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Transcript of actor and director Clint Eastwood's remarks Thursday at the Republican National Convention, as delivered:

Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Save a little for Mitt.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, what's a movie tradesman doing out here? You know they are all left-wingers out there, left of Lenin. At least that's what people think. But that's not really the case. There's a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It's just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play it a little more close to the vest. They don't go around hot-dogging it. So, uh ... But they're there, believe me, they're there. I just think, in fact, some of them around town, I saw Jon Voigt, a lot of people around here in town.

Jon's here, an Academy Award winner. A terrific guy. These people are all like-minded, like all of us.

So I so I've got Mr. Obama sitting here. And he's I just was going to ask him a couple of questions. But, you know, about, I remember three-and-a-half years ago, when Mr. Obama won the election. And though I wasn't a big supporter, I was watching that night when he was having that thing and they were talking about hope and change and they were talking about, yes we can, and it was dark outdoors, and it was nice, and people were lighting candles. And they were saying, you know, I just thought, this is great. Everybody's crying. Oprah was crying.

I was even crying. And then finally I haven't cried that hard since I found out that there's 23 million unemployed people in this country.

Now that is something to cry for because that is a disgrace, a national disgrace, and we haven't done enough, obviously this administration hasn't done enough to cure that. Whatever interest they have is not strong enough, and I think possibly now it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem.

So, so, Mr. President, how do you, how do you handle, how do you handle promises that you've made when you were running for election and how do you handle, how do you handle it?

I mean, what do you say to people? Do you just you know I know people were wondering. You don't? You don't handle it.

Well, I know even some of the people in your own party were very disappointed when you didn't close Gitmo. And I thought, well, closing Gitmo why close that? We spent so much money on it. But, I thought maybe as an excuse.

Oh, What do you mean shut up?

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OK, I thought it was just because somebody had the stupid idea of trying terrorists in downtown New York City. Maybe that was it.

I've got to, I've got to hand it to you. I've got to give credit where credit is due. You did finally overrule that finally. And that's so, now we're moving onward. I know, in the, you were against the war in Iraq and that's OK. But you thought the war in Afghanistan was OK.

You know, I mean you thought that was something worth doing. We
didn't check with the Russians to see how they did there for 10 years.

But we did it, and it was, it's something to be thought about and I think that when we get to maybe I think you've mentioned something about having a target date for bringing everybody home and you give that target date, and I think Mr. Romney asked the only sensible question. He says, "Why are you giving the date out now? Why don't you just bring them home tomorrow morning?"

And I thought I thought, yeah there's, I'm not going to shut up. It's my turn.

So anyway, we're going to have, we're going to have to have a little chat about that. And then, I just wondered, all these promises and then I wondered about, you know, when the, What? What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. That. He can't do that to himself.

You're crazy. You're absolutely crazy. You're getting as bad as Biden.

Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic party.

Just kind of a grin with a body behind it.

But I just think that there's much to be done and I think that Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan are two guys that can come along. See, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president anyway, because ... Yeah.

I think attorneys are so busy. You know, they're always taught to argue everything, and always weigh everything and weigh both sides and they're always, you know, they're always devil's advocating this and bifurcating this and bifurcating that. You know all that stuff. But, I think it is maybe time. What do you think for maybe a businessman? How about that?

A stellar businessman. Quote, unquote, a stellar businessman. And I think it's that time. And I think if you just kind of stepped aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over.

You could still use the plane. Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler when you're going around to colleges and talking about student loans and stuff like that.

You're an ecological man. Why would you want to drive that truck around?

OK, well, anyway. All right, I'm sorry. I can't do that to myself either.

But I'd just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we, we own this country.

Thank you. Thank you.

Yes, we own it. And it's not you owning it and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.

And, so, they're just going to come around and beg for votes every few years. It's the same old deal. But I just think that it's important that you realize and that you're the best in the world.

And whether you're Democrat or whether you're a Republican or whether you're Libertarian or whatever, you're the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let 'em go.

Let 'em go.

OK, just remember that. And I'm speaking out for everybody out there. It doesn't hurt, we don't have to be ...

I do not say that word anymore.

Well, maybe one last time.

We don't have to be what I'm saying, we don't have to be metal masochists and vote for somebody that we don't really even want in office just because they seem to be nice guys or maybe not so nice guys if you look at some of the recent ads going out there. I don't know.

But OK.

You want to make my day, huh?

All right.

Go ahead...

(AUDIENCE: Make my day!)

Thank you. Thank you very much.

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Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Republican National Convention - Wikipedia Republished // WIKI 2

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, American actor and director Clint?Eastwood gave a speech at the Republican?National?Convention. Eastwood had endorsed Mitt?Romney for the 2012?United?States?presidential?election earlier that month, and spent much of his speech's running time on a largely improvised routine in which he addressed an empty chair that represented President Barack?Obama. The speech, broadcast in a prime?time slot, was viewed live by around 30 million people. It generated many responses and much discussion.

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Eastwood?had?a?political?background, as the non-partisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea,?California,[1] and serving on various state commissions on parks and the film industry.[2][3] He also previously endorsed Republican candidate John?McCain during the 2008?United?States?presidential?election.[4] On August 3, 2012, Eastwood had formally?endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt?Romney for the 2012?presidential?election, speaking at a fundraiser for the candidate.[5][6]

The three broadcast networks each devoted one hour of coverage to the convention per night, during the prime 10:00 to 11:00p.m. time slot.[1][7] In response to criticism that conventions are over-scripted, organizers did not disclose the identity of the first speaker who had been given the high profile speaking slot.[8] On August 30, CNN reported that Eastwood was the "mystery guest".[9]


Eastwood made an unannounced appearance at the convention, speaking at the top of the final hour. The speech was scheduled to last five minutes.[1][10] Eastwood started the speech with "I know what you're thinking", referencing the number of .44 Magnum rounds his "Dirty Harry" Callahan character fired in the eponymous 1971 film, and spent much of his speech time on a largely improvised routine addressing an empty chair representing President Barack?Obama. The speech lasted about 12 minutes, and was characterized by multiple sources as "rambling."[1][10][11][12][13] In at least two instances, Eastwood implied the President had uttered profanities directed both at Romney and himself, saying "What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that, he can't do that to himself."[14][15]

Following his conversation with the empty chair, Eastwood turned his focus to the delegates and the audience at home, stating in part "But I'd just like to say something... that I think is very important. It is that, you, we, we own this country.... it's not politicians owning it; politicians are employees of ours... And whether you're Democrat or whether you're a Republican or whether you're Libertarian or whatever, you're the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let 'em go." The speech ends with a reference to "Go?ahead,?make?my?day", spoken as Dirty Harry from the 1983 film Sudden?Impact.[16]

Eastwood's speech was viewed live by 30.3 million people, across at least 11 television networks which were broadcasting coverage of the convention. (Those numbers do not count those watching on C-SPAN, whose audience is not measured.)[17]


Eastwood's remarks were well-received within the convention hall, but responses were mixed outside the hall.[10][18][19][20] His ex-partner Frances?Fisher posted an essay on Facebook criticizing the speech, and suggested his appearance was a publicity?stunt to sell tickets for his then-upcoming film Trouble?with?the?Curve.[21]

Film critic Roger?Ebert, an Obama supporter, commented, "Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn't need to do this to himself. It's unworthy of him,"[22] and later elaborated that while he continues to revere Eastwood as an artist, he opined that Eastwood was "handed the wrong sheet music".[23] Bill?Maher, a comedian and talk show host who has been highly critical of the Republican Party, praised Eastwood's performance and his decision to go off-script during a heavily scripted affair: "As a performer, as a stand-up comedian for 30 years who knows how hard it is to get laughs... he went up there... without a net, on a tightrope. There was no teleprompter. He did a bit with just an empty chair and killed."[24] Mark?Steyn spoke particularly favorably of Eastwood's closing statement, referring to it as "some of the hardest lines of the convention".[25] Jon?Stewart commented on the August 31 episode of The?Daily?Show that Eastwood's performance could be understood as a metaphor for the existence of "a President Obama that only Republicans can see", who bears "so little resemblance to the world and the President that I experience."[26]

Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott?Walker described the speech as "that one moment, which I cringed about".[27][28] Former Romney adviser Mike?Murphy tweeted: "Note to file: Actors need a script."[29] Meanwhile, Ann?Romney commented to CBS?This?Morning that Eastwood is "a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night. We appreciated Clint's support. I didn't know it was coming."[30] The New York Times quoted unnamed Romney aides describing the Eastwood speech as "strange" and "weird."[1] One Romney aide described it as "theater of the absurd."[1] According to Double Down, a book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann recounting the 2012 Republican campaign, one of Romney's senior strategists, Stuart?Stevens, excused himself during Eastwood's performance to vomit in another room in reaction to it.[31] According to the Times, the Eastwood appearance was cleared by Stevens and another senior campaign leader, Russell?Schriefer, who drew up a rough set of talking points for Eastwood.[1] Staffers reported that unlike other speakers at the convention, there were no rehearsals for Eastwood's speech, nor did they require Eastwood to be on script.[1][31]

Staffers also reported that Eastwood's use of the chair was a last-minute decision by the actor himself.[1] Eastwood confirmed this in a September 4 interview with The Carmel Pine Cone: "There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down. When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea." Eastwood further elaborated that he purposely avoided preparing for the speech to make it appear unpolished and more appealing to the average citizen.[32]

During his speech, Eastwood said, "See, I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president anyway," apparently referencing President Obama. Amy Argetsinger of the Washington Post and Joe Palazzolo of The Wall Street Journal both noted that Romney has a Juris?Doctor;[33][34] as Palazzolo wrote, Romney "is a trained lawyer and a businessman. He earned both his J.D. and his MBA at Harvard University, in a dual-degree?program."[34] Romney passed the Michigan?bar?exam, but has never practiced as an attorney, instead pursuing a career in management?consulting.[35][36]

The incident led to the "Eastwooding" Internet?meme spreading via Twitter whereby people would pose next to empty chairs, sometimes pointing at the chairs.[37][38][39][40] The episode was also lampooned in The?Onion.[41] The model of chair, designed in 1992 by the Italian architect/designer Sergio Mian, was profiled as well.[42] Inspired by the Eastwood speech, a Texas man hanged an empty chair in effigy.[43]

The speech follows a long-standing American tradition of empty?chair?debating, dating back to at least 1924, as pioneered by Progressive vice presidential nominee Burton?K.?Wheeler.[44] The style of the conversation was noticeably similar to the humorous one-sided conversations popularized by Bob?Newhart in the 1960s; Newhart himself joked in a tweet: "I heard that Clint Eastwood was channeling me at the RNC. My lawyers and I are drafting our lawsuit."[45] Bloggers have suggested that Eastwood was attempting a form of Gestalt?therapy either for himself or for the Republican Party generally.[46]

In a September 7, 2012, interview with his hometown newspaper, The Carmel Pine Cone, following his speech at the Republican Nation Convention, Eastwood said that "President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," and "Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that's what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle."[47]

Following Obama's poor performance in the first?general?presidential?debate?of?the?2012?cycle, Eastwood's empty chair symbol was revived. The?New?Yorker featured a caricature of Romney debating Eastwood's chair (drawn by Barry?Blitt) for its October 15, 2012, edition.[48]

In response to Clint Eastwood's speech, President Obama tweeted a photo himself sitting in the presidential chair at the Cabinet's Table with the caption "This seat's taken."[49]

On November 7, 2012, the day after President Barack?Obama won reelection, Daniel?Day-Lewis brought a chair onstage at the 2012 BAFTA Britannia Awards and congratulated it. Day-Lewis added: "I love Clint Eastwood, this is no satirical comment on him or his politics...When I saw him talking to a chair in front of a roomful of strangers, I thought: 'I've got to try that.'"[50]

