American film actor, director, producer, composer, pianist, and politician. Clinton “Clint” Eastwood, Jr. was born on this day May 31, 1930.
First caming to prominence as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide (1959–1966)., Eastwood rose to fame for playing the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy of spaghetti westerns (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) during the late 1960s, and as Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry films (Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool) throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
For his work in the films Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Producer of the Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor. These films in particular, as well as others including Play Misty for Me (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), Tightrope (1984), Pale Rider (1985), Heartbreak Ridge (1986), In the Line of Fire (1993), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), and Gran Torino (2008), have all received commercial success and critical acclaim.
Since 1967, Eastwood has run his own production company, Malpaso, which has produced all except four of his American films.
In 2000, he was awarded the Italian Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.
1908 – Don Ameche (Dominic Felix Amici) (Academy Award-winning actor: Cocoon ; Trading Places, Corinna Corinna; inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame ; died Dec 6, 1993)
1922 – Denholm Elliott (actor: A Room with a View, The Bourne Identity, The Boys from Brazil, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Voyage of the Damned, Trading Places, Scorchers; died Oct 6, 1992)
1945 – Rainer Werner Fassbinder (director: Chinese Roulette, Querelle, Veronika Voss, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Beware of a Holy Whore; died June 10, 1982)
1949 – Tom Berenger (Thomas Michael Moore) (actor: One Life to Live, If Tomorrow Comes, Platoon, Sliver, The Big Chill, Eddie and the Cruisers, Gettysburg, Looking for Mr. Goodbar, A Murder of Crows, In the Company of Spies, Turbulence II: Fear of Flying)
1950 – Gregory Harrison (actor: Logan’s Run, Trapper John, M.D., Family Man, Cadillac Girls, Caught in the Act)
1961 – Lea Thompson (actress: The Right to Remain Silent, Dennis the Menace, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard the Duck, Back to the Future series, Jaws 3, All the Right Moves, Caroline in the City)