Who is Clint Eastwood? You probably know that he is a prolific actor and director, who's been a household name in the business for decades. After all, he has about 70 acting credits to his name and has helmed nearly 40 movies. He also has four Academy Awards. The ruggedly handsome Eastwood has played a cowboy (several times), an anti-hero detective, a boxing trainer, and even a bare knuckle fighter. His famous growl and eye squint have become his trademark. But, there is much more to learn about Clint Eastwood's biography. Here are the Clint Eastwood facts that you may not know.
By weeding through Clint Eastwood interviews, bios, anecdotes, and quotes, it’s pretty clear that the former mayor is one of the most interesting guys in Hollywood. He may appear stoic, and even often laconic on the big screen, but his passion for life is obvious in his rich history.
He’s more than just an actor or director. He’s unapologetically political, he owns golf courses, and he could have had a very successful career in music. This list is more than Clint Eastwood trivia or what appears on his wiki page, it will help to give insight to a legend whose most popular character is ironically called "The Man With No Name."Vote up your Clint Eastwood stories on the list below!
He Became a Mayor in Order to Overturn a City Ban on Ice Cream Parlors
Okay, maybe that's not the only reason Clint Eastwood ran for mayor of the California coastal city Carmel-by-the-Sea. His campaign slogan was "Bringing the Community Together." Before he ran for office, there was an ancient law in the local books that banned selling and eating ice cream on public streets. Once Eastwood was elected, he repealed the law and set out to pass several pro-business items of legislation that helped both the business sector and the community. He served in office for two years, from 1986 to 1988.
Sergio Leone Initially Did Not Want Him to Play Blondie
Clint Eastwood has played several iconic characters over his six decades in show business. However, his most storied character is perhaps Blondie, AKA The Man with No Name, from Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy. The part was originally offered to Eric Fleming, who turned down the opportunity because the role did not pay enough. Then Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, and Richard Harrison all passed on the spaghetti western. When the idea of Eastwood was pitched to Leone, he declined because he thought of Clint as a background guy. Eventually, Leone agreed to cast Eastwood and the trilogy launched both of their film careers.
He Wore the Same Poncho in All Three of the "Dollars" Trilogy Movies
Eastwood wore the same iconic poncho in all three of the spaghetti westerns: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966). He also reportedly never washed it.
He Survived a Plane Crash
Clint Eastwood had a near-death experience when he hopped a free ride on a Douglas AD Bomber plane in the early 1950s. The plane ran out of gas around Point Reyes, California and crashed into the ocean. He described experience, saying, "So we went swimming. It was late October, November. Very cold water I found out many years later that it was a white shark breeding ground, but I’m glad I didn’t know that at the time or I’d have just died.” Thankfully, Eastwood and the pilot were both able to swim the three miles ashore to safety.