Several months later, following the election, Eastwood revealed to CNBC anchor Becky?Quick that his infamous "empty chair" skit had been inspired by a Neil?Diamond song ("I?Am...?I?Said") that had come over the radio in his Tampa hotel room and that included a lyric about an empty chair not hearing the singer's laments.[22] Eastwood said that the skit was made up on the spot right before he gave it and that if he could, he would say something different if he could have a do-over: "My only message was [that] I wanted people to take the idolizing factor out of every contestant out there. Just look at the work, look at the background, and then make a judgment on that. I was just trying to say that, and did it in kind of a roundabout way which took a lot more time, I suppose, than they would have liked." I'd probably say something else but I'd try to get the same message across so that people don't have to kiss up to politicians. No matter what party they're in, you should evaluate their work and make your judgments accordingly. That's the way to do it in life and every other subject, but sometimes in America we get gaga, we look at the wrong values."[51]

The chair prop itself was transported from Florida to the offices of Reince?Priebus, the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee.[52] While the chair is among many pieces of political memorabilia in Priebus' office, it is the first item he points out to reporters.[53]


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Clint Eastwood
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Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood J. Edgar Premier, November 2011 (cropped).jpgEastwood in 2011BornClinton Eastwood Jr.
May 31, 1930
San Francisco, California, U.S.Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • composer
  • businessman
  • politician
NetworthUS$375million[1][2]Spouse(s)Maggie Johnson
(m.1953; div.1984)
Dina Ruiz
(m.1996; div.2014)Partner(s)Sondra Locke
(c. 1975; sep. 1989)
Frances Fisher
(c. 1990; sep. 1995)ChildrenAt least[3] 8[a][b] including
  • Kyle Eastwood
  • Alison Eastwood
  • Scott Eastwood
  • Francesca Eastwood
Mayor of Carmel-by-the-SeaIn office
19861988Preceded byCharlotte Townsend[21]Succeeded byJean Grace[22]Personal detailsPolitical partyLibertarian (1997after 1999, 2009present)[23]Other political
  • Independent (19741997)
  • Republican (before 19521974)

Clinton Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and politician. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.[24][25]

For his work in the Western film Unforgiven (1992) and the sports drama Million Dollar Baby (2004), Eastwood won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, as well as receiving nominations for Best Actor. Eastwood's greatest commercial successes have been the adventure comedy Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and its sequel, the action comedy Any Which Way You Can (1980), after adjustment for inflation.[26] Other popular films include the Westerns Hang 'Em High (1968), The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), and Pale Rider (1985), the war films Where Eagles Dare (1968), Kelly's Heroes (1970), and Heartbreak Ridge (1986), the action films Firefox (1982) and In the Line of Fire (1993), and the thrillers Play Misty for Me (1971) and Tightrope (1984). Eastwood also starred in the crime comedy film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), the prison film Escape from Alcatraz (1979), as well as the drama films The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Gran Torino (2008) and The Mule (2018).

In addition to directing many of his own star vehicles, Eastwood has also directed films in which he did not appear, such as the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the war film Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), for which he received Academy Award nominations, the drama Changeling (2008), and the biographical sports drama Invictus (2009). The war drama biopic American Sniper (2014) set box-office records for the largest January release ever and was also the largest opening ever for an Eastwood film.

Eastwood received considerable critical praise in France for several films, and was awarded two of France's highest civilian honors: in 1994, he became a recipient of the Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2007, was awarded the Legion of Honour medal. In 2000, Eastwood was awarded the Italian Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for lifetime achievement. Since 1967, Eastwood's Malpaso Productions has produced all but four of his American films. Elected in 1986, Eastwood served for two years as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a non-partisan office.

Early life

Main article: Early life and work of Clint Eastwood

Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930 at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, California to Ruth (nee Runner; 19092006) and Clinton Eastwood (19061970). During her son's fame, Ruth was known by the surname of her second husband, John Belden Wood (19132004), whom she married after the death of Clinton Sr.[27] Eastwood was nicknamed "Samson" by the hospital nurses because he weighed 11pounds 6ounces (5.2kg) at birth.[28][29] He has a younger sister, Jeanne Bernhardt (b. 1934).[30] He is of English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry.[31] He is descended from Mayflower passenger William Bradford, and through this line is the 12th generation born in North America.[32][33][34] His family relocated three times during the 1930s as his father changed occupations,[35][36] residing in Sacramento in 1935, according to census records.[37][38] Contrary to what Eastwood has indicated in media interviews, they did not move between 1940 and 1949.[39][40] Settling in Piedmont, California, the Eastwoods lived in an affluent area of the town, had a swimming pool, belonged to a country club, and each parent drove their own car.[41] Eastwood's father was a manufacturing executive at Georgia-Pacific for most of his working life.[42] As Clint and Jeanne grew older, Ruth took a clerical job at IBM.[43]

Eastwood attended Piedmont Middle School,[44] where he was held back due to poor academic scores, and records indicated he also had to attend summer school.[39] From January 1945 until at least January 1946, he attended Piedmont High School, but was asked to leave for writing an obscene suggestion to a school official on the athletic field scoreboard and for burning an effigy on the school lawn, on top of other school infractions.[45] He transferred to Oakland Technical High School and was scheduled to graduate mid-year in January 1949, although it is not clear if he did.[40] "Clint graduated from the airplane shop. I think that was his major," joked classmate Don Kincade.[40] Another high school friend, Don Loomis, echoed "I don't think he was spending that much time at school because he was having a pretty good time elsewhere."[40] "I think what happened is he just went off and started having a good time. I just don't think he finished high school," explained Fritz Manes,[40] a boyhood friend two years younger than Eastwood, who remained associated with him until their falling out in the mid-1980s. Biographer Patrick McGilligan notes that high school graduation records are a matter of strict legal confidentiality.[40]

Eastwood held a number of jobs, including lifeguard, paper carrier, grocery clerk, forest firefighter, and golf caddy.[46] Eastwood said that he tried to enroll at Seattle University in 1951,[47] but instead was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War.[48] "He always dropped the Korean War reference, hoping everyone would conclude that he was in combat and might be some sort of hero. Actually, he'd been a lifeguard at Fort Ord in northern California for his entire stint in the military," said Eastwood's former longtime companion Sondra Locke.[41] Don Loomis recalled hearing that Eastwood was romancing one of the daughters of a Fort Ord officer, who might have been entreated to watch out for him when names came up for postings.[49] While returning from a prearranged tryst[49] in Seattle, Washington, he was a passenger on a Douglas AD bomber that ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes.[50][51] Using a life raft, he and the pilot swam 3.2 kilometres (2mi) to safety.[52]


1950s: Early career struggles

According to the CBS press release for Rawhide, the Universal-International film company was shooting in Fort Ord when an enterprising assistant spotted Eastwood and invited him to meet the director,[53] although this is disputed by Eastwood's unauthorized biographer, Patrick McGilligan.[54] According to Eastwood's official biography, the key figure was a man named Chuck Hill, who was stationed in Fort Ord and had contacts in Hollywood.[53] While in Los Angeles, Hill became reacquainted with Eastwood and managed to sneak him into a Universal studio, where he introduced him to cameraman Irving Glassberg.[53] Glassberg arranged for an audition under Arthur Lubin, who, although very impressed with Eastwood's appearance and stature, then 6'4" (193cm), disapproved of his acting, remarking, "He was quite amateurish. He didn't know which way to turn or which way to go or do anything".[55] Lubin suggested that he attend drama classes and arranged for Eastwood's initial contract in April 1954, at $100 per week.[55] After signing, Eastwood was initially criticized for his stiff manner and delivering his lines through his teeth, a lifelong trademark.[56]

In May 1954, Eastwood made his first real audition for Six Bridges to Cross but was rejected by Joseph Pevney.[57] After many unsuccessful auditions, he was eventually given a minor role by director Jack Arnold in Revenge of the Creature (1955), a sequel to the recently released Creature from the Black Lagoon.[58] In September 1954, Eastwood worked for three weeks on Arthur Lubin's Lady Godiva of Coventry, won a role in February 1955, playing "Jonesy", a sailor in Francis in the Navy and appeared uncredited in another Jack Arnold film, Tarantula, where he played a squadron pilot.[59][60] In May 1955, Eastwood put four hours' work into the film Never Say Goodbye and had a minor uncredited role as a ranch hand (his first western film) in August 1955 with Law Man, also known as Star in the Dust.[61] Universal presented him with his first television role on July 2, 1955, on NBC's Allen in Movieland, which starred comedian Steve Allen, actor Tony Curtis and swing musician Benny Goodman.[62] Although he continued to develop as an actor, Universal terminated his contract on October 23, 1955.[63]

Eastwood was cast as Tom in Star in the Dust (1956) with Richard Boone. He joined the Marsh Agency, and although Lubin landed him his biggest role to date in The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and later hired him for Escapade in Japan (1957), without a formal contract Eastwood was struggling.[64] On his financial advisor Irving Leonard's advice, he switched to the Kumin-Olenick Agency in 1956 and Mitchell Gertz in 1957. He landed several small roles in 1956 as a temperamental army officer for a segment of ABC's Reader's Digest series, and as a motorcycle gang member on a Highway Patrol episode.[64] In 1957, Eastwood played a cadet in West Point series and a suicidal gold prospector on Death Valley Days.[65]

In 1958, he played a Navy lieutenant in a segment of Navy Log and in early 1959 made a notable guest appearance as Red Hardigan on Maverick opposite James Garner as a cowardly villain intent on marrying a rich girl for money.[65] Eastwood had a small part as an aviator in Lafayette Escadrille (1958) and played a major role as an ex-renegade of the Confederacy in Ambush at Cimarron Pass (also 1958), a film Eastwood considers the low point of his career.[66][67][68]

In 1958, Eastwood was cast as Rowdy Yates for the CBS hourlong western series Rawhide, the career breakthrough he had long sought.[69][70] Eastwood was not especially happy with his character; Eastwood was almost 30, and Rowdy was too young and cloddish for Eastwood's comfort.[71] Filming began in Arizona in the summer of 1958.[72] It took just three weeks for Rawhide to reach the top 20 in TV ratings and although it never won an Emmy, it was a major success for several years, and peaked at number six in the ratings between October 1960 and April 1961.[73] The Rawhide years (195965) were some of the most grueling of Eastwood's career, often filming six days a week for an average of 12 hours a day, but some directors still criticized him for not working hard enough.[73][74] By late 1963, Rawhide was beginning to decline in the ratings and lack freshness in the scripts; it was canceled in the middle of the 196566 season.[75] Eastwood made his first attempt at directing when he filmed several trailers for the show, but was unable to convince producers to let him direct an episode.[76] In the show's first season Eastwood earned $750 an episode. At the time of Rawhide's cancellation, he received $119,000 an episode as severance pay.[77]


Publicity photo for Rawhide, 1961

In late 1963, Eastwood's Rawhide co-star Eric Fleming rejected an offer to star in an Italian-made western called A Fistful of Dollars (1964), filmed in a remote region of Spain by a relatively unknown director, Sergio Leone.[78] Richard Harrison suggested Eastwood to Leone because Harrison knew Eastwood could play a cowboy convincingly. Eastwood thought the film would be an opportunity to escape from his Rawhide image. He signed a contract for $15,000 in wages for eleven weeks' work, with a bonus of a Mercedes-Benz automobile upon completion.[79][80] Eastwood later said of the transition from a TV western to A Fistful of Dollars: "In Rawhide I did get awfully tired of playing the conventional white hat. The hero who kisses old ladies and dogs and was kind to everybody. I decided it was time to be an antihero."[81] Eastwood was instrumental in creating the Man with No Name character's distinctive visual style and, although a non-smoker, Leone insisted Eastwood smoke cigars as an essential ingredient of the "mask" he was attempting to create for the character.[82]

