He's one handsome hunk, a notorious playboy and a screen icon! Yep, we're talking about Clint Eastwood, who turned 91 earlier this year — and he's still showing off his acting and directing prowess! In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood legend's iconic flick "Dirty Harry" on Dec. 23, 2021, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at his life and career in pictures.
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Clint Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, California, to Ruth and Clinton Eastwood. Clint, who's seen here at 25 in 1955, has a younger sister named Jeanne.
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Clint Eastwood scored his first big break when he was cast as Rowdy Yates on the CBS TV series "Rawhide." He starred as the cattle driver from 1959 to 1965.
Clint Eastwood married Maggie Johnson on Dec. 19, 1953, after six months of dating. Though the pair (seen here circa 1960) were together for almost 30 years, their relationship — which was riddled with scandals — came to an end in 1978 when Maggie filed for legal separation before making their divorce final in 1984. The pair have two children together: a daughter, Alison, who was born in 1972, and a son, Kyle, who was born in 1968. Clint also fathered a daughter, Kimber, with dancer Roxanne Tunis during his relationship with Maggie.
By the end of the '60s, Clint Eastwood had become a bona fide Western star after landing the leads in "A Fistful of Dollars" (pictured), "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."
Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with 1971's "Play Misty for Me," in which he starred as radio DJ Dave Garver.
Clint Eastwood made his debut as San Francisco Police Department Inspector Harry Callahan in 1971's "Dirty Harry." He'd go on to play the role four more times: in 1973's "Magnum Force," in 1976's "The Enforcer," in 1983's "Sudden Impact" and in 1988's "The Dead Pool."
Clint Eastwood is a big fan of golf! He's seen here in 1973 during the PGA Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Tournament in Monterey, California.
Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke met on the set of 1973's "Breezy," but it wasn't until they co-starred in the 1976 flick "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (pictured) that they became a real-life couple. Though they went on to appear in many more movies together, their relationship came to a bitter end during the late '80s. Clint secretly fathered two children with flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves while he and Sondra were together: son Scott, who was born in 1986, and daughter Kathryn, who was born in 1988.
Clint Eastwood's daughter, Alison Eastwood, channeled her dad in Western wear in this photo snapped in the mid-'70s
Clint Eastwood and girlfriend Sondra Locke attended the People's Choice Awards together in Los Angeles on March 5, 1981. He took home the trophy for favorite motion picture actor that year, an honor he'd achieve several more times over the years.
Just like dad! Clint Eastwood and son Kyle Eastwood co-starred as a country singer and his nephew in 1982's "Honkytonk Man."
Clint Eastwood was immortalized at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Aug. 21, 1984. His signature and handprints are on permanent display in concrete in the forecourt at the landmark.
In 1986, Clint Eastwood became the mayor of the seaside California town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. He served for two years. He's seen here in Carmel in January 1987.
Clint Eastwood won Oscars for best picture and best director for his film "Unforgiven" during the 1993 Academy Awards. He celebrated his double victory with daughter Alison Eastwood at the Warner Bros. afterparty in Los Angeles that March 29.
After he and Sondra Locke parted ways, Clint Eastwood moved on with actress Frances Fisher, whom he met on the set of 1989's "Pink Cadillac." The duo were expecting their first and only child together, daughter Francesca Eastwood, when they attended Bob Daly's birthday party in Los Angeles (seen here) on July 31, 1993.
Clint Eastwood and then-girlfriend Frances Fisher, who co-starred with him in 1992's "Unforgiven," attended the 47th Cannes Film Festival together in 1994. They're seen here with French actress Catherine Deneuve (whom Clint had reportedly romanced in the '60s). The actor-director and Frances parted ways less than two years later in 1995 — after Clint had moved on with another woman.
Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep co-starred in 1995's "The Bridges of Madison County." She earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the critically lauded film.
Clint Eastwood met reporter Dina Ruiz in 1993 when she interviewed him for a story. They started seeing each other in 1994 — while he and Frances Fisher were still an item. It wasn't until the following year that the Oscar winner and the "Titanic" actress called it quits. Clint and Dina tied the knot in Las Vegas on March 31, 1996 — just a few months after they attended the Golden Globes together (seen here) — and welcomed a daughter, Morgan, less than nine months later. (They'd been married for nearly two decades when Dina filed for divorce in late 2013.)
James Garner, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Clint Eastwood co-starred in 2000's "Space Cowboys." The film performed well with critics and Oscar voters: It has a 78% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and scored one Academy Award nomination.
