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May 31

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has won Academy Awards® for Best Director for films Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.

Photo by Hulton Archive/Archive Photos/Getty Images

1930: Dirty Harry, Anti-Hero
Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, California
Action-picture star Clint Eastwood took a circuitous route to Hollywood fame. After stints working as a truck driver and serving in the U.S. Army, Eastwood took a screen test in Los Angeles in 1954, promptly landing a small part in a long-forgotten horror film. With that, he landed roles in other films, starring on the hit TV show Rawhide, and working in a series of “spaghetti Westerns” (given that nickname because they were filmed in Italy).

When he got back to the U.S., Eastwood directed his first movie beginning the behind-the-camera work that would win him as much acclaim as his acting. From the Dirty Harry series of films, in which he first uttered his immortal catchphrase, “Go ahead—make my day,” to his work directing the haunting Mystic River and poignant Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood mastered the art of filmmaking.

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