A Fistful of Dollars proved a landmark in the development of spaghetti Westerns, with Leone depicting a more lawless and desolate world than traditional westerns, and challenging American stereotypes of a western hero with a morally ambiguous antihero. The film's success made Eastwood a major star in Italy[83] and he was rehired to star in For a Few Dollars More (1965), the second of the trilogy. Through the efforts of screenwriter Luciano Vincenzoni, the rights to For a Few Dollars More and the trilogy's final film, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), were sold to United Artists for about $900,000.[84]

In January 1966, Eastwood met producer Dino De Laurentiis in New York City and agreed to star in a non-Western five-part anthology production, The Witches (Le Streghe, 1967), opposite De Laurentiis's wife, Silvana Mangano.[85] Eastwood's 19-minute installment took only a few days to shoot, but his performance did not please critics; one wrote, "no other performance of his is quite so 'un-Clintlike'."[86] Two months later Eastwood began work on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, again playing the mysterious Man with No Name. Lee Van Cleef returned as a ruthless fortune seeker, with Eli Wallach portraying the Mexican bandit Tuco Ramirez. The storyline involved the search for a cache of Confederate gold buried in a cemetery. During the filming of a scene in which a bridge was blown up, Eastwood urged Wallach to retreat to a hilltop. "I know about these things," he said. "Stay as far away from special effects and explosives as you can."[87] Minutes later confusion among the crew over the word "Vaya!" resulted in a premature explosion that could have killed Wallach.[87]

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I wanted to play it with an economy of words and create this whole feeling through attitude and movement. It was just the kind of character I had envisioned for a long time, keep to the mystery and allude to what happened in the past. It came about after the frustration of doing Rawhide for so long. I felt the less he said, the stronger he became and the more he grew in the imagination of the audience.

?Eastwood, on playing the Man with No Name character[88]
As the Man with No Name in A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

The Dollars trilogy was not released in the United States until 1967, when A Fistful of Dollars opened on January 18, followed by For a Few Dollars More on May 10, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly on December 29.[89] All three were commercially successful, particularly The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, which eventually earned $8million in rental earnings and turned Eastwood into a major film star.[89] All three received poor reviews, and marked the beginning of a battle for Eastwood to win American film critics' respect.[90] Judith Crist described A Fistful of Dollars as "cheapjack,"[91] while Newsweek called For a Few Dollars More "excruciatingly dopey." Renata Adler of The New York Times said The Good, the Bad and the Ugly was "the most expensive, pious and repellent movie in the history of its peculiar genre."[92] Time magazine drew attention to the film's wooden acting, especially Eastwood's, though a few critics such as Vincent Canby and Bosley Crowther of The New York Times praised his coolness.[93] Leone's cinematography was widely acclaimed, even by critics who disparaged the acting.[90]

Stardom brought Eastwood more roles. He signed to star in the American revisionist western Hang 'Em High (1968) alongside Inger Stevens, Pat Hingle, Dennis Hopper, Ed Begley, Alan Hale, Jr., Ben Johnson, Bruce Dern, and James MacArthur,[94] playing a man who takes up a Marshal's badge and seeks revenge as a lawman after being lynched by vigilantes and left for dead.[95] The film earned Eastwood $400,000 and 25% of its net box office.[94] Using money earned from the Dollars trilogy, Eastwood's advisor Irving Leonard helped establish Eastwood's own production company, Malpaso Productions, named after Malpaso Creek on Eastwood's property in Monterey County, California. The 38-year-old actor was still relatively unknown as late as a month prior to the film's release, as evidenced by a July 1968 news item by syndicated columnist Dorothy Manners: "The proverbial man in the street is still asking, 'Who's Clint Eastwood?'"[96] Leonard arranged for Hang 'Em High to be a joint production with United Artists;[97] when it opened in August 1968, it had the largest opening weekend in United Artists' history. Hang 'Em High was widely praised by critics, including Archer Winsten of the New York Post, who called it "a western of quality, courage, danger and excitement."[34]

Before Hang 'Em High's release, Eastwood had already begun working on Coogan's Bluff (1968), about an Arizona deputy sheriff tracking a wanted psychopathic criminal (Don Stroud) through New York City. He was reunited with Universal Studios for it after receiving an offer of $1 million more than double his previous salary.[98] Jennings Lang arranged for Eastwood to meet Don Siegel, a Universal contract director who later became Eastwood's close friend, forming a partnership that would last more than ten years and produce five films.[99] Shooting began in November 1967, before the script had been finalized.[100] The film was controversial for its portrayal of violence.[101][102] Coogan's Bluff also became the first collaboration with Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin, who scored several Eastwood films in the 1970s and 1980s, including the Dirty Harry films.

Eastwood was paid $750,000 for the war epic Where Eagles Dare (1968),[103] about a World War II squad parachuting into a Gestapo stronghold in the alpine mountains. Richard Burton played the squad's commander, with Eastwood as his right-hand man. Eastwood was also cast as Two-Face in the Batman television show, but the series was canceled before filming began.[104]

Eastwood then branched out to star in the only musical of his career, Paint Your Wagon (1969). Eastwood and Lee Marvin play gold miners who buy a Mormon settler's less favored wife (Jean Seberg) at an auction. Bad weather and delays plagued the production, and the film's budget eventually exceeded $20million, which was high for the time.[105] The film was not a critical or commercial success, but was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[106]


Eastwood starred with Shirley MacLaine in the western Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), directed by Don Siegel. The film follows an American mercenary, who becomes mixed up with a prostitute disguised as a nun, and ends up helping a group of Juarista rebels during the reign of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico.[107][108] Eastwood again played a mysterious stranger unshaven, wearing a serape-like vest, and smoking a cigar.[109] Although it received moderate reviews,[110][111][112] the film is listed in The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000Movies Ever Made.[113] Around the same time, Eastwood starred as one of a group of Americans who steal a fortune in gold from the Nazis, in the World War II film Kelly's Heroes (also 1970), with Donald Sutherland and Telly Savalas. Kelly's Heroes was the last film Eastwood appeared in that was not produced by his own Malpaso Productions.[114] Filming commenced in July 1969 on location in Yugoslavia and in London.[115] The film received mostly a positive reception and its anti-war sentiments were recognized.[114] In the winter of 196970, Eastwood and Siegel began planning his next film, The Beguiled (1971), a tale of a wounded Union soldier, held captive by the sexually repressed matron (played by Geraldine Page) of a Southern girls' school.[116] Upon release the film received major recognition in France and is considered one of Eastwood's finest works by French critics.[117] However, it grossed less than $1million and, according to Eastwood and Lang, flopped due to poor publicity and the "emasculated" role of Eastwood.[118]

Eastwood's career reached a turning point in 1971.[119] Before Irving Leonard died, he and Eastwood had discussed the idea of Malpaso producing Play Misty for Me, a film that was to give Eastwood the artistic control he desired, and his debut as a director.[120] The script was about a jazz disc jockey named Dave (Eastwood), who has a casual affair with Evelyn (Jessica Walter), a listener who had been calling the radio station repeatedly at night, asking him to play her favorite song Erroll Garner's "Misty". When Dave ends their relationship, the unhinged Evelyn becomes a murderous stalker.[121] Filming commenced in Monterey in September 1970 and included footage of that year's Monterey Jazz Festival.[122] The film was highly acclaimed with critics, such as Jay Cocks in Time magazine, Andrew Sarris in the Village Voice, and Archer Winsten in the New York Post all praising the film, as well as Eastwood's directorial skills and performance.[123] Walter was nominated for a Golden Globe Best Actress Award (Drama), for her performance in the film.

I know what you're thinking"Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do you, punk?

?Eastwood, in Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry (1971), written by Harry and Rita Fink, centers on a hard-edged New York City (later changed to San Francisco) police inspector named Harry Callahan who is determined to stop a psychotic killer by any means.[124] Dirty Harry has been described as being arguably Eastwood's most memorable character, and the film has been credited with inventing the "loose-cannon cop" genre.[125][126] Author Eric Lichtenfeld argues that Eastwood's role as Dirty Harry established the "first true archetype" of the action film genre.[127] His lines (quoted above) are regarded by firearms historians, such as Garry James and Richard Venola, as the force that catapulted the ownership of .44 Magnum revolvers to new heights in the United States; specifically the Smith & Wesson Model 29 carried by Harry Callahan.[128][129] Dirty Harry, released in December 1971, earned $22million in the United States and Canada.[130] It was Siegel's highest-grossing film and the start of a series of films featuring the character Harry Callahan. Although a number of critics praised Eastwood's performance as Dirty Harry, such as Jay Cocks who described him as "giving his best performance so far, tense, tough, full of implicit identification with his character,"[131] the film was also widely criticized as being fascistic.[132][133][134]

Following Sean Connery's announcement that he would not play James Bond again, Eastwood was offered the role but turned it down because he believed the character should be played by an English actor.[135] He next starred in the loner Western Joe Kidd (1972), based on a character inspired by Reies Lopez Tijerina, who stormed a courthouse in Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico in June 1967. During filming, Eastwood suffered symptoms of a bronchial infection and several panic attacks.[136] Joe Kidd received a mixed reception, with Roger Greenspun of The New York Times writing that it was unremarkable, with foolish symbolism and sloppy editing, although he praised Eastwood's performance.[137]

Eastwood's first western as director was High Plains Drifter (1973), in which he also starred. The film had a moral and supernatural theme, later emulated in Pale Rider. The plot follows a mysterious stranger (Eastwood) who arrives in a brooding Western town where the people hire him to protect them against three soon-to-be-released felons. There remains confusion during the film as to whether the stranger is the brother of the deputy, whom the felons lynched and murdered, or his ghost. Holes in the plot were filled with black humor and allegory, influenced by Leone.[138] The revisionist film received a mixed reception, but was a major box-office success. A number of critics thought Eastwood's directing was "as derivative as it was expressive," with Arthur Knight of the Saturday Review remarking that Eastwood had "absorbed the approaches of Siegel and Leone and fused them with his own paranoid vision of society."[139] John Wayne, who had declined a role in the film, sent a letter to Eastwood soon after the film's release in which he complained that, "The townspeople did not represent the true spirit of the American pioneer, the spirit that made America great."[140]

Directing William Holden in Breezy (1973)

Eastwood next turned his attention towards Breezy (1973), a film about love blossoming between a middle-aged man and a teenage girl. During casting for the film Eastwood met Sondra Locke for the first time, an actress who would play major roles in six of his films over the next ten years and would become an important figure in his life.[141] Kay Lenz got the part of Breezy because Locke, at age 29, was nearly twice the character's age. The film, shot very quickly and efficiently by Eastwood and Frank Stanley, came in $1million under budget and was finished three days ahead of schedule.[142] Breezy was not a major critical or commercial success and it was only made available on video in 1998.[27]

Once filming of Breezy had finished, Warners announced that Eastwood had agreed to reprise his role as Callahan in Magnum Force (1973), a sequel to Dirty Harry, about a group of rogue young officers (among them David Soul, Robert Urich and Tim Matheson) in the San Francisco Police Department who systematically exterminate the city's worst criminals.[143] Although the film was a major success after release, grossing $58.1million in the United States (a record for Eastwood), it was not a critical success.[144][145] The New York Times critic Nora Sayre panned the often contradictory moral themes of the film, while the paper's Frank Rich called it "the same old stuff".[145]

Eastwood teamed up with Jeff Bridges and George Kennedy in the buddy action caper Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), a road movie about a veteran bank robber Thunderbolt (Eastwood) and a young con man drifter, Lightfoot (Bridges). On its release, in spring 1974, the film was praised for its offbeat comedy mixed with high suspense and tragedy but was only a modest success at the box office, earning $32.4million.[146] Eastwood's acting was noted by critics, but was overshadowed by Bridges who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Eastwood reportedly fumed at the lack of Academy Award recognition for him and swore that he would never work for United Artists again.[146][147]

