Clint Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930. He is one of the living legends of Hollywood, having starred in many blockbuster and critically acclaimed films through more than 50 years of work in the industry.
Eastwood first garnered attention for his role in the TV series Rawhide in the early 1960s. But it was in movies like “A Fistful of Dollars (1964), “For a Few Dollars More” (1965) and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) that he became an international movie star. This was followed by other classics like Where Eagles Dare (1968) and Hang ‘Em High (1968).
The 1970s saw him direct his first film Play Misty for Me (1971). In the same year he played the lead role in “Dirty Harry”, a huge hit which would lead to several sequels.
After starring in several more hit films in the 1980s, Eastwood won an Oscar for Best Director in his 1992 film Unforgiven. He also starred in the successful film Bridges of Madison County (1995) with Meryl Streep. His 2004 film Million Dollar Baby (2004) earned Eastwood another Oscar Best Director award. The film also won Best Picture.
Clint Eastwood Charity Works
Eastwood supports the Artists for Peace and Justice charitable group as well as the Best Friends Animal Society, Image of Change, City of Hope and Best Buddies International. He is also a staunch supporter of causes that relate to animal welfare, support for the mentally challenged, AIDS and cancer research.
Eastwood voted for Dwight D. Eisenhower during the 1952 elections. In interviews Eastwood calls himself a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. In 2002, he supported the bid of Democrat Representative Sam Farr, owing to his environmentalist stance. Eastwood also endorsed the candidacy of Gray Davis for the California Governorship in 2003.
Eastwood is an advocate of small government, with minimal interference in private businesses and the economy. He is also in favor of a government that would boost education so citizens would be less reliant on welfare.
He has also expressed approval for bailouts of homeowners struggling with high mortgages. Eastwood is also in favor of unemployment insurance and support for the American auto industry.
Eastwood is also a supporter of raising education level standards, alternative energy, environmental conservation and moderate gun control. Eastwood is also in favor of laws permitting gays to marry and a staunch advocate of civil rights.
Eastwood served one term as Mayor of Carmel-by-the Sea in 1986. In 2001, he was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to the California State Park and Recreation Commission. Eastwood was reappointed as vice chairman of the Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004.
One of Eastwood’s most significant acts was to oppose the construction of a six-lane toll road. His opposition stemmed from the fact it would slice into the San Onofre State Beach, one of the most prestigious beaches in the state.
Clint Eastwood’s last film was Gran Torino in 2008. He has stated he will now focus more on directing than acting.