Clint Eastwood was born on the 31st May 1930, an American acting legend who is also a celebrated director. His star began to rise after appearing in the TV series Rawhide, followed by the Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s and then the Dirty Harry collection of films in the subsequent two decades. This confirmed him as a tough guy icon of cinema.
His success continued during this time with well-known favourites Every Which Way But Loose, Where Eagles Dare and Escape from Alcatraz. Moving into the 1990s and 200s, he worked on films Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby, both winning Academy Awards for Eastwood.
Away from acting, Eastwood has an enviable catalogue of films he has directed and appeared in, as well as directing ones he didn’t star in. He received further Academy Award nominations for Mystic River and Letters from Iwo Jima. Not slowing down, in 2014 he released American Sniper which was the largest commercial opening for any Clint Eastwood film. It is important to note almost all of his films have been released by his own production company, showing the range and focus of the great man.
Eastwood has received awards across the world, including civilian honours in France and Venice film festival awards.
1. I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we – we own this country. We – we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.
2. You have to feel confident. If you don’t, then you’re going to be hesitant and defensive, and there’ll be a lot of things working against you.
3. If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
4. They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.
5. We boil at different degrees.
6. Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.
7. The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
8. I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
9. We are like boxers, one never knows how much longer one has.
10. It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.
11. Drama usually has some sort of intense conflict.
12. I don’t mind telling a dark side.
13. There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.
14. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
15. My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.
16. In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey.
17. There’s a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven’t. You just do the best you can.
18. Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.
19. I liked Vittorio De Sica a lot, and I got to work with him once in a segment movie. He was a great director. He was a very charismatic character and a guy I watched a lot when he was directing.
20. Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.
21. I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
22. This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some countr
23. I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.
24. Men must know their limitations.
25. I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
26. I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves – it’s just a question of finding the subject.
27. I’m not a chick-flick enthusiast.
28. It’s much more fun to play something you’re nothing like than what you are… It’s much easier to hide yourself in a character.
29. I still work out on a daily basis.
30. I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality.
31. You always want to quit while you are ahead. You don’t want to be like a fighter who stays too long in the ring until you’re not performing at your best.
32. Everybody thinks making films back to back is a big deal but they did it all the time in the old days.
33. I’ve had moments when I’ve thought about somebody, picked up the phone to call them and they are on the line already, and I think that maybe there’s some vibration, some connection.
34. I do believe in self-help
35. I keep working because I learn something new all the time.
36. The country has come a long way in race relations, but the pendulum swings so far back. Everyone wants to be so sensitive.
37. When I see a story, I ask: is this something I’d like to be in? Is this something I’d like to see? And if I’d like to see it, would I like to tell it?
38. If you’re doing a biography, you try to stay as accurate as possible to reality. But you really don’t know what was going on in the person’s mind. You just know what was going on in the minds of people around him.
39. I was drafted during the Korean War.
40. You are always hoping that movie audiences are interested in characters and interested in story values rather than just mindless special effects. But you never know.
41. I’m just a kid – I’ve got a lot of stuff to do yet.
42. Whether you like it or not, you’re forced to come to the realisation that death is out there. But I don’t fear death, I’m a fatalist. I believe when it’s your time, that’s it. It’s the hand you’re dealt.
43. Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.
44. A lot of people are bored of all the political correctness.
45. I’m not really conservative. I’m conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don’t any more.
46. I became a Republican in 1951, the first year I could vote.
47. My mother knew how to read music and everything. But I just kinda learned off of records. And
so, I was listening to records and I’d play ’em over and over.
48. I was always respectful of people who were deeply religious because I always felt that if they gave themselves to it, then it had to be important to them. But if you can go through life without it, that’s OK, too. It’s whatever suits you.
49. I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent. It is too late for me.
50. You know when you’re young and you see a play in high school, and the guys all have gray in their hair and they’re trying to be old men and they have no idea what that’s like? It’s just that stupid the other way around.
51. Society is at odds with itself.
52. I don’t really get into a big intellectual analysis of why I am going to do a certain script or not.
53. The prospect of dating someone in her twenties becomes less appealing as you get older. At some point in your life, your tolerance level goes down and you realize that, with someone much younger, there’s nothing really to talk about.
54. I guess any movie actor can become a role model for audiences out there who enjoy him.
55. If a person doesn’t change, there’s something really wrong with him.
56. I’ve taken advantage of a few breaks that came along and moved along with them.
57. Overnight stardom can be harmful to your mental health. Yeah. It has ruined a lot of people.
58. As you get older, you’re not afraid of doubt. Doubt isn’t running the show. You take out all the self-agonizing.
59. People love westerns worldwide. There’s something fantasy-like about an individual fighting the elements. Or even bad guys and the elements. It’s a simpler time. There’s no organized laws and stuff.
60. Plagiarism is always the biggest thing in Hollywood.