At a film shoot for The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Eastwood's next film The Eiger Sanction (1975) was based on Trevanian's critically acclaimed spy novel of the same name. Eastwood plays Jonathan Hemlock in a role originally intended for Paul Newman, an assassin turned college art professor who decides to return to his former profession for one last "sanction" in return for a rare Pissarro painting. In the process he must climb the north face of the Eiger in Switzerland under perilous conditions. Mike Hoover taught Eastwood how to climb during several weeks of preparation at Yosemite in the summer of 1974 before filming commenced in Grindelwald, Switzerland on August 12, 1974.[148][149] Despite prior warnings about the perils of the Eiger the film crew suffered a number of accidents, including one fatality.[150][151] Despite the danger, Eastwood insisted on doing all his own climbing and stunts. Upon release in May 1975 The Eiger Sanction was marginally successful commercially, receiving $14.2million at the box-office, and gained mixed reviews.[152] Joy Gould Boyum of The Wall Street Journal dismissed the film as "brutal fantasy".[152][153] Eastwood blamed Universal Studios for the film's poor promotion and turned his back on them to make an agreement with Warner Brothers, through Frank Wells, that has lasted to the present day.[154]

Chief Dan George with Locke and Eastwood at a barbecue in Santa Fe, New Mexico promoting The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), a western inspired by Asa Carter's 1972novel of the same name,[155] has lead character Josey Wales (Eastwood) as a pro-Confederate guerrilla who refuses to surrender his arms after the American Civil War and is chased across the old southwest by a group of enforcers. The supporting cast included Locke as his love interest and Chief Dan George as an elderly Cherokee who strikes up a friendship with Wales. Director Philip Kaufman was fired by producer Bob Daley under Eastwood's command, resulting in a fine reported to be around $60,000 from the Directors Guild of America who subsequently passed new legislation reserving the right to impose a major fine on a producer for discharging and replacing a director.[156] The film was pre-screened at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities in Idaho during a six-day conference entitled Western Movies: Myths and Images. Invited to the screening were a number of esteemed film critics, including Jay Cocks and Arthur Knight; directors such as King Vidor, William Wyler, and Howard Hawks; and a number of academics.[157] Upon release in the summer of 1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales was widely acclaimed, with many critics and viewers seeing Eastwood's role as an iconic one that related to America's ancestral past and the destiny of the nation after the American Civil War.[157] Roger Ebert compared the nature and vulnerability of Eastwood's portrayal of Josey Wales with his Man with No Name character in the Dollars westerns and praised the film's atmosphere.[158] The film would later appear in Time's "Top 10 Films of the Year".[159]

Eastwood was then offered the role of Benjamin L. Willard in Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now, but declined as he did not want to spend weeks on location in the Philippines.[160][161] He also refused the part of a platoon leader in Ted Post's Vietnam War film, Go Tell the Spartans[160] and instead decided to make a third Dirty Harry film, The Enforcer (1976). The film had Callahan partnered with a new female officer (Tyne Daly) to face a San Francisco Bay area group resembling the Symbionese Liberation Army. The film, culminating in a shootout on Alcatraz island, was considerably shorter than the previous Dirty Harry films at 95minutes,[162] but was a major commercial success grossing $100million worldwide to become Eastwood's highest-grossing film to date.[163]

Eastwood directed and starred in The Gauntlet (1977) opposite Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney, and Mara Corday. In this film, he portrays a down-and-out cop assigned to escort a prostitute from Las Vegas to Phoenix to testify against the mob. Although a moderate hit with the viewing public, critics had mixed feelings about the film, with many believing it was overly violent. Ebert, in contrast, gave the film three stars and called it "classic Clint Eastwood: fast, furious, and funny."[164] In Every Which Way But Loose (1978) he has an uncharacteristic offbeat comedy role. His character, Philo Beddoe, is a trucker and brawler who roams the American West searching for a lost love (Locke) accompanied by his best friend, Orville Boggs (played by Geoffrey Lewis) and an orangutan called Clyde. The film proved surprisingly successful upon its release and became Eastwood's most commercially successful film up to that time. Panned by critics, it ranked high among the box-office successes of his career and was the second-highest-grossing film of 1978.[165]

Eastwood starred in Escape from Alcatraz (1979), the last of his films directed by Siegel. It was based on the true story of Frank Lee Morris who, along with John and Clarence Anglin, escaped from the notorious Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in 1962. The film was a major success; Stanley Kauffmann of The New Republic praised it as "crystalline cinema"[166] and Frank Rich of Time described it as "cool, cinematic grace".[167]


Eastwood directed and played the title role in Bronco Billy (1980), alongside Locke, Scatman Crothers, and Sam Bottoms.[168] Eastwood has cited Bronco Billy as being one of the most relaxed shoots of his career and biographer Richard Schickel argued that Bronco Billy is Eastwood's most self-referential character.[169][170] The film was a commercial disappointment,[171] but was liked by critics. Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that film was "the best and funniest Clint Eastwood movie in quite a while", and praised Eastwood's directing, intricately juxtaposing the old West and the new West.[172] Released later in 1980, Any Which Way You Can, was the sequel to Every Which Way But Loose and also starring Eastwood. The film received a number of bad reviews from critics, although Maslin described it as "funnier and even better than its predecessor".[171] In theaters over the Christmas season, Any Which Way You Can was a major box office success and ranked among the top five highest-grossing films of the year.[173]

Eastwood, 1981

Eastwood directed and starred in Honkytonk Man (1982), based on the eponymous Clancy Carlile's depression-era novel. Eastwood portrays a struggling western singer Red Stovall who suffers from tuberculosis, but has finally been given an opportunity to make it big at the Grand Ole Opry. He is accompanied by his young nephew (played by real-life son Kyle) to Nashville, Tennessee, where he is supposed to record a song. Only Time gave the film a good review in the United States, with most reviewers criticizing its blend of muted humor and tragedy.[174] Nevertheless, the film received a more positive reception in France, where it was compared to John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath,[175] and it has since acquired the very high rating of 93percent on Rotten Tomatoes.[176] Around the same time, Eastwood directed, produced, and starred in the Cold War-themed Firefox (also 1982). Based on a 1977 novel with the same name written by Craig Thomas, the film was shot before but released after Honkytonk Man. Russian filming locations were not possible due to the Cold War, and the film had to be shot in Vienna and other locations in Austria to simulate many of the Eurasian story locations. With a production cost of $20million, it was Eastwood's highest budget film to that time.[177] People magazine likened Eastwood's performance to "Luke Skywalker trapped in Dirty Harry's Soul".[177]

Eastwood directed and starred in the fourth Dirty Harry film, Sudden Impact, which was shot in the spring and summer of 1983 and released that December. It is considered the darkest and most violent of the series.[178] By this time, Eastwood received 60percent of all profits from films he starred in and directed, with the rest going to the studio.[179] Sudden Impact was his final on-screen collaboration with Locke. She plays an artist who, along with her sister, was gang-raped a decade before the story takes place and seeks revenge for her sister's now-vegetative state by systematically murdering the rapists. The line "Go ahead, make my day" (uttered by Eastwood during an early scene in a coffee shop) has been cited as one of cinema's immortal lines. It was quoted by President Ronald Reagan in a speech to Congress, and used during the 1984 presidential elections.[180][181][182] The film was the second most commercially successful of the Dirty Harry films, after The Enforcer, earning $70million. It received very positive reviews, with many critics praising the feminist aspects of the film through its explorations of the physical and psychological consequences of rape.[183]

Tightrope (1984) had Eastwood starring opposite Genevieve Bujold in a provocative thriller, inspired by newspaper articles about an elusive Bay Area rapist. Set in New Orleans to avoid confusion with the Dirty Harry films,[184] Eastwood played a divorced cop drawn into his target's tortured psychology and fascination for sadomasochism.[185] Tightrope was a critical and commercial hit and became the fourth highest-grossing R-rated film of 1984.[186] Eastwood next starred in the crime comedy City Heat (also 1984) alongside Burt Reynolds, a film about a private eye and his partner who get mixed up with gangsters in the prohibition era of the 1930s. The film grossed around $50million domestically, but was overshadowed by Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop.[187]

Westerns. A period gone by, the pioneer, the loner operating by himself, without benefit of society. It usually has something to do with some sort of vengeance; he takes care of the vengeance himself, doesn't call the police. Like Robin Hood. It's the last masculine frontier. Romantic myth, I guess, though it's hard to think about anything romantic today. In a Western you can think, Jesus, there was a time when man was alone, on horseback, out there where man hasn't spoiled the land yet.

?Eastwood, on the philosophical allure of portraying western loners[188]

Eastwood made his only foray into TV direction with the Amazing Stories episode Vanessa in the Garden (1985), which starred Harvey Keitel and Locke. This was his first collaboration with Steven Spielberg, who later co-produced Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima.[189] He would revisit the Western genre when he directed and starred in Pale Rider (1985), a film based on the classic western Shane (1953) and follows a preacher descending from the mists of the Sierras to side with the miners during the California Gold Rush of 1850.[190] The title is a reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, as the rider of the pale horse is Death, and shows similarities to Eastwood's western High Plains Drifter (1973) in its themes of morality and justice as well as its exploration of the supernatural.[191] It was hailed as one of the best films of 1985 and the best western to appear for a considerable period, with Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune remarking, "This year (1985) will go down in film history as the moment Clint Eastwood finally earned respect as an artist".[192]

Eastwood co-starred with Marsha Mason in the military drama Heartbreak Ridge (1986), about the 1983United States invasion of Grenada. He portrays a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War who realizes he is nearing the end of his military service. Production and filming were marred by internal disagreements between Eastwood and long-time friend and producer Fritz Manes, as well as between Eastwood and the United States Department of Defense who expressed contempt for the film.[193][194] At the time, the film was a commercial rather than a critical success, and has only come to be viewed more favorably in recent times.[195] The film grossed $70million domestically.[196]

Eastwood starred in The Dead Pool (1988), the fifth and final film in the Dirty Harry series. It co-starred Patricia Clarkson, Liam Neeson, and a young Jim Carrey who plays Johnny Squares, a drug-addled rock star and the first of the victims on a list of celebrities drawn up by horror film director Peter Swan (Neeson) who are deemed most likely to die, the so-called "Dead Pool". The list is stolen by an obsessed fan who, in mimicking his favorite director, makes his way through the list killing off celebrities, of which Dirty Harry is also included. The Dead Pool grossed nearly $38million, relatively low receipts for a Dirty Harry film. It is generally viewed as the weakest film of the series, though Roger Ebert thought it was as good as the original.[197][198]

Eastwood began working on smaller, more personal projects and experienced a lull in his career between 1988 and 1992. Always interested in jazz, he directed Bird (1988), a biopic starring Forest Whitaker as jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker. Alto saxophonist Jackie McLean and Spike Lee, son of jazz bassist Bill Lee and a long time critic of Eastwood, criticized the characterization of Charlie Parker remarking that it did not capture his true essence and sense of humor.[199] Eastwood received two Golden Globes for the film, the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his lifelong contribution, and the Best Director award. However, Bird was a commercial failure, earning just $11million, which Eastwood attributed to the declining interest in jazz among black people.[200] Carrey would appear with Eastwood again in the poorly-received comedy Pink Cadillac (1989). The film is about a bounty hunter and a group of white supremacists chasing an innocent woman (Bernadette Peters) who tries to outrun everyone in her husband's prized pink Cadillac. The film failed both critically and commercially,[201] earning barely more than Bird and marking a low point in Eastwood's career.[202]


Eastwood directed and starred in White Hunter Black Heart (1990), an adaptation of Peter Viertel's roman a clef, about John Huston and the making of the classic film The African Queen. Shot on location in Zimbabwe in the summer of 1989,[203] the film received some critical attention but with only a limited release earned just $8.4million.[204] Eastwood directed and co-starred with Charlie Sheen in The Rookie, a buddy cop action film released in December 1990. Critics found the film's plot and characterization unconvincing, but praised its action sequences.[205] An ongoing lawsuit, in response to Eastwood allegedly ramming a woman's car,[206] resulted in no Eastwood films being shown in cinemas in 1991.[207] Eastwood won the suit and agreed to pay the complainant's legal fees if she did not appeal.[207]

[I]f possible, he looks even taller, leaner and more mysteriously possessed than he did in Sergio Leone's seminal Fistful of Dollars a quarter of a century ago. The years haven't softened him. They have given him the presence of some fierce force of nature, which may be why the landscapes of the mythic, late 19th-century West become him, never more so than in his new Unforgiven.... This is his richest, most satisfying performance since the underrated, politically lunatic Heartbreak Ridge. There's no one like him.