One big happy blended family! Clint Eastwood posed with daughters Francesca Eastwood and Morgan Eastwood, along with ex-girlfriend Frances Fisher (Francesca's mother) during the premiere of "Blood Work" in Los Angeles on Aug. 6, 2002.
Clint Eastwood played a trainer who coaches an underdog amateur boxer portrayed by Hilary Swank in the lauded 2004 film "Million Dollar Baby." He also directed, produced and scored the sports drama, which won four Academy Awards…
In 2005, Clint Eastwood took home Academy Awards for best director and best picture for his film "Million Dollar Baby," in which he also starred (he was also nominated for best lead actor for his work in the sports drama). It was the second time the star claimed Oscars in both of those categories during the same year.
In late 2006, Clint Eastwood became one of the first 13 individuals inducted into the California Hall of Fame. Arnold Schwarzenegger, then the governor of the Golden State, congratulated the Oscar winner during a ceremony in Sacramento, California, on Dec. 6. (Ronald Reagan, César Chávez, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, architect Frank Gehry, Billie Jean King and astronaut Sally K. Ride were also among the first inductees.)
Scholarly stud! Clint Eastwood received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on May 11, 2007.
Like father, like son! Scott Eastwood posed with dad Clint Eastwood during the premiere of "Gran Torino" in Los Angeles on Dec. 9, 2008. Scott — who made his acting debut in another film directed by his dad, 2006's "Flags of our Fathers" — had a small role in the movie.
France's then-President Nicolas Sarkozy honored Clint Eastwood with the Légion d'Honneur, France's highest order of military and civil merit, at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Nov. 13, 2009.
In addition to being an actor, a director, a father and a Hollywood legend, Clint Eastwood has long been active in politics. The silver fox memorably stumped for Mitt Romney by talking to an empty chair during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.
Clint Eastwood shared a scene with son Scott Eastwood in the 2012 baseball drama "Trouble with the Curve."
Clint Eastwood and Frankie Valli are seen here chatting on the set of 2014's "Jersey Boys," which the Oscar winner directed. Unfortunately, the big screen adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical failed to make an impression. It reportedly made $67.6 million at the global box office on a production budget of $58.6 million. To make matters worse, it scored just a 52% fresh rating with critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Working buds! Clint Eastwood directed Bradley Cooper to an Oscar nomination in their 2014 war drama "American Sniper." The duo posed together on the red carpet during the 2015 Academy Awards, where the movie was also up for best picture, best adapted screenplay, best film editing, best sound mixing and best sound editing. (It won in the final category.) But there's another reason why the evening was notable for the actor-director…
Clint Eastwood and girlfriend Christina Sandera made their red carpet debut during the 87th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 22, 2015.
It was a meeting of legends when Clint Eastwood directed Tom Hanks in 2016's "Sully." The duo were photographed taking a moment on the film's New York City set on Oct. 7, 2015.
All seven of Clint Eastwood's acknowledged children have branched into Hollywood in some facet, but the two who are perhaps most well-known are "The Fate of the Furious" and "Suicide Squad" actor Scott Eastwood and actress-reality TV star Francesca Eastwood. The half-siblings, who have different mothers, joined their dad at a special screening of his film "Sully" in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, 2016.
Clint Eastwood took a break from preparing for his next directorial effort, "The 15:17 to Paris," to participate in a Master Class during the 70th Cannes Film Festival in France on May 21, 2017.
In October 2017, Clint Eastwood attended the Los Angeles premiere of the thriller flick "M.F.A." in which daughter Francesca Eastwood starred! He's seen here on the red carpet with Francesca and her mother, actress Frances Fisher.
In February 2018, Clint Eastwood attended the world premiere of his film "The 15:17 to Paris," which he directed and produced. It was a family affair that evening — Clint was joined by three of his actor children: Kyle Eastwood, Alison Eastwood and Scott Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood brought girlfriend Christina Sandera to the world premiere of his film "The Mule" in Los Angeles in December 2018. Clint directed, produced and starred in the crime drama, which earned $174.8 million on a $50 million budget.
Clint Eastwood is seen on set of his film "The Mule," which hit theaters in December 2018.
In November 2019, Clint Eastwood attended the Los Angeles AFI FEST premiere of the biopic "Richard Jewell," which he directed and produced. He's seen here alongside actor Paul Walter Hauser, who plays the titular character in the movie based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article "American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell" and the 2019 novel "The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, the FBI, the Media, and Richard Jewell, the Man Caught in the Middle."
Clint Eastwood is seen here as a former rodeo star in the 2021 film "Cry Macho," which he also directed and produced. The neo-Western drama film, which is set in 1979, is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by N. Richard Nash and co-stars Dwight Yoakam.