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Also Known As: Clinton Eastwood Jr. Died:
Born: May 31, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: director, actor, producer, composer, piano player, steel-furnace stoker, gas pumper, steel worker, pool digger, forest firefighter, garbage man, delivery man, lumberjack, lifeguard, politician

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ion. But it was the companion film, "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006), which was shot on the heels of its predecessor and focused the oft-told tale from the unique perspective of the Japanese defenders led by an ingenuous general (Ken Watanabe), that earned Eastwood major award recognition. "Letters from Iwo Jima" received Golden Globe Award nominations in 2006, including one for Best Director for Eastwood. He also earned a second Best Director nod for his work on "Flags of Our Fathers." He took one out of three nominations, winning a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film for "Letters from Iwo Jima." He went on to earn yet another Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards, but predictably lost out to Martin Scorsese for "The Departed."An intensely private person, Eastwood was rarely featured in the tabloid press. His only real brush came in 1989 when former co-star and live-in lover, Sandra Locke, filed a palimony suit after the couple split. Then in 2008, Eastwood was publicly criticized by director Spike Lee for not presenting a single black character in either Iwo Jima film, despite their active participation in the battle. Eastwood shot back, saying that the film was about the...

ion. But it was the companion film, "Letters from Iwo Jima" (2006), which was shot on the heels of its predecessor and focused the oft-told tale from the unique perspective of the Japanese defenders led by an ingenuous general (Ken Watanabe), that earned Eastwood major award recognition. "Letters from Iwo Jima" received Golden Globe Award nominations in 2006, including one for Best Director for Eastwood. He also earned a second Best Director nod for his work on "Flags of Our Fathers." He took one out of three nominations, winning a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film for "Letters from Iwo Jima." He went on to earn yet another Best Director nomination at the Academy Awards, but predictably lost out to Martin Scorsese for "The Departed."

An intensely private person, Eastwood was rarely featured in the tabloid press. His only real brush came in 1989 when former co-star and live-in lover, Sandra Locke, filed a palimony suit after the couple split. Then in 2008, Eastwood was publicly criticized by director Spike Lee for not presenting a single black character in either Iwo Jima film, despite their active participation in the battle. Eastwood shot back, saying that the film was about the flag-raising and told Lee to "shut his face." Later in the year, Eastwood was earning press for what he did best â¿¿ acting and directing. He first helmed the period thriller "Changeling" (2008), starring Angelina Jolie as a distraught mother who battles a corrupt Los Angeles Police Department in 1928 after they claim to find her missing son, whom she knows is still missing. Then he directed and starred in "Gran Torino" (2008), a low-key thriller about a widowed, hateful and unhappy old man (Eastwood) who tries to reform a neighborhood Korean boy (Bee Vang) after he tries to steal his prized 1973 car, only to find himself protecting the boy's family from a local Asian gang. Eastwood earned a Golden Globe nomination for his "Changeling" score, and also earned a nod at the same awards for the title song to "Gran Torino."

Eastwood next directed "Invictus" (2009), the true story about how South African president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) helped unite a fractured nation by inspiring rugby captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) to lead his sub-par team toward an unlikely World Cup championship in 1995. Hailed by critics, "Invictus" was another inspired effort by the director, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director. In his role as a producer, Eastwood earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Nonfiction Special for "Johnny Mercer: The Dream⿿s On Me" (TCM, 2010), while he stepped behind the camera again to direct "Hereafter" (2010), a supernatural drama about three divergent people (Matt Damon, Cécile De France and George McLaren) who are brought together by their profound experiences with death. The film earned mixed reviews and suffered from meager box office totals. Eastwood moved on to direct one of his most ambitious films, "J. Edgar" (2011), a biography of enigmatic longtime FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) that focused on his scandalous career and controversial private life. While critics were split over Eastwood⿿s directing, praise was near unanimous for DiCaprio⿿s sterling performance, which included being aged 40 years to depict Hoover as an older man.

