An American Actor, Producer, Director, and Living Legend
What can you say about Clint Eastwood that hasn’t already been said by 4 Oscars, 148 award victories, and another 167 award nominations? A lot, actually! Clint Eastwood is one of America’s true national treasures. Few people can be so beloved, yet so reluctantly does he seemingly embrace that love, you would think he was universally reviled. But that has long been the dichotomy that is the great Clint Eastwood. The reluctant hero. The protective loner. Trying to nail down Clint Eastwood’s on-camera personas brings about a difficulty that is rivaled perhaps only by trying to figure out who he is off-camera. And maybe that’s part of what adds to his legendary folk lore. Maybe he’s been acting the whole time, whether or not he’s on stage or in front of a camera. We may never know. But we do know there’s no denying the genius and stardom of the great Clint Eastwood. And for those spending time in Metro Atlanta and West Georgia, it’s exciting to know that he’s been on camera right here in Douglas County, GA!
The 1950s were filled with uncredited B-movie roles, supplemented by digging swimming pools, until Clint Eastwood landed a part in Rawhide in 1958. In the middle of the 1960s, Eastwood’s career really took a leap forward as “The Man with No Name” in three spaghetti westerns by famed producer/director Sergio Leone. It might surprise you to know that these three consecutive films, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, were shown exclusively in Italy from 1964-1966. It wasn’t until 1967 that those films were released in the United States, and Eastwood became a major box office star. He then finished off the 1960s by starring in Hang ‘Em High, Coogan’s Bluff, Where Eagles Dare, Paint Your Wagon, Two Mules for Sister Sara, and Kelly’s Heroes.
The 1970s gave us the first three iconic Dirty Harry installments, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Escape from Alcatraz, and Every Which Way But Lose, among other great films. While the 1980s were filled with two more Dirty Harry movies as well as a series of other solid films, his star power began to wane a little at the box office. But in 1992, the storied actor starred in and directed The Unforgiven, which earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and his first Oscar Win for Best Director. That was quite a comeback, and it vaulted Eastwood into esteem as a sought-after director, and solidified his prowess as a legendary actor. His work in 2004 on Million Dollar Baby garnered even more Oscar nods, and spoke to Eastwood’s desire to make important films. As we have watched his historic career take shape, it’s been great to see one of his most recent films, The Mule, be filmed extensively throughout our own Douglas County, GA. We hope he comes here again and again to keep that Eastwood magic going strong!