Skip to main content

Clint Eastwood, the Legend, turns 85


Turning 85 today and still showing no signs of stopping (fortunately for moviefans all over the world) is Hollywood Legend Clint Eastwood.



With a career that spans over 60 years, starting of as a bit player in various films, he first tasted success with the television series Rawhide, where he portrayed the character of Rowdy Yates for 216 episodes, between 1959 and 1965. But he scored really big, with his (European) Man with No Name-Trilogy, directed by the legendary Sergio Leone: a Fistfull of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The good, The Bad and the Ugly in 1964, 1965 and 1966.


After a few more so-called spaghetti-westerns, he was finally discovered in America as well.
1971 became his turning year, it was the year he worked on two films directed by his friend Don Siegel: The Beguiled (in my opinion a highly under-appreciated masterpiece) and the box-office smash Dirty Harry (a character he would portray four more times in the years to follow), but it was also the year he started directing for the first time and delivered the chilling Play Misty for Me.

In 1985 the first collaboration between Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg materialized, when Clint directed one of the episodes in the first season of Steven's Amazing Stories, called Vanessa in the Garden. The episode featured Harvey Keitel and Sondra Locke (at that time Clint's real-life lover).



In 1990 he was thanked on the credits for Back to the Future Part III, without having to do much, other than agree upon the use of his name and (man-with-no-name) image from his famous Italian Western-Trilogy.


5 years later, in 1995 Clint returned in/for 2 Amblin productions: he did an (uncredited) cameo in Casper, The friendly Ghost and he directed and starring in The Bridges of Madison County (the latter marking the first time he took over a directing job from Steven Spielberg).

After having directed 1 film a year during most of his career, in 2006 he changed that habit by presenting 2 films that were both released by/thru DreamWorks. The Flags of Our Fathers,

and Letters From Iwo Jima.


The latest film (to date) Clint directed for/with DreamWorks was Hereafter, starring matt damon, that he made 5 years ago.



Last year he (once more) took over the directing duties for a film from Steven Spielberg, it turned out to be his commercially most successful film until this day: American Sniper.

Happy 85th Birthday to the Man who definitely has (earned himself) a Name.

And Thanks for 'Making My Day' for all those years (and hopefully for many to come.

Ronny.

The Bearded Trio - The Site For Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and John Williams

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+
THE BEARDED TRIO ON PINTEREST

CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON STEVEN SPIELBERG
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON GEORGE LUCAS
CLICK HERE FOR FACTS ON JOHN WILLIAMS

Comments

  1. Is it workable for a superb, earth shattering film in a particular classification to be disregarded at honor services? Totally, and an immaculate case is "A Fistful of Dollars" that offered ascend to what we ordinarily distinguish today as "the spaghetti Western". A Fistful of Dollars was the first of Director Read More...

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment, don't be shy.

Popular posts from this blog

Star Wars VII Movie Poster - Every End Is A New Beginning

Just saw this Star Wars VII movie poster on Kyle Newman's Facebook feed.  The poster is by Lyndon Berresford and Paul Bateman. 
I am loving this.  Who do you think the two characters are?  Lando and Leia?  Han and Leia's children?

Have you seen other Star Wars VII movie posters?  Let me know.

Rob Wainfur
@welshslider


THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
I need your Star Wars memories for a book

Did Paul Freeman Accidentally Eat A Fly In Raiders of the Lost Ark?

The Famous Indiana Jones Fly In Belloq's Mouth Scene.  Did It Really Happen? I've always wondered if Paul Freeman unintentionally consumed a fly in this scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark?  It's the scene where Indiana Jones shouts down to Bellosh...I mean Belloq and threatens to blow up the ark.  Did a fly go in his mouth?

I remember watching this scene back in the early eighties and my ten year old mind thought he definitely had a snack while filming.  I recall talking about 'flygate' in my school playground at the time and the general consensus with my friends was that Freeman definitely had a sneaky snack.

Paul Freeman talks about the famous 'fly' scene in an interview with TheIndyExperience.com and settled 'flygate:'

This is a bit of a dicey question so don’t get too upset. (Laughs) A movie’s always got bloopers in it, some have a lot, and some only have three or four. And the most remarkable blooper was right before the opening of the Ark scene.…

Pinewood Studios To Expand To The Usa

BBC News have reported that Pinewood Studios are to expand to the USA.  This is great news for the famous studio that is rich in movie history.


UK film studio Pinewood Shepperton has announced plans to build its first sound stages in the United States. The Pinewood Atlanta complex will be built on 288 acres of land south of Atlanta, Georgia, as a joint venture with a US investment company. Georgia has been among the US states drawing film-making away from Hollywood with tax incentives in recent years. The deal is the latest sign of expansion at Pinewood, the home of the James Bond franchise. Earlier this month it announced a joint venture with a Chinese media group, potentially giving it access to the fast-growing Chinese market.
Read the full article here.

THE BEARDED TRIO ON FACEBOOK
THE BEARDED TRIO ON TWITTER
THE BEARDED TRIO ON GOOGLE+