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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:||Cast ... director actor producer composer piano player steel-furnace stoker gas pumper steel worker pool digger forest firefighter garbage man delivery man lumberjack lifeguard politician|
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 Dreamâ¿¿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, CÃ©cile 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 Eastwoodâ¿¿s directing, praise was near unanimous for DiCaprioâ¿¿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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