He wore the same poncho, without ever having washed it, in all three of his “Man with No Name” Westerns.
Got his role in “Rawhide” (1959) while visiting a friend at the CBS lot when a studio exec spotted him because he “looked like a cowboy.”
1950-1954: Drafted and served in the United States Army, assigned to Special Services. He was a swimming instructor.
It’s interesting, given his penchant towards directing or starring in westerns, that his name, Clint Eastwood, is an anagram for ‘old west action.’
For many years he was the owner of the nation’s largest known hardwood tree, a bluegum eucalyptus, until a larger version of the tree was discovered in 2002.
6/8/02: Sworn in as Parks Commissioner for the state of California at Big Basin Redwood Park, Santa Cruz. Holding up his new commissioner’s badge, he told the crowd, “You’re all under arrest.”. (I love that one)
He was going to play the villain Two-Face on the “Batman” (1966) TV series, but the show was canceled before the project began.
At age 74, he became the oldest person to win the Best Director Oscar for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
2000: Received an honorary Doctorate from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Wesleyan is also home to his personal archives.
Claimed that the trait he most despised in others was racism.
The boots that he wore in Unforgiven (1992) are the same ones he wore in the TV series “Rawhide” (1959). They are now a part of his private collection and were on loan to the 2005 Sergio Leone exhibit at the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, California. In essence these boots have book-ended his career in the Western genre.
He maintains a vegan diet consisting of fruit, veg, soy and tofu produce.
At a press conference for his movie Mystic River (2003), Eastwood condemned the Iraq war as a “big mistake” and defended Sean Penn‘s visit to Baghdad, saying he might have done the same thing but for his age.
Fluent in Italian.
Learned mountain climbing for The Eiger Sanction (1975) because he felt the scenes were too dangerous for him to pay a stuntman to do for him. He was the last climber up The Totem Pole in Monument Valley, and as part of the contract, the movie crew removed the pitons left by decades of other climbers. The scene where he was hanging off the mountain by a single rope was actually Eastwood, and not a stuntman.
An accomplished jazz pianist, he performs much of the music for his movies, including the scene in the bar in In the Line of Fire (1993).
[what he says after a take, instead of “Cut!”] That’s enough of that shit.