Although a registered Republican since the early-1950s, Eastwoodâ¿¿s politics, like the man himself, were that of a true iconoclast. Over the years he had voted for candidates from both parties and publicly denounced the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. And while he had initially wished President Barack Obama well during the start of his first term in office, Eastwood, became a vocal booster for Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, dissatisfied with what he viewed as Obamaâ¿¿s inability to govern. After attending a fundraiser for Romneyâ¿¿s campaign earlier in the month, Eastwood made an appearance as the surprise guest speaker at the close of the Republican National Convention in August. In a display that bordered on theater of the absurd, the 82-year-old actor embarked on a free-form discussion with President Obama â¿¿ represented by an empty chair on the stage â¿¿ during which he expressed his dissatisfaction with the president and his endorsement of Romney. So odd was this discourse with an imaginary Obama, pundits were stunned and Eastwood became a particular target of comedians and the subject of mocking Internet sites and memes .

Eastwood's personal life returned to the headlines in October 2013, when his wife of 17 years, former TV news anchor Dina Eastwood, filed papers for legal separation. In 2012, Dina had starred in "Mrs. Eastwood and Company" (E! 2012), a short-lived reality series about her work as the manager of an a cappella singing group and her life raising their teenage daughter Morgan. Celebrity gossip reporters claimed that the show had strained the couple's marriage. Dina Eastwood withdrew the separation papers and on October 24, 2013, filed for divorce, claiming irreconcilable differences and asking for sole physical and joint legal custody of their daughter. Plowing ahead with his directing work amid the personal drama, Eastwood directed two more films in quick succession. "Jersey Boys" (2014) was a screen adaptation of the hit musical about the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, while "American Sniper" (2014) told the story of Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper), an elite Navy SEAL during the Iraq War whose work with struggling fellow veterans came to a shocking end in 2013.

terwoven history of three men (Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon) and the terrible events from their boyhood that later force them to make irrevocable choices. Considered one of his best pictures since "Unforgiven," the film earned six Oscar nominations, including Eastwood's second as Best Director. Oscar buzz ignited anew with his follow up, "Million Dollar Baby" (2004), which was an even more effective effort than "Mystic River." Eastwood played Frankie Dunn, an old-school boxing trainer afraid of intimacy after a painful rift with his daughter. With the pointed advice of his friend and former boxer (Morgan Freeman), Dunn gets a last shot at coaching a champion (Hilary Swank), who in turn becomes the daughter he never had, only to be faced with a moral choice after a sudden tragedy. Praised by critics as an exquisite and subtle film, "Million Dollar Baby" received wide acclaim after earning five Golden Globe nominations, including Best Director, which Eastwood ultimately claimed. Meanwhile, the film earned seven Academy Award nods, including Best Picture, Best Director and a surprising Best Actor nomination for Eastwood â¿¿ only the second of his long career. He failed to win the acting award, but did take home Best Director and Best Picture Oscars.

As he mellowed with age, Eastwood became more ruminative and thought-provoking on a variety of themes, echoes of which were seen in his examination of violence in "Unforgiven." With "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006), an epic World War II drama that focused on the three surviving U.S. servicemen who raised the American flag during the battle for Iwo Jima, Eastwood used the war genre to explore how a single image can rally a nation in a time of great need, while cynical politicians callously disregard the truth. Leapfrogging from the violence of the black sand beaches to the war bond campaign back home, "Flags of Our Fathers" focused on two Marines (Adam Beach and Jesse Bradford) and a Navy corpsman (Ryan Phillippe) being shuttled across the nation by the government to raise money as they cope with the official sanitized version of events.

Even before the film was released, "Flags of Our Fathers" was considered to be a top contender for Oscar consideration, including Eastwood, whose rich and deeply engaging direction seemed to poise him for a third straight nominatuirom h

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DIRECTOR:

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  Sully (2016)
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  Jersey Boys (2014)
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  Hereafter (2010)
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  Invictus (2009)
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  Gran Torino (2008)
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  Changeling (2008)
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  Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Director
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  Million Dollar Baby (2005) Director