?Vincent Canby of The New York Times, on Eastwood's performance in Unforgiven[208]

Eastwood revisited the western genre in Unforgiven (1992), a film which he directed and starred in as an aging ex-gunfighter long past his prime. Scripts existed for the film as early as 1976 under titles such as The Cut-Whore Killings and The William Munny Killings but Eastwood delayed the project because he wanted to wait until he was old enough to play his character and to savor it as the last of his western films.[207] Unforgiven was a major commercial and critical success; Jack Methews of the Los Angeles Times described it as "the finest classical western to come along since perhaps John Ford's 1956 The Searchers.[209] The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards,[210] (including Best Actor for Eastwood and Best Original Screenplay for David Webb Peoples) and won four, including Best Picture and Best Director for Eastwood. In June2008 Unforgiven was ranked as the fourth-best American western, behind Shane, High Noon, and The Searchers, in the American Film Institute's "AFI's 10 Top 10" list.[211][212]

Eastwood at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival

Eastwood played Frank Horrigan in the Secret Service thriller In the Line of Fire (1993), directed by Wolfgang Petersen and co-starring John Malkovich and Rene Russo. Horrigan is a guilt-ridden Secret Service agent haunted by his failure to save John F. Kennedy's life.[213] The film was among the top10 box office performers in that year, earning $102million in the United States alone.[214] A few months after film wrapped, Eastwood directed and co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in A Perfect World (also 1993). Set in the 1960s,[215] Eastwood plays a Texas Ranger in pursuit of an escaped convict (Costner) who hits the road with a young boy (T.J. Lowther). Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that the film marked the highest point of Eastwood's directing career,[216] and the film has since been cited as one of his most underrated directorial achievements.[217][218]

At the May1994 Cannes Film Festival Eastwood received France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal,[219] and on March 27, 1995, he was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the 67th Academy Awards.[220] His next film appearance was in a cameo role as himself in the children's film Casper (1995). He expanded his repertoire by playing opposite Meryl Streep in The Bridges of Madison County (also 1995). Based on the novel by Robert James Waller,[221] the film relates the story of Robert Kincaid (Eastwood), a photographer working for National Geographic who, while photographing historic covered bridges in Iowa, meets and has an affair with an Italian-born farm wife, Francesca (Streep). Despite the novel receiving unfavorable reviews, The Bridges of Madison County film was a commercial and critical success.[222] Roger Ebert wrote, "Streep and Eastwood weave a spell, and it is based on that particular knowledge of love and self that comes with middle age."[223] The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Picture and won a Cesar Award in France for Best Foreign Film. Streep was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

Eastwood directed and starred in the political thriller Absolute Power (1997), alongside Gene Hackman (with whom he had appeared in Unforgiven). Eastwood played the role of a veteran thief who witnesses the Secret Service cover-up of a murder. The film received a mixed reception from critics.[224] Later in 1997, Eastwood directed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, based on the novel by John Berendt and starring John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, and Jude Law. The film met with a mixed critical response.[225]

The roles that Eastwood has played, and the films that he has directed, cannot be disentangled from the nature of the American culture of the last quarter century, its fantasies and its realities.

?Author Edward Gallafent, commenting on Eastwood's impact on film from the 1970s to 1990s[226]

Eastwood directed and starred in True Crime (1999). He plays Steve Everett, a journalist and recovering alcoholic, who has to cover the execution of murderer Frank Beechum (played by Isaiah Washington). True Crime received a mixed reception, with Janet Maslin of The New York Times writing, "his direction is galvanized by a sense of second chances and tragic misunderstandings, and by contrasting a larger sense of justice with the peculiar minutiae of crime. Perhaps he goes a shade too far in the latter direction, though."[227] The film was a box office failure, earning less than half its $55million budget and was Eastwood's worst-performing film of the 1990s aside from White Hunter Black Heart, which had a limited release.[228]


Eastwood directed and starred in Space Cowboys (2000) alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner. Eastwood played one of a group of veteran ex-test pilots sent into space to repair an old Soviet satellite. The original music score was composed by Eastwood and Lennie Niehaus. Space Cowboys was critically well-received and holds a 79percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes,[229] although Roger Ebert wrote that the film was, "too secure within its traditional story structure to make much seem at risk."[230] The film grossed more than $90million in its United States release, more than Eastwood's two previous films combined.[231] Eastwood played an ex-FBI agent chasing a sadistic killer (Jeff Daniels) in the thriller Blood Work (2002), loosely based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Michael Connelly. The film was a commercial failure, grossing just $26.2million on an estimated budget of $50million and received mixed reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes describing it as, "well-made but marred by lethargic pacing".[232] Eastwood did, however, win the Future Film Festival Digital Award at the Venice Film Festival for the film.

Eastwood and pregnant actress Angelina Jolie on the red carpet of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for their film Changeling

Eastwood directed and scored the crime drama Mystic River (2003), a film dealing with themes of murder, vigilantism and sexual abuse and starring Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins. The film was praised by critics and won two Academy Awards Best Actor for Penn and Best Supporting Actor for Robbins with Eastwood garnering nominations for Best Director and Best Picture.[233] The film grossed $90million domestically on a budget of $30million.[234] In 2003 Eastwood was named Best Director of the Year by the National Society of Film Critics.[235]

Clint is a true artist in every respect. Despite his years of being at the top of his game and the legendary movies he has made, he always made us feel comfortable and valued on the set, treating us as equals.

?Tim Robbins, on working with Eastwood.[29]

The following year Eastwood found further critical acclaim with Million Dollar Baby. The boxing drama won four Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Hilary Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman).[236] At age 74 Eastwood became the oldest of eighteen directors to have directed two or more Best Picture winners.[237][238] He also received a nomination for Best Actor, as well as a Grammy nomination for his score,[239] and won a Golden Globe for Best Director, which was presented to him by daughter Kathryn, who was Miss Golden Globe at the 2005 ceremony.[240] A. O. Scott of The New York Times lauded the film as a "masterpiece" and the best film of the year.[241]

Eastwood directed two films about World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima released In 2006. The first, Flags of Our Fathers, focused on the men who raised the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi and featured the film debut of Eastwood's son Scott. This was followed by Letters from Iwo Jima, which dealt with the tactics of the Japanese soldiers on the island and the letters they wrote home to family members. Letters from Iwo Jima was the first American film to depict a war issue completely from the view of an American enemy.[242] Both films received praise from critics and garnered several nominations at the 79th Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay for Letters from Iwo Jima. At the 64th Golden Globe Awards Eastwood received nominations for Best Director in both films. Letters from Iwo Jima won the award for Best Foreign Language Film.[243]

An older man is at the center of the image smiling and looking off to the right of the image. He is wearing a white jacket, and a tan shirt and tie. The number 61 can be seen behind him on a background wall. Eastwood at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

Eastwood next directed Changeling (2008), based on a true story set in the late 1920s. Angelina Jolie stars as a woman reunited with her missing son only to realize he is an impostor.[244] After its release at several film festivals the film grossed over $110million, the majority of which came from foreign markets.[245] The film was highly acclaimed, with Damon Wise of Empire describing Changeling as "flawless".[246] Todd McCarthy of Variety magazine described it as "emotionally powerful and stylistically sure-handed" and that the film's characters and social commentary were brought into the story with an "almost breathtaking deliberation".[247] For the film Eastwood received nominations for Best Original Score at the 66th Golden Globe Awards, Best Direction at the 62nd British Academy Film Awards and director of the year from the London Film Critics' Circle.[248][249]

Eastwood ended a four-year "self-imposed acting hiatus"[250] by appearing in Gran Torino (also 2008), which he also directed, produced and partly scored with his son Kyle and Jamie Cullum. Biographer Marc Eliot called Eastwood's role "an amalgam of the Man with No Name, Dirty Harry, and William Munny, here aged and cynical but willing and able to fight on whenever the need arose".[251] Gran Torino grossed almost $30million during its opening weekend release in January 2009, the highest of his career as an actor or director.[252] Gran Torino eventually grossed over $268million in theaters worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing film of Eastwood's career so far (without adjustment for inflation).[253]

Eastwood's 30th directorial outing came with Invictus (2009), a film based on the story of the South African team at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela, Matt Damon as rugby team captain Francois Pienaar and Grant L. Roberts as Ruben Kruger.[254] The film met with generally positive reviews; Roger Ebert gave it three and a half stars and described it as a "very good film... with moments evoking great emotion,"[255] while Variety's Todd McCarthy wrote, "Inspirational on the face of it, Clint Eastwood's film has a predictable trajectory, but every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cultural impressions and emotion."[256] For the film Eastwood was nominated for Best Director at the 67th Golden Globe Awards.[248]


In the Eastwood-directed Hereafter (2010, he again worked with Matt Damon, who portrayed a psychic. The film had its world premiere on September 12, 2010 at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and had a limited release later in October.[257][258] Hereafter received mixed reviews from critics, with the consensus at Rotten Tomatoes being, "Despite a thought-provoking premise and Clint Eastwood's typical flair as director, Hereafter fails to generate much compelling drama, straddling the line between poignant sentimentality and hokey tedium."[259] Around the same time, Eastwood served as executive producer for a Turner Classic Movies (TCM) documentary about jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way (also 2010), to commemorate Brubeck's 90th birthday.[260]

Eastwood directed J. Edgar (2011), a biopic of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.[261] The film received mixed reviews, although DiCaprio's performance as Hoover was widely praised.[262] Roger Ebert wrote that the film is "fascinating," "masterful," and praised DiCaprio's performance.[263] David Edelstein of New York Magazine, while also praising DiCaprio, wrote, "It's too bad J. Edgar is so shapeless and turgid and ham-handed, so rich in bad lines and worse readings".[264] Eastwood starred in the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve (2012), as a veteran baseball scout who travels with his daughter for a final scouting trip. Robert Lorenz, who worked with Eastwood as an assistant director on several films, directed the film.[265]

Everybody wonders why I continue working at this stage. I keep working because there's always new stories.... And as long as people want me to tell them, I'll be there doing them.

