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PEBBLE BEACH, California (AP) -- Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- life saver.

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Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.

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John says Friday the Hollywood actor saved his life. He says Eastwood immediately saw that he was in trouble and lifted the 202-pound tournament director three times about a foot off the ground.

Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone it was his first time using the Heimlich maneuver.

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Eastwood is the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which runs the popular PGA Tour event. He presents the trophy on Sunday.