Morale Building Quotes from Clint Eastwood:
“Respect yourself, respect your efforts. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both under your belt, that’s real power.”
“It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power, that you have over other people’s lives.”
“Man becomes his most creative during war.”
“I tried being reasonable. I didn’t like it.”
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 (1965) and The Good the Bad and the Ugly (1966). 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—which also includes a music label—and continued to work in the western genre with Hang ‘Em High (1968). 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 (1968), High Plains Drifter (1973), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) and Pale Rider (1985).
In 1971, Eastwood directed his first film, the thriller Play Misty For Me (1971), and also appeared in the leading role. His next important project, and one of his most famous, was a series of violent action movies portraying Harry Callahan, a contentious San Francisco cop. The Dirty Harry series proved immensely popular with the public and included five films over a period of 17 years, including Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988).
During this period, Eastwood also took detours into comedic roles, appearing in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (alongside Jeff Bridges) and Every Which Way but Loose (alongside an orangutan), and, in a more serious and notable appearance, starred as real-life escapee Frank Lee Morris in Escape from Alcatraz (1979).
Eastwood indulged his love of jazz music in when he went on to direct the Charlie Parker biopic Bird (1988), for which he won wide critical acclaim. He also earned accolades for directing and producing the 1992 western Unforgiven, which won the Academy Award for best picture and earned Eastwood the Oscar for best director. Eastwood starred in the film as aging gunslinger William Munny. The following year, he directed and starred in A Perfect World, and went on to star in and direct 1995’s The Bridges of Madison County (with Meryl Streep) and 1997’s Absolute Power. He directed (but did not appear in) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997); and produced, directed and starred in the 1999 thriller True Crime.
August of 2000 saw the release of yet another directorial and acting project for Eastwood, Space Cowboys, with co-stars James Garner, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones. He then directed the haunting and award-winning Mystic River, starring Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, which was released in 2003. That same year, Eastwood received the Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles. Two years later, Eastwood won both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe (best director) for his work on the film Million Dollar Baby, starring Hilary Swank and Eastwood. The picture also won the Oscar for best picture.
In 2006, Eastwood directed two World War II dramas, Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. These companion films viewed the conflict from two distinctly different perspectives: Flags of Our Fathers explored the American side, telling the story of one man’s efforts to learn more about his father’s involvement in the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima—a moment captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph. The film featured a number of young Hollywood actors, including Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford and Paul Walker. Truly multitalented, Eastwood even wrote some of the music for the film.
Drawing from correspondence found on that island battlefield, Letters from Iwo Jima looks at the experiences of Japanese soldiers during World War II. While both films earned wide praise, Letters from Iwo Jima garnered four Academy Award nominations, including for best picture, and Eastwood earned his fourth Oscar nomination for best director.
Next for Eastwood was the 2008 family dramatic thriller Changeling, which stars Angelina Jolie as a mother of a kidnapped child. Jolie’s character in the film—which is based on a true story—suspects that the child who is eventually returned to her is not, in fact, her son. Several widely acclaimed directorial projects followed, including 2008’s Gran Torino (in which Eastwood also stars) 2009’s Invictus (starring Matt Damon, and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela) and 2011’s J. Edgar, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio as the controversial former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
2014 saw the release of two more films directed by Eastwood. Adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, Jersey Boys followed the rise to fame of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. And the controversial drama American Sniper, which earned an Oscar nomination for best picture, depicts the career and family life of Navy SEAL operative Chris Kyle.
Outside of his highly successful Hollywood career, Eastwood has tried his hand at politics as well. In 1986 he was elected mayor of Carmel, California, and served two years. (Eastwood also owns the restaurant the Hog’s Breath Inn and the Tehàma Golf Club in Carmel.)
Eastwood is also known for being a big supporter of the Republican Party, and made headlines when he spoke at the Republican National Convention in August 2012. His speech garnered attention for its unusual format: During his narrative, Eastwood spoke to an empty chair, which seemed to be used to represent President Barack Obama. When speaking about the president during his speech, Eastwood frequently addressed the chair: “I think it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem. When someone does not do the job, you have got to let them go,” said the 82-year-old Eastwood, a supporter of the Republican Party’s presidential candidate for the 2012 election, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (Eastwood endorsed Romney in an earlier speech).
At one point during his convention speech, Eastwood pretended that the chair, or Barack Obama, was speaking to him: “What do you want me to tell Romney?” he asked the chair, “I can’t tell him to do that. I can’t tell him to do that to himself.” Eastwood’s strange speech spurred several news reports, as well as much public discussion via social-network websites.
Eastwood has been married only twice, but has had a number of relationships and fathered several children out of wedlock. He was married to Maggie Johnson between 1953 and 1980. They had two children, Kyle (1968) and Alison (1972). While married to Johnson, he had a child by Roxanne Tunis: Kimber Eastwood (1964).
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 (1986) and Kathryn (1988). He and actress Frances Fisher had a daughter, Francesca Ruth, born in 1993, and in 1996 Eastwood married Dina Ruiz, a TV newscaster. They had a daughter, Morgan, that December. In December 2014, after 18 years together, Eastwood and Ruiz divorced.
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