Legends of the Silver Screen

Episode 8

Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood
Go ahead. Make my day." Clint Eastwood made the line famous in "Sudden Impact" (1983), a film he starred in, directed and produced. In his remarkable career, Eastwood has achieved a level of prestige that few in Hollywood can match. Highlights from films such as "Unforgiven" (1992), "Dirty Harry" (1971) and "Mystic River" (2003), as well as home movies, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Eastwood, his family and contemporaries, such as Quincy Jones, Tim Robbins, Don Rickles, and Laurence Fishburne, chronicle the life of actor, director, producer, musician, innkeeper, clothing manufacturer, golfer, and former mayor of Carmel, CA, Clint Eastwood. Born on May 31, 1930, Clinton Eastwood Jr. was quickly uprooted from his birthplace of San Francisco as his father, Clinton Sr. desperately sought work during the Great Depression. In 1940, the Eastwoods settled in Piedmont, California, where Clint worked countless part-time jobs to help support his family. A handsome 6'4" teenager, he developed a passion for cars and jazz. In 1951, 20-year-old Eastwood was drafted into the Korean War and sent to basic training in Fort Ord, California. After befriending an actor at the Army base, Eastwood made the decision to explore the unique profession. In 1954, with a new wife in tow, Eastwood tested and signed a contract with Universal, who saw promise in the actor's rugged good looks. After a lackluster beginning, however, Eastwood made the move to CBS in 1959, where he landed the second lead role in the successful western, "Rawhide." During hiatus and after the cancellation of "Rawhide," Eastwood traveled to Italy to star in director Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns," among them the heralded "Fistful of Dollars" (1964) and "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" (1966). After returning to the States, forming his own production company and fathering two children with his wife Maggie, Eastwood secured a role in "Coogan's Bluff" (1968), directed by Don Siegel, who became a lifelomoreless

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