Clint Eastwood and His Place in Hollywood

Clint Eastwood (born Clinton Eastwood Jr.) is one of the greatest Hollywood artists ever. With hundreds of movies as both a cast member and as a director, his career, which spans for more than 5 decades, is something that is plain and simple hard to top. Not only did he make movies that made him a star, but he created ones that made other stars shine as well. What makes him a cut above most of his peers in Hollywood?

Eastwood, a former member of the US Army, got his first break when he’s able to secure a contract from Universal Studios in 1954 which paid him 100 dollars per week. His very weaknesses then, his stiffness, the hissing on his voice, and his squinting, actually ended up being his signature characteristics. At first, he was first content in playing extras and villains. But he got his first break in the limelight as a supporting actor in Rowdy Yates’s Rawhide in 1958. It was also during this same show where he got his first try at directing, which would become a lifelong passion as well for him.

His first big chance is being recruited as a star in the “A Fistful of Dollars” trilogy. This movie challenged the convention of Western movies, and was critically acclaimed right from the start. This eventually evolved to become a trilogy, eventually being sold for more than 6.6 million dollars to United Artists. But this is only the beginning of Eastwood’s success, as the start of the 1970s saw the rise of the Dirty Harry series, one of his signature movies. In a pioneering move, Eastwood ran his own production company, Malpaso, which produced nearly all of the movies he played or directed. Up to this day, he’s still starring in movies, with the more recent ones including Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino.

Equally amazing as his acting career is his directing career. Eastwood has directed all kinds of movies since making his debut in directing Play Misty for Me in 1971. He’s made a name for himself in directing, one of the rare ones that actually achieved success for him both as an actor and as a director. He’s only one of the 3 living directors to actually get 2 Best Pictures as a director in the Academy Awards. In addition for his work in Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), he’s only one of 2 actors/directors (along with Warren Beatty) to be nominated for both Best Actor and Best Director in the same movie. What’s more, his movies are critically acclaimed by movie analysts and scholars alike for his dabbling with ethical values in his movies.

Clint Eastwood is one of those Hollywood icons considered to be no less than a legend. He has earned it with consistently strong performances stretching for more than half a century. Only a few actors achieved success both as an actor and as a director, and he is one of the select few to do it. That serves as a punctuation mark for his greatness.



  1. Kent Sezen says:

    I grew up in the same area Clint Eastwood lived in. I often saw him on the streets or in some store. As a kid, I knew he was suppose to be famous, but I saw him so often that I thought of him more as a popular person than someone famous; if that makes any sense. Then as a young adult, he was the bane to my night clubbing experience. My buddies and I would often hit the same spots as Clint. Whenever he came in, any hopes of meeting a girl would vanish. When Clint arrived, we left. Then a few years later, I got a job with a Design Build firm in Carmell and Clint was the companies main client. In fact my office moved onto Clint’s property in Carmel Valley. It felt like I was working for Clint. He was always showing up at my office, not to talk to me, but to chum with my boss. I would often peak into his Mercedes and see Miles Davis CD’s laying about. Heck I even went out with his current wife, before she was his current wife. If only I had asked Dina out one more time, then she would probably be stuck with me and a bunch of kids. She owes me for not calling her again. Bottom line is that Clint is quiet. Clint is tall. Clint knows my face, but doesn’t have a clue what I did for him. I was his structural engineer for many years.

  2. i have watched every movie Clint Eastwood made since i was a little girl i grew up and he was my idol then and now i have pictures in frames in my house of the greatest man i wish i had the chance to meet him but im glad to see that he has a page for us to share i wish he would write back i would love to buy his everymovie made but money is tight and i might someday everytime a movie of his come on i watch it just want you to know Mr Sastwood i am one of your favorite fans from Phila Pa and if you ever come up this way my door is open to you much love and thank you for all you have done for the movie industry love from a fan in Phila jill

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