?Eastwood, reflecting on his later career[266]

During Super Bowl XLVI, Eastwood narrated a halftime advertisement for Chrysler titled "Halftime in America" (2012).[267] The advertisement was criticized by several U.S. Republicans, who claimed it implied that President Barack Obama deserved a second term.[268] In response to the criticism, Eastwood stated, "I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America."[269]

Eastwood next directed Jersey Boys (2014), a musical biography based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. The film told the story of the musical group The Four Seasons.[270] Eastwood directed American Sniper (also 2014), a film adaptation of Chris Kyle's eponymous memoir, following Steven Spielberg's departure from the project.[271] The film was released on December 25, 2014.[272] American Sniper grossed more than $350million domestically and over $547million globally, making it one of Eastwood's biggest movies commercially.[273][274] His next film, Sully, starred Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, who successfully landed the US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in an emergency landing, keeping all passengers on board alive.[275] Released in the United States in September 2016, it became another commercial success for Eastwood, grossing over $238million worldwide.[276] He directed the biographical thriller The 15:17 to Paris (2018), which saw previously non-professional actors Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos playing themselves as they stop the 2015 Thalys train attack.[277] The film received a generally negative reception from critics, who were largely critical of the acting by the three leads.[278] Eastwood next starred in and directed The Mule, which was released in December 2018. He played Earl Stone, an elderly drug smuggler based on Leo Sharp, Eastwood's first acting role since Trouble with the Curve in 2012.[279]

On May 24, 2019, it was announced that Eastwood's next film would be titled The Ballad of Richard Jewell, based on the life of heroic security guard Richard Jewell, who was wrongly suspected in the 1996 Olympic bombing. Later retitled simply Richard Jewell, Eastwood directed and produced the film, through Warner Bros., his tenth straight film with the company. Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio were originally set to star in the film, ultimately serving only as producers.[280][281] The film stars Paul Walter Hauser in the titular role, along with Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, and Olivia Wilde in supporting roles. Filming began on June 24, 2019, and Richard Jewell was released on December 13, 2019.


Beginning with the thriller Play Misty for Me, Eastwood has directed over 30 films, including Westerns, action films, and dramas. He is one of few top Hollywood actors to have also become a critically and commercially successful director. The New Yorker's David Denby wrote that, unlike Eastwood,[282]

John Ford appeared in just a few silent films; Howard Hawks never acted in movies. Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, James Stewart, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, Steve McQueen, and Sean Connery never directed a feature. John Wayne directed only twice, and badly; ditto Burt Lancaster. Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford, Robert De Niro, and Sean Penn have directed a few movies each, with mixed commercial and artistic success.

From the very early days of his career Eastwood was frustrated by directors' insistence that scenes be re-shot multiple times and perfected, and when he began directing in 1970, he made a conscious attempt to avoid any aspects of directing he had been indifferent to as an actor. As a result, Eastwood is renowned for his efficient film directing and ability to reduce filming time and control budgets. He usually avoids actors' rehearsing and prefers to complete most scenes on the first take.[283][284] Eastwood's rapid filmmaking practices have been compared to those of Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard, and the Coen brothers. When acting in others' films he sometimes takes over directing, such as for The Outlaw Josey Wales, if he believes production is too slow.[282] In preparation for filming Eastwood rarely uses storyboards for developing the layout of a shooting schedule.[285][286][287] He also attempts to reduce script background details on characters to allow the audience to become more involved in the film,[288] considering their imagination a requirement for a film that connects with viewers.[288][289] Eastwood has indicated that he lays out a film's plot to provide the audience with necessary details, but not "so much that it insults their intelligence."[290]

According to Life magazine, "Eastwood's style is to shoot first and act afterward. He etches his characters virtually without words. He has developed the art of underplaying to the point that anyone around him who so much as flinches looks hammily histrionic."[291] Interviewers Richard Thompson and Tim Hunter commented that Eastwood's films are "superbly paced: unhurried; cool; and [give] a strong sense of real time, regardless of the speed of the narrative"[292] while Ric Gentry considers Eastwood's pacing "unrushed and relaxed."[293] Eastwood is fond of low-key lighting and back-lighting to give his movies a "noir-ish" feel.[284][294]

Eastwood's frequent exploration of ethical values has drawn the attention of scholars, who have explored Eastwood's work from ethical and theological perspectives, including his portrayal of justice, mercy, suicide and the angel of death.[295]

Personal life

Relationships, marriages, affairs and children

Main article: Personal life of Clint Eastwood Locke and Eastwood, 1975

Eastwood has had numerous casual and serious relationships of varying length and intensity over his life, many of which overlapped. Shortly after he met future wife Maggie Johnson on a blind date in spring 1953,[54] Eastwood had a relationship that resulted in a daughter, Laurie (born 1954), who was adopted by Clyde and Helen Warren of Seattle.[296][297][298][299][300] Although the identity of Laurie's biological mother is not publicly known, biographer Patrick McGilligan said she belonged to a theatre group Eastwood participated in.[c] Eastwood continued having affairs while married to Johnson, including a 1959 to 1973 liaison with stuntwoman Roxanne Tunis that produced a daughter, Kimber (born 1964).[301][302]

Johnson evidently tolerated the open marriage with Eastwood,[303][304] and eventually they had two children, Kyle (born 1968) and Alison (born 1972). In 1975, married actress Sondra Locke began living with Eastwood. Locke claimed that Eastwood sang "She Made Me Monogamous" to her[302][305] and confided he'd "never been in love before."[41][306] Nine years into their cohabitation, Eastwood officially divorced Maggie Johnson,[307] but Locke remained married to husband Gordon Anderson for the rest of her life.[d]

In an unpublicized affair, Eastwood sired two legally fatherless[41][312][313][314] children, Scott (born 1986) and Kathryn (born 1988) with Jacelyn Reeves, a flight attendant.[315] When Locke and Eastwood separated in 1989, Locke filed a palimony lawsuit. In the early to mid-1990s, Eastwood had a relationship with actress Frances Fisher that produced a daughter, Francesca (born 1993).[316] Eastwood was married for the second time to news anchor Dina Ruiz in 1996, who gave birth to their daughter Morgan that same year.[317] Ruiz and Eastwood's marriage lasted until 2013. He has been seen with other women since then.

Eastwood refuses to confirm his exact number of offspring.[4][5][12][318][319]


Eastwood's California real estate portfolio includes a 15,000-square-foot compound in Carmel-by-the-Sea,[320][321] a 6,136-square-foot house in Bel-Air,[322][323] the 1,067.5 acre Rising River Ranch in Burney,[324] an apartment in Burbank,[325] as well as a large but understated house located next door to his longtime primary Bel-Air residence.[326][327] Eastwood also owns a 5,700-square-foot house in Sun Valley, Idaho[328][329] and a 1.5-acre, oceanfront property in Maui, Hawaii.[330]

He previously occupied homes in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Tiburon and Pebble Beach.[331][332]

Health and leisure activities

Eastwood playing golf at a charity fundraising event in 2015

Eastwood has held a lifelong distaste for tobacco and tobacco companies, and only smokes when required to do so by a film role. He has also been conscious of his health and fitness since he was a teenager, and practices healthy eating and daily Transcendental Meditation.[333][334][335]

He opened an old English-inspired pub called the Hog's Breath Inn in Carmel in 1971.[336] Eastwood sold the pub in 1999 and now owns the Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea.[337][338]

He is an avid golfer and owns the Tehama Golf Club. He is an investor in the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links west of Carmel and donates his time to charitable causes at major tournaments.[337][339][340] Eastwood is an FAA licensed fixed wing and rotary craft private pilot and often flies his helicopter to the studios to avoid traffic.[341][342]

Spiritual beliefs

In 1973, Eastwood told the film critic Gene Siskel, "No, I don't believe in God."[343] Eastwood has said that he finds spirituality in nature (as suggested by his Western, Pale Rider, 1985), stating that "I was born during the Depression and I was brought up with no specific church. We moved every four or five months during the first 14 years of my life, so I was sent to a different church depending on wherever we lived. Most of them were Protestant, but I went to other churches because my parents wanted me to try to figure out things for myself. They always said, 'I just want to expose you to some religious order and see if that's something you like'. So although my religious training was not really specific, I do feel spiritual things. If I stand on the side of the Grand Canyon and look down, it moves me in some way."[344]

"Of course, it would be wonderful to talk with my parents again, who are, of course, deceased. It makes the idea of death much less scary. But then again, if you think that nothing happens after you die, maybe it makes you live life better. Maybe you're supposed to do the best you can by the gift you're given of life and that alone."[344]

Other personal interests

The Hog's Breath Inn in Carmel, once owned by Eastwood

Eastwood has been conscious of his health and fitness since he was a teenager, and practices healthful eating habits. As a young man making a name for himself during the production of Rawhide, Eastwood would be featured in magazines and journals, which often documented his health-conscious lifestyle. In the August 1959 edition of TV Guide, for example, Eastwood was photographed doing push-ups. He gave tips on fitness and nutrition, telling people to eat plenty of fruit and raw vegetables, to take vitamins, and to avoid sugar-loaded beverages, excessive alcohol, and overloading on carbohydrates.[333]

On July 21, 1970, Eastwood's father died of a heart attack at the age of 64.[120] The death, described by Fritz Manes as "the only bad thing that ever happened to him in his life", came as a shock to Eastwood, since his grandfather had lived to be 92. It had a profound impact on Eastwood's life; from then on he became more productive, working with a greater sense of urgency and with more speed and efficiency on set.[121] Although Eastwood had always been a health and fitness enthusiast, he became more so after his father's death. He abstained from hard liquor, adopted a more rigorous health regime, and sought to stay fit.[121] However, he still favored cold beer and opened a pub called the Hog's Breath Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1971.[336] Eastwood eventually sold the pub and now owns the Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant, also located in Carmel-by-the-Sea.[345]

In 1975, Eastwood publicly proclaimed his participation in Transcendental Meditation when he appeared on The Merv Griffin Show with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation.[346] He has meditated every morning for years.[347]


With Louis Gossett Jr. and President Ronald Reagan in July 1987 Main article: Political life of Clint Eastwood

Eastwood is a former Republican, albeit one who has sometimes supported Democrats, and has long shown an interest in California politics; he is currently a registered Libertarian.[348] He won election as the nonpartisan mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California in April 1986. In 2001, Governor Gray Davis appointed him to the California State Park and Recreation Commission, where he led opposition to an extension of the toll six-lane 26-kilometre (16mi) freeway extension of California State Route 241 through San Onofre State Beach.[349] Eastwood endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. He delivered a prime time address at the 2012 Republican National Convention, where he drew attention for a speech he delivered to an empty chair representing President Barack Obama, which he later regretted.[350] On February 22, 2020, Eastwood announced that he would be endorsing Democrat Mike Bloomberg in the 2020 presidential election. "The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there" Eastwood said. Eastwood said that he wishes that Trump would act "in a more genteel way, without tweeting and calling people names. I would personally like for him to not bring himself to that level."[351]

Musical interests

See also: Clint Eastwood discography

Eastwood is an audiophile and owns an extensive collection of LPs which he plays on a Rockport turntable. He has had a strong passion for music all his life, particularly jazz and country and western music.[352] He dabbled in music early on by developing as a boogie-woogie pianist and had originally intended to pursue a career in music by studying for a music theory degree after graduating from high school. In late 1959 he produced the album Cowboy Favorites, released on the Cameo label,[352] which included some classics such as Bob Wills's "San Antonio Rose" and Cole Porter's "Don't Fence Me In". Despite his attempts to plug the album by going on a tour, it never reached the Billboard Hot 100.[352] In 1963, Cameo producer Kal Mann told him that "he would never make it big as a singer".[353] Nevertheless, during the off season of filming Rawhide, Eastwood and Paul Brinegar sometimes joined by Sheb Wooley toured rodeos, state fairs, and festivals. In 1962, their act, entitled Amusement Business Cavalcade of Fairs, earned them as much as $15,000 a performance.[353] Eastwood has his own Warner Bros. Records-distributed imprint, Malpaso Records, as part of his deal with Warner Brothers. This deal was unchanged when Warner Music Group was sold by Time Warner to private investors.[354] Malpaso Records, which has released all of the scores of Eastwood's films from The Bridges of Madison County onward. Malpaso Records has also released the album of a 1996 jazz concert he hosted, titled Eastwood after Hours Live at Carnegie Hall.

