Clinton Eastwood, Jr.

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With wife Dina, greeting veterans before the 79th Academy Awards, 26 February 2007

Born: 31 May 1930, San Francisco, California

Eastwood's father was a steelworker and his mother a factory worker, the family moved often during Eastwood's early years. He graduated form Oakland Technical Hich School in 1949. He worked in a pulp mill, pumped gas, served as a fireman, and played ragtime piano in an Oakland bar. Drafted into the Army during the Korean War, he was on a military flight that crashed in Drake's Bay, north of San Francisco, and remained stateside to testify at the investigation when the rest of his unit went to Korea. He acted in a number of "B" movies in the mid 'fifties and was considering giving it up when he was cast as Rowdy Yates in the TV series Rawhide, which ran from 1959 to 1966. He landed the role of "the man with no name" in Sergio Leone's trilogy of "spaghetti westerns", followed by several other western films. His sole musical outing was Paint your Wagon in 1969. His most memorable portrayal may be "Dirty Harry" Callahan, five films between 1971 and 1988. He directed Play Misty for Me in 1971 and has directed about half of the films he has been involved with since then. In two cases he was nominated for Best Actor and won both Best Director and Best Picture; Unforgiven in 1992 and Million Dollar Baby in 2004. Five actors won Best Actor Oscars for roles in films he directed. He received France's Légion d'honneur in 2007. The same year he was given an honorary Doctor of Music degree by the Beklee College of Music in recognition of his composition and piano performance.

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