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 Casting By (2013)
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 Kurosawa's Way (2011)
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 Gran Torino (2008)
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 Million Dollar Baby (2005) Frankie Dunn
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 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
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1955:
Film acting debut, "Revenge of the Creature"
1957:
Appeared on the anthology series "The West Point Story" (CBS 1956-1957; ABC 1957-1958)
1959:
Starred as Rowdy Yates on popular TV Western "Rawhide" (CBS)
1966:
Re-teamed with Leone for the sequel "For a Few Dollars More"
1968:
First film with director Don Siegel, "Coogan's Bluff"
1969:
Made singing debut in the film musical "Paint Your Wagon"
1970:
Starred opposite Shirley MacLaine in "Two Mules for Sister Sara," directed by Siegel
1970:
Directed first film, a documentary short about the filming of "The Beguiled" (1971)
1972:
Starred in title role of "Joe Kidd"
1973:
Directed William Holden and Kay Lenz in "Breezy"; first directing assignment in which he did not also act
1973:
Reprised Harry Callahan in "Magnum Force"
1975:
Moved production company, Malapaso Co. to Warner Bros. on a "handshake deal"
1975:
First of six films with off-screen companion Sondra Locke, "The Outlaw Josey Wales"
1976:
Third outing as Callahan in "The Enforcer"
1978:
Teamed with an orangutan in the comedy "Every Which Way But Loose"
1980:
Sang on the soundtrack to "Bronco Billy"; also starred in and directed
1982:
Producing debut, "Firefox"; also starred in and directed
1983:
Last feature with Sondra Locke, "Sudden Impact"
1984:
Earned critical praise for playing a troubled police detective in "Tightrope"; also produced
1985:
Made TV directorial debut with an episode of NBC's "Amazing Stories" entitled "Vanessa in the Garden"; story by Steven Spielberg
1986:
Won a landslide victory as mayor of Carmel, CA; served for two years
1988:
First credit as an executive producer, "Thelonius Monk: Straight, No Chaser"
1988:
Helmed "Bird," the biopic of jazz legend Charlie Parker
1990:
Portrayed a John Huston-like film director in "White Hunter, Black Heart"; also produced and directed
1992:
Re-established his superstar status and won widespread acclaim with "Unforgiven"; film won the Best Picture and Best Director Oscar
1993:
Had the Clint Eastwood Scholarship Award named after him by Warner Bros.
1993:
Documentary "Clint Eastwood ¿ The Man From Malpaso" aired on Cinemax
1993:
Played an aging Secret Service agent in "In the Line of Fire"
1993:
Teamed with Kevin Costner in the taut "A Perfect World"; also directed and composed a song for the soundtrack
1995:
Produced "The Stars Fell on Henrietta" featuring Frances Fisher and Robert Duvall
1997:
Portrayed a thief who becomes embroiled in a murder with political overtones in "Absolute Power"
1997:
Directed (also produced) the film adaptation of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"; co-starred his daughter Alison Eastwood
1999:
Directed and starred in "True Crime" about a journalist who becomes convinced a man on Death Row is innocent; also produced
2000:
Teamed with James Garner, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland for the sci-fi adventure "Space Cowboys"; also produced and directed
2000:
Was subject of documentary "Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows," directed by David Ricker; screened at Venice Film Festival
2002:
Starred in and directed "Blood Work"
2006:
Helmed the WWII drama "Flags of Our Fathers," which centered around the six men that raised the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima; received one of two Golden Globe nominations for Best Director
2006:
Directed "Letters from Iwo Jima," the companion piece to the Iwo Jima drama "Flags of Our Fathers," told from the Japanese viewpoint; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Director and an Oscar nomination for Best Picture
2007:
Composed the score for "Grace is Gone" starring John Cusack; earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for a Motion Picture
2008:
Directed the period thriller "Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie; also scored the music; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score
2008:
Helmed and starred in drama "Gran Torino"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for performing the title song
2009:
Directed Morgan Freeman as former South African President Mandela in "Invictus," about the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director
2009:
Executive-produced "Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me" for TCM, which earned an Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Nonfiction Special
2010:
Directed the film "Hereafter," which told three parallel stories about three people affected by death in different ways
2011:
Directed and produced biographical drama "J. Edgar," starring Leonard DiCaprio
2012:
Starred as a retiring baseball scout in drama "Trouble with the Curve"; first acting role in a film he did not direct since 1993's "In the Line of Fire"
2014:
Directed the feature film adaptation of the widely popular Broadway musical "Jersey Boys"; also produced
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Education

Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -
Oakland Technical High School: Oakland , California - 1948

Notes

Eastwood has a number of business interests including the Hog's Breath Inn in Carmel, California, a line of sportswear Tehama Clint and an alcoholic beverage, Pale Rider Ale.