Eastwood favors jazz (especially bebop), blues, classic rhythm and blues, classical, and country-and-western music; his favorite musicians include saxophonists Charlie Parker and Lester Young, pianists Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, and Fats Waller, and Delta bluesman Robert Johnson.[355] He is also a pianist and composer.[352] Jazz has played an important role in Eastwood's life from a young age and, although he never made it as a professional musician, he passed on the influence to his son Kyle Eastwood, a jazz bassist and composer.

Eastwood composed the film scores of Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Grace Is Gone, Changeling, Hereafter, J. Edgar, and the original piano compositions for In the Line of Fire. He wrote and performed the song heard over the credits of Gran Torino[337] and also co-wrote "Why Should I Care" with Linda Thompson and Carole Bayer Sager, a song recorded in 1999 by Diana Krall.[354]

The music in Grace Is Gone received two Golden Globe nominations by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 65th Golden Globe Awards. Eastwood was nominated for Best Original Score, while the song "Grace is Gone" with music by Eastwood and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager was nominated for Best Original Song.[356] It won the Satellite Award for Best Song at the 12th Satellite Awards. Changeling was nominated for Best Score at the 14th Critics' Choice Awards, Best Original Score at the 66th Golden Globe Awards, and Best Music at the 35th Saturn Awards. On September 22, 2007, Eastwood was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music at the Monterey Jazz Festival, on which he serves as an active board member. Upon receiving the award he gave a speech claiming, "It's one of the great honors I'll cherish in this lifetime."[357]


Main article: Clint Eastwood filmography

Eastwood has contributed to over 50films over his career as actor, director, producer, and composer.[358] He has acted in several television series, including his co-starring role in Rawhide.[359] He started directing in 1971, and made his debut as a producer in 1982, with Firefox, though he had been functioning as uncredited producer on all of his Malpaso Company films since Hang 'Em High in 1968. Eastwood also has contributed music to his films, either through performing, writing, or composing. He has mainly starred in western, action, and drama films. According to the box officerevenue tracking website Box Office Mojo, films featuring Eastwood have grossed a total of more than $1.81billion domestically, with an average of $38.6million per film.[360]

Awards and honors

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Clint Eastwood

Eastwood has been recognized with multiple awards and nominations for his work in film, television, and music. His widest reception has been in film work, for which he has received Academy Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and People's Choice Awards, among others. Eastwood is one of only two people to have been twice nominated for Best Actor and Best Director for the same film (Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby) the other being Warren Beatty (Heaven Can Wait and Reds). Along with Beatty, Robert Redford, Richard Attenborough, Kevin Costner, and Mel Gibson, he is one of the few directors best known as an actor to win an Academy Award for directing. On February 27, 2005, he became one of only three living directors (along with Milos Forman and Francis Ford Coppola) to have directed two Best Picture winners.[361] At the age of 74, he was the oldest recipient of the Academy Award for Best Director to date. Eastwood has directed five actors in Academy Award-winning performances: Gene Hackman in Unforgiven, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn in Mystic River, and Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby.

On August 22, 1984, Eastwood was honored at a ceremony at Grauman's Chinese theater to record his hand and footprints in cement.[362] Eastwood received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1996, and received an honorary degree from AFI in 2009. On December 6, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Eastwood into the California Hall of Fame located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts.[363]

In early 2007, Eastwood was presented with the highest civilian distinction in France, Legion d'honneur, at a ceremony in Paris. French President Jacques Chirac told Eastwood that he embodied "the best of Hollywood."[364] In October 2009, he was honored by the Lumiere Award (in honor of the Lumiere Brothers, inventors of the Cinematograph) during the first edition of the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France. This award honors his entire career and his major contribution to the 7th Art. In February 2010, Eastwood was recognized by President Barack Obama with an arts and humanities award. Obama described Eastwood's films as "essays in individuality, hard truths and the essence of what it means to be American."[365]

Eastwood has also been awarded at least three honorary degrees from universities and colleges, including an honorary degree from the University of the Pacific in 2006, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Southern California on May 27, 2007, and an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 22, 2007.[366][367]

On July 22, 2009, Eastwood was honored by Emperor Akihito of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, 3rd class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contributions to the enhancement of JapanUnited States relations.[368]

Eastwood won the Golden Pine lifetime achievement award at the 2013 International Samobor Film Music Festival, along with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Gerald Fried.[369]

Year Film Academy Awards BAFTA Awards Golden Globe Awards Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins 1971 Play Misty for Me 1 1973 Breezy 3 1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales 1 1986 Heartbreak Ridge 1 1988 Bird 1 1 2 3 1 1992 Unforgiven 9 4 6 1 4 2 1995 The Bridges of Madison County 1 2 2000 Space Cowboys 1 2003 Mystic River 6 2 4 5 2 2004 Million Dollar Baby 7 4 5 2 2006 Flags of Our Fathers 2 1 Letters from Iwo Jima 4 1 1 1 2008 Changeling 3 8 2 Gran Torino 1 2009 Invictus 2 3 2010 Hereafter 1 2011 J. Edgar 1 2014 American Sniper 6 1 2 2016 Sully 1 2018 The Mule 2019 Richard Jewell 1 1 Total 41 13 22 1 33 8


^ It is not clear how many children Eastwood has fathered. When Steve Kroft asked him "How many do you have?" in a November 16, 1997 segment on 60 Minutes, he said, without further elaboration, "I have a few."[4] In a January 14, 2009 interview on Late Show with David Letterman, David Letterman said to Eastwood, "You have uhis it seven children?" to which he replied "Uh, at least."[5][6] Furthermore, Eastwood's daughter Alison stated in an August 7, 2011 article in The Sunday Times: "My dad has eight children by six women."[7] However, until December 2018 (when eight children were photographed together)[8] only seven children by five women were accounted for.[9] ^ There have been wide discrepancies in the media as to how many children Eastwood has:
  • May 1989 articles from the Los Angeles Times[10] and People magazine,[11] both error-ridden (e.g., Locke's age) cite Eastwood as having only two children.
  • According to Playboy, "the number is unconfirmed and Eastwood is reticent about the issue."[12]
  • A March 1999 People article[13] mentions in passing that Eastwood has five children.
  • Only four children are acknowledged in Eastwood's October 2003 episode of Biography. Lack of mention of Eastwood's daughter by Roxanne Tunis and his two children by Jacelyn Reeves was noted in a review by The Dallas Morning News.[14]
  • The October 2012 issue of Esquire[15] says Eastwood "is father to seven children by five different women."
  • In French documentary L'album secret de Clint Eastwood (2012), biographer Patrick McGilligan says on camera, "We don't know how many children Clint has had with how many women" and proceeds to list seven of Eastwood's offspring before adding, "I heard of other possibilities ... One was when he was still in high school."[16]
  • An October 2013 CNN news report[17] succinctly states "He's had eight children total by six women."
  • Although a story posted on People's website in September 2013 says Eastwood has eight children,[18] the magazine gave a count of seven in its April 20, 2015 issue.[19] A June 2016 Los Angeles Times article counts eight children.[20]
^ In a December 2018 interview with the Daily Mail, Eastwood's grandson Lowell Thomas Murray IV said his yet-to-be-identified maternal grandmother "never told Eastwood she was pregnant or spoke to him again. It was clear he had no idea, so to make him look like a bad guy is inaccurate."[297] This notion is expressly refuted by Patrick McGilligan, who insists that Eastwood knew he had got a woman from Washington state pregnant andaccording to McGilligan's "impeccable" sourceshad told friends he suspected he might have a child there.[300] The publication notes that neither Eastwood or his representatives would respond to requests for clarification. ^ Locke's 51-year marriage to sculptor Gordon Leigh Anderson was never consummated, according to court testimony.[308][309] Anderson is openly gay.[310][311]

See also

  • List of oldest living Academy Award winners


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  • Canby, Vincent; Maslin, Janet; Nichols, Peter (1999). The New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made. New York: Times Books. ISBN0-8129-3001-0.
  • Cardullo, Bert (2010). Screen Writings: Genres, Classics, and Aesthetics. Anthem Press. ISBN978-1-84331-837-8.
  • Eliot, Marc (2009). American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood. New York: Harmony Books. ISBN978-0-307-33688-0.
  • Emery, Robert J. (2003). The Directors: Take 3. Allworth Press. ISBN1-58115-245-0.
  • Fitzgerald, Michael G.; Magers, Boyd (2002). Ladies of the Western: Interviews With Fifty-One More Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN0-7864-1140-6.
  • Frank, Alan (1982). Clint Eastwood: Screen Greats. New York: Exeter. ISBN0-89673-135-9.
  • Frayling, Christopher (1992). Clint Eastwood. London: Virgin. ISBN0-86369-307-5.
  • Gallafent, Edward (1994). Clint Eastwood. New York: Continuum. ISBN0-8264-0665-3.
  • Hughes, Howard (2009). Aim for the Heart. London: I.B. Tauris. ISBN978-1-84511-902-7.
  • Johnston, Robert K. (2007). Reframing Theology and Film: New Focus for an Emerging Discipline. Baker Academic. ISBN978-0-8010-3240-0.
  • Kapsis, Robert E.; Coblentz, Kathie, ed. (1999). Clint Eastwood: Interviews. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN1-57806-070-2.
  • Kitses, Jim (2004). Horizons West. British Film Institute. ISBN1-84457-050-9.
  • Lichtenfeld, Eric (2007). Action Speaks Louder. Middletown, CN: Wesleyan University Press. ISBN978-0-8195-6801-4.
  • Lloyd, Ann; Robinson, David (1987). The Illustrated History of the Cinema. New York: Macmillan. ISBN0-02-919241-2.
  • Locke, Sondra (1997). The Good, the Bad & the Very Ugly A Hollywood Journey. New York: William Morrow and Company. ISBN978-0-688-15462-2.
  • Mathijs, Ernest; Mendik, Xavier (2004). Alternative Europe: Eurotrash and Exploitation Cinema Since 1945. Wallflower Press. ISBN978-1-903364-93-2.
  • McGilligan, Patrick (2015). Clint: The Life and Legend (updated and revised). New York: OR Books. ISBN978-1-939293-96-1.
  • Mercer, Jane (1975). Great Lovers of the Movies. New York: Crescent Books. ISBN0-517-13126-9.
  • Munn, Michael (1992). Clint Eastwood: Hollywood's Loner. London: Robson. ISBN978-0-86051-790-0.
  • Oates, Bob (1976). Celebrating the Dawn: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the TM Technique. New York: Putnam. ISBN0-399-11815-2.
  • O'Brien, Daniel (1996). Clint Eastwood: Film-Maker. London: B.T. Batsford. ISBN0-7134-7839-X.
  • Ivy Press (2005). Heritage Vintage Movie Poster Signature Auction 2005 Catalog #624. Heritage Capital Corporation. ISBN978-1-59967-004-1.
  • Roberts, James B.; Skutt, Alexander (2006). The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book. Ithaca, NY: McBooks Press. ISBN1-59013-121-5.
  • Rogin, Michael Paul (1988). Ronald Reagan, the Movie and Other Episodes in Political Demonology. University of California Press. ISBN978-0-520-06469-0.
  • Schickel, Richard (1996). Clint Eastwood: A Biography. New York: Knopf. ISBN978-0-679-42974-6.
  • Slocum, J. David (2001). Violence and American Cinema. AFI film readers. New York: Routledge. ISBN0-415-92810-9.
  • Smith, Paul (1993). Clint Eastwood: A Cultural Production: Volume 8 of American Culture. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. ISBN0-8166-1960-3.
  • Smith, Paul (2004). "Action Movie Hysteria of Eastwood Bound". In Fischer, Lucy; Landy, Marcia (eds.). Stars: The Film Reader. London: Routledge. ISBN0-415-27893-7.
  • Stillman, Deanne (1981). Getting Back at Dad. Wideview Books. ISBN978-0-87223-725-4.
  • Sweeney, Patrick (2004). The Gun Digest Book of Smith & Wesson. Gun Digest Books. ISBN978-0-87349-792-3.
  • Verlhac, Pierre-Henri; Bogdanovich, Peter (2008). Clint Eastwood: A Life in Pictures. Chronicle Books. ISBN978-0-8118-6154-0.
  • Zmijewsky, Boris; Lee Pfeiffer (1982). The Films of Clint Eastwood. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press. ISBN0-8065-0863-9.

