sergio Leone, a lesser known director at the time. Because there was not much money in it, the job had been rejected by several other actors (Eric Fleming, Charles Bronson, Steve Reeves, Richard Harrison, Henry Fonda and James Coburn, among others). Leone was not impressed by Eastwood’s acting abilities. At one point he commented: “Eastwood at the time only had two facial expressions: one with the hat, and one without it.”
A wax figure of  Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western films playing  The Man With No Name .
A wax figure of Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western films playing "The Man With No Name".
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In most of his earlier films, Eastwood doesn’t say much. He developed an image of a gruff, laconic man, who did not even have a name (Uomo senza nome, Italian for “man with no name”), but who was as quick in his temper as with his gun. His Italian made “Dollar trilogy” made him famous. A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), all directed by Sergio Leone, converted the man with no name, also known as “Mr. Nobody”, in the 43rd greatest movie character of all time (Empire Magazine, 2008).
Later on he would gain acclaim for playing some of the coolest cops in cinema history. The phrase he utters in the movie Sudden Impact as Harry Callahan, with clenched teeth and his distinctive grumble, "Go ahead, make my day" is remembered as one of the most famous movie quotes along with "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" said by Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in “Gone with the wind”.
Eastwood has been married twice, in 1953 to Maggie Johnson for 14 years, and later on in 1996 to Dina Ruiz, a news anchor-woman for KSBW-TV; however he had several additional long and short relationships in between. In 1986, Eastwood ventured into politics as one-term mayor of Carmel by the Sea, in the Monterey Peninsula, California .
Clint Eastwood expresses his thanks to the men and women of the armed forces at the 79th Academy Awa...
Clint Eastwood expresses his thanks to the men and women of the armed forces at the 79th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2007.
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One of Eastwood’s most financially successful films has been Million Dollar Baby. The movie had a budget of about 30 million, was shot in 37 days and became a box-office hit both domestically and internationally. The film played for six and a half months in theatres around the world and grossed close to US$217 millions. In the 2004 Academy Awards, the movie was nominated for 7 Oscars and won 4, including Best Picture and Best Director. He also received the Golden Globe award for Best Director. Additionally, Eastwood composed the music of the movie and received an Oscar for Best Original Score. Film critic Roger Ebert gave this movie four stars and said: “Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby is a masterpiece, pure and simple, deep and true.”
And that’s exactly what it is: a true masterpiece.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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