"Maybe being an introvert gives me, by sheer accident, a certin screen presence, a mystique."---Eastwood on his screen persona quoted in The New York Times, November 21, 1993.

He was named Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year in 1991.

Eastwood was sued by former lover Sondra Locke in 1994 for fraud and contractual interference stemming from what she claimed was a bogus production deal made with Warner Bros in return for her declining to pursue a palimony case against Eastwood. In 1996, the matter went to trial, but Eastwood settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.

While speaking at the 92nd Street Y in NYC, Eastwood was reported to have said: "When I was doing 'The Bridges of Madison County', I said to myself 'This romantic stuff is really tough. I can't wait to get back to shooting and killing.'"---From Daily News, November 15, 1996.

"What? My modern, dysfunctional family? [Laughs.] Life is no great plan. Mine is career-driven and fate-driven. I was in a job that took me around the world. I wasn't always the good guy I could have been. But I haven't run away from members of my family, either. I'm a very integral part of their lives. Dina is wonderful with my ex-wife and the others from my past relationships. She's brought them all together. My ex-wife and I are still business investors, and when she needs something, Dina and I are the first ones there. So I'm blessed."---Clint Eastwood on how some might not approve of his personal life to USA Weekend, January 25, 2004.

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wife:
Maggie Eastwood. Married in December 1953; separated in 1979; divorced in 1982; reportedly given $25 million by Eastwood as divorce settlement.
companion:
Roxanne Tunis. Actor. Had relationship when both appeared on "Rawhide" in the early 1960s; mother of Eastwood's daughter Kimber.
companion:
Sondra Locke. Actor, director. Born in 1947; together from 1977-89; after breakup she sued him in 1990, claiming that he made her have two abortions and undergo sterilization, charges Eastwood denies.
companion:
Jacelyn Reeves. Former flight attendant. Mother of Scott and Kathryn.
companion:
Frances Fisher. Actor. Appeared in Eastwood's film "Unforgiven" (1992); mother of Francesca Ruth Fisher Eastwood; no longer together.
wife:
Dina Ruiz. TV news anchor. Born c. 1965; married on March 31, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada; mother of Morgan Eastwood.
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father:
Clinton Eastwood Sr. Steelworker, migratory worker. Born on June 11, 1906; died in 1990.
mother:
Ruth Eastwood. Born c. 1909.
sister:
Jean Eastwood. Older.
daughter:
Kimber L Eastwood. Actor. Born on June 17, 1964; mother, Roxanne Tunis, an actress who appeared in "Rawhide" with Eastwood.
son:
Kyle C Eastwood. Musician. Born on May 19, 1968; mother, Maggie Eastwood; co-starred in "Honkytonk Man" (1982); married to Laura Gomez.
daughter:
Alison Eastwood. Actor, model. Born on May 22, 1972; mother, Maggie Eastwood.
son:
Scott C Reeves. Born on March 21, 1986; mother, Jacelyn Reeves.
daughter:
Kathryn Ann Reeves. Born on February 2, 1988; mother, Jacelyn Reeves.
daughter:
Francesca Ruth Fisher Eastwood. Born on August 7, 1993; mother Frances Fisher.
daughter:
Morgan Eastwood. Born on December 12, 1996; mother, Dina Ruiz.
grandson:
Clinton Eastwood. Born c. 1984; mother, Kimber Eastwood.
granddaughter:
Graylen Spencer Eastwood. Born on March 28, 1994; father, Kyle Eastwood.
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"Clint Eastwood" Alfred A. Knopf

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