Clint Eastwood is an American actor, producer, director, musician and political figure. He has acted, directed and produced over 50 films throughout his career. His successes have made him one of the richest Hollywood stars with a total earnings of $375 million.
Clint Eastwood Bio, Brief History
Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco to Clinton Eastwood Sr. (1906–1970) and Ruth Wood (née Runner; 1909–2006). His dad was a steelworker and migrant worker thus the family moved often. When they finally settled in Piedmont, California, he attended Oakland high school where the teachers encouraged him to take up roles in school plays. However, he turned a deaf ear and worked other jobs instead. Among these jobs included lifeguard, grocery clerk, golf caddy, forest firefighter and paper carrier.
Eastwood was drafted into the US Army in 1951 and was appointed as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. His swimming skills saved his life when a warplane he was flying in from Seattle to California crashed into the sea, he had to swim 5 km to the shore to save his life.
Eastwood’s debut acting was in the 1955 film “Revenge of the Creature” in an uncredited role. It took several other uncredited roles before Clint caught the attention of a Universal studio assistant. Eastwood would later meet Chuck Hill who with his connections to the entertainment industry helped land him an audition at the Universal studio. He eventually landed a role as Rowdy Yates in CBS series Rawhide in 1958 which became his breakthrough role.
Eastwood established himself as a movie star in Italy thanks to a role in the hugely successful western Italian-made movie “A Fistful of Dollars” (1967) where he played the character of “the man with no name”. The film grossed $14.5 million netting Eastwood a $15,000 paycheck.
Clint Eastwood would go on to reprise his role in the subsequent sequels: “For a Few More Dollars”, and “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”. Stardom achieved from these movies opened the floodgates of blockbuster roles.
After the Dollars Trilogy, Eastwood starred in American revisionist western “Hand Em High” (1968). He earned $400,000 and received 25% of the movie’s box office gross. 1968 war epic “Where Angels Dare” brought him $750,000.
His successes continued through the 1970’s and 1980’s with movies like “Every Which Way But Loose” (1978) which became his most commercially successful movie, grossing almost $300 million in 2016 money. Its sequel “Any Which Way You Can” was also successful. His 1992 movie “Unforgiven” grossed $102 million and brought him an Academy Award nomination for best actor.
The 2014 film “American Sniper” which he directed and produced grossed $349.4 million in the US. It was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture. As a musician, Eastwood has composed film scores for some of his movies.
Directing and Production
Following his success with the Dollar series, Eastwood launched his own production company Malpaso Productions in 1967. He made his directional debut with the film, “Play Misty for Me” (1971) which grossed $10.6 million establishing him as a successful director. Eastwood has earned more awards for directing than acting. He earned Oscar awards for best picture for his movies “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby” (2004).
His other directional roles include “Mystic River” (2003), “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006) which were both nominated for Oscars. Eastwood’s movies have grossed a combined $1.7 billion just domestically.
He was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial in 1994 for consistently producing high-quality pictures. In 2007, he was awarded the Italian Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Eastwood served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California from 1986-1988.
Clint Eastwood Net Worth, Other Ventures
Clint owns Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea, The Tehàma Golf Club and also has investments in Pebble Beach Golf Course, California. A certified pilot, Eastwood frequently flies his helicopter to work. With the combination of his earnings in films alongside other business ventures, his estimated networth is presently estimated at a whopping $375 million.
Clint Eastwood Relationships, Wife, and Children
Clint has been observed to have a history with lots of women which has produced six legally recognized children. He first tied the knot with Margaret Neville “Maggie” Johnson on December 19, 1953, in Pasadena. He met Maggie while she was still working as an auto part supplying company. In the same period he met Maggie, he was already in a serious relationship with another woman who suddenly became pregnant with his child. It is thus alleged that the child which was a daughter was given up for adoption.
After ten years of marriage, he was involved in an affair with a stunt woman and dancer “Roxanne Tunis” with whom he had his earliest verified child, a daughter Kimber Eastwood in 1964. At this time Clint and his legal wife Johnson were separated on trial but they came back together to try and make it work. This reunion produced two kids Kyle Eastwood (born May 19, 1968) and Alison Eastwood (born May 22, 1972). The pair finally separated in 1984.
After this separation, he started dating actress cum director, Sandra Lock in 1972; however, he was keeping various maintenance relationships with other women. This external affair produced two children, a son Scott Eastwood (born March 21, 1986) and daughter Kathryn Eastwood (February 2, 1988) with one of his mistresses Jacelyn Reeves, a stewardess. He also had another daughter, Francesca Eastwood, on August 7, 1993). As a result of the many affairs Clint was having while officially dating Lock, they both separated in early 1996 after series of court battles.
In the same year his marriage to Lock ended, he got engaged to Dina Ruiz. They got married on the 31st of March 1996 and had a daughter Morgan Eastwood (born December 12, 1996). As with past relationships and marriages Clint has been involved in, his marriage to Dina got dissolved in 2014. Dina filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences as well as the full custody of their 16-year-old daughter including spousal support.
In June 2017, the news about the death of veteran actor Clint set social media on fire. The news was initially reported by the hoax news site CNN(Chinese News Network). Obviously, the news site has no connection with the original Cable News Network(CNN). This name and logo were used in order to make the news seem more credible, but thank goodness it was fake news. As sad as it would have been to hear about the demise of an iconic movie star, fans can rest easy as their favourite vintage actor is still alive and well.