Further reading

  • Cornell, Drucilla (2009). Clint Eastwood and Issues of American Masculinity. Fordham University Press. ISBN978-0-8232-3013-6.
  • Engel, Leonard (2007). Clint Eastwood, Actor and Director: New Perspectives. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. ISBN978-0-87480-900-8.
  • Gabbard, Glen O. (2001). Psychoanalysis and Film. International Journal of Psychoanalysis Key Papers Series. London; New York: Karnac Books. ISBN1-85575-275-1.
  • Grunert, Andrea (2016). Dictionnaire Clint Eastwood. Paris: Vendemiaire. ISBN978-2-36358-243-0.
  • Johnstone, Iain (2007). The Man with No Name: The Biography of Clint Eastwood. London: Plexus. ISBN978-0-85965-026-7.
  • Thompson, Douglas (2005). Clint Eastwood: Billion Dollar Man. London: John Blake. ISBN978-1-85782-572-5.

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Films directed
  • Play Misty for Me (1971)
  • High Plains Drifter (1973)
  • Breezy (1973)
  • The Eiger Sanction (1975)
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
  • The Gauntlet (1977)
  • Bronco Billy (1980)
  • Firefox (1982)
  • Honkytonk Man (1982)
  • Sudden Impact (1983)
  • Pale Rider (1985)
  • Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
  • Bird (1988)
  • White Hunter Black Heart (1990)
  • The Rookie (1990)
  • Unforgiven (1992)
  • A Perfect World (1993)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  • Absolute Power (1997)
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
  • True Crime (1999)
  • Space Cowboys (2000)
  • Blood Work (2002)
  • Piano Blues (2003)
  • Mystic River (2003)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
  • Changeling (2008)
  • Gran Torino (2008)
  • Invictus (2009)
  • Hereafter (2010)
  • J. Edgar (2011)
  • Jersey Boys (2014)
  • American Sniper (2014)
  • Sully (2016)
  • The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
  • The Mule (2018)
  • Richard Jewell (2019)
  • Personal life
  • Dina Ruiz (second wife)
  • Kyle Eastwood (son)
  • Alison Eastwood (daughter)
  • Scott Eastwood (son)
  • Francesca Eastwood (daughter)
  • Sondra Locke
  • Political life
  • Malpaso Productions
  • Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall (1997 album)
  • "Bar Room Buddies"
  • "Clint Eastwood (song)"
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Academy Award for Best Director19271950
  • Frank Borzage (1927)
  • Lewis Milestone (1928)
  • Frank Lloyd (1929)
  • Lewis Milestone (1930)
  • Norman Taurog (1931)
  • Frank Borzage (1932)
  • Frank Lloyd (1933)
  • Frank Capra (1934)
  • John Ford (1935)
  • Frank Capra (1936)
  • Leo McCarey (1937)
  • Frank Capra (1938)
  • Victor Fleming (1939)
  • John Ford (1940)
  • John Ford (1941)
  • William Wyler (1942)
  • Michael Curtiz (1943)
  • Leo McCarey (1944)
  • Billy Wilder (1945)
  • William Wyler (1946)
  • Elia Kazan (1947)
  • John Huston (1948)
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1949)
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950)
  • George Stevens (1951)
  • John Ford (1952)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1953)
  • Elia Kazan (1954)
  • Delbert Mann (1955)
  • George Stevens (1956)
  • David Lean (1957)
  • Vincente Minnelli (1958)
  • William Wyler (1959)
  • Billy Wilder (1960)
  • Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise (1961)
  • David Lean (1962)
  • Tony Richardson (1963)
  • George Cukor (1964)
  • Robert Wise (1965)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1966)
  • Mike Nichols (1967)
  • Carol Reed (1968)
  • John Schlesinger (1969)
  • Franklin J. Schaffner (1970)
  • William Friedkin (1971)
  • Bob Fosse (1972)
  • George Roy Hill (1973)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1974)
  • Milos Forman (1975)
  • John G. Avildsen (1976)
  • Woody Allen (1977)
  • Michael Cimino (1978)
  • Robert Benton (1979)
  • Robert Redford (1980)
  • Warren Beatty (1981)
  • Richard Attenborough (1982)
  • James L. Brooks (1983)
  • Milos Forman (1984)
  • Sydney Pollack (1985)
  • Oliver Stone (1986)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci (1987)
  • Barry Levinson (1988)
  • Oliver Stone (1989)
  • Kevin Costner (1990)
  • Jonathan Demme (1991)
  • Clint Eastwood (1992)
  • Steven Spielberg (1993)
  • Robert Zemeckis (1994)
  • Mel Gibson (1995)
  • Anthony Minghella (1996)
  • James Cameron (1997)
  • Steven Spielberg (1998)
  • Sam Mendes (1999)
  • Steven Soderbergh (2000)
  • Ron Howard (2001)
  • Roman Polanski (2002)
  • Peter Jackson (2003)
  • Clint Eastwood (2004)
  • Ang Lee (2005)
  • Martin Scorsese (2006)
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007)
  • Danny Boyle (2008)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (2009)
  • Tom Hooper (2010)
  • Michel Hazanavicius (2011)
  • Ang Lee (2012)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2013)
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu (2014)
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu (2015)
  • Damien Chazelle (2016)
  • Guillermo del Toro (2017)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2018)
  • Bong Joon-ho (2019)
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AFI Life Achievement Award
  • John Ford (1973)
  • James Cagney (1974)
  • Orson Welles (1975)
  • William Wyler (1976)
  • Bette Davis (1977)
  • Henry Fonda (1978)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1979)
  • James Stewart (1980)
  • Fred Astaire (1981)
  • Frank Capra (1982)
  • John Huston (1983)
  • Lillian Gish (1984)
  • Gene Kelly (1985)
  • Billy Wilder (1986)
  • Barbara Stanwyck (1987)
  • Jack Lemmon (1988)
  • Gregory Peck (1989)
  • David Lean (1990)
  • Kirk Douglas (1991)
  • Sidney Poitier (1992)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (1993)
  • Jack Nicholson (1994)
  • Steven Spielberg (1995)
  • Clint Eastwood (1996)
  • Martin Scorsese (1997)
  • Robert Wise (1998)
  • Dustin Hoffman (1999)
  • Harrison Ford (2000)
  • Barbra Streisand (2001)
  • Tom Hanks (2002)
  • Robert De Niro (2003)
  • Meryl Streep (2004)
  • George Lucas (2005)
  • Sean Connery (2006)
  • Al Pacino (2007)
  • Warren Beatty (2008)
  • Michael Douglas (2009)
  • Mike Nichols (2010)
  • Morgan Freeman (2011)
  • Shirley MacLaine (2012)
  • Mel Brooks (2013)
  • Jane Fonda (2014)
  • Steve Martin (2015)
  • John Williams (2016)
  • Diane Keaton (2017)
  • George Clooney (2018)
  • Denzel Washington (2019)
  • Julie Andrews (2020)
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BFI Fellowship recipients
  • Marcel Carne / David Lean / Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger / Satyajit Ray / Orson Welles (1983)
  • Sidney Bernstein (1984)
  • John Brabourne / Laurence Olivier (1985)
  • Jeremy Isaacs / Deborah Kerr / Akira Kurosawa / Dilys Powell (1986)
  • Dirk Bogarde / Bette Davis / Elem Klimov (1987)
  • Graham Greene / Vanessa Redgrave / Anthony Smith (1988)
  • Peggy Ashcroft / Gerard Depardieu / David Francis (1989)
  • Derek Jarman / Krzysztof Kieslowski / Jeanne Moreau / Fred Zinnemann (1990)
  • Alec Guinness / Leslie Hardcastle (1991)
  • Richard Attenborough / Maggie Smith (1992)
  • Clint Eastwood / Denis Forman / Maureen O'Hara (1993)
  • Nicolas Roeg / Jean Simmons (1994)
  • Michelangelo Antonioni / John Mills / Martin Scorsese / Robert Wise (1995)
  • Michael Caine / Ken Loach (1996)
  • Michael Parkinson / Lynda La Plante / Verity Lambert / David Puttnam / Sydney Samuelson / Thelma Schoonmaker / Alan Yentob (1997)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci / Jeremy Thomas (1998)
  • John Paul Getty Jr. (1999)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (2000)
  • Robert Altman / Lewis Gilbert (2001)
  • Jack Cardiff / Bob Weinstein (2002)
  • Abbas Kiarostami / Mike Leigh / Ousmane Sembene (2005)
  • Terence Davies (2007)
  • Souleymane Cisse / John Hurt / Ridley Scott (2009)
  • Danny Boyle / David Rose (2010)
  • Isabelle Huppert / Judi Dench / Ralph Fiennes / David Cronenberg (2011)
  • Bryan Forbes / Helena Bonham Carter / Tim Burton / Richard Lester (2012)
  • Philip French / Christopher Lee / John Boorman (2013)
  • Al Pacino / Stephen Frears (2014)
  • Mel Brooks / Cate Blanchett (2015)
  • Hugh Grant / Greg Dyke / Steve McQueen (2016)
  • Peter Morgan / Paul Greengrass (2017)
  • Olivia Colman (2019)
  • Amanda Nevill / Tilda Swinton (2020)
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Britannia AwardsExcellence in Film
  • Albert R. Broccoli (1989)
  • Michael Caine (1990)
  • Peter Ustinov (1992)
  • Martin Scorsese (1993)
  • Anthony Hopkins (1995)
  • Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein (1996)
  • Dustin Hoffman (1997)
  • John Travolta (1998)
  • Stanley Kubrick (1999)
  • Steven Spielberg (2000)
  • George Lucas (2002)
  • Hugh Grant (2003)
  • Tom Hanks (2004)
  • Tom Cruise (2005)
  • Clint Eastwood (2006)
  • Denzel Washington (2007)
  • Sean Penn (2008)
  • Robert De Niro (2009)
  • Jeff Bridges (2010)
  • Warren Beatty (2011)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (2012)
  • George Clooney (2013)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (2014)
  • Meryl Streep (2015)
  • Jodie Foster (2016)
  • Matt Damon (2017)
  • Cate Blanchett (2018)
  • Jane Fonda (2019)
Excellence in Directing
  • Peter Weir (2003)
  • Jim Sheridan (2004)
  • Mike Newell (2005)
  • Anthony Minghella (2006)
  • Martin Campbell (2007)
  • Stephen Frears (2008)
  • Danny Boyle (2009)
  • Christopher Nolan (2010)
  • David Yates (2011)
  • Quentin Tarantino (2012)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (2013)
  • Mike Leigh (2014)
  • Sam Mendes (2015)
  • Ang Lee (2016)
  • Ava DuVernay (2017)
  • Steve McQueen (2018)
  • Jordan Peele (2019)
Worldwide Contribution to
  • Howard Stringer (2003)
  • Kirk Douglas (2009)
  • Ridley Scott & Tony Scott (2010)
  • John Lasseter (2011)
  • Will Wright (2012)
  • Ben Kingsley (2013)
  • Judi Dench (2014)
  • Harrison Ford (2015)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (2016)
  • Kenneth Branagh (2017)
  • Kevin Feige (2018)
  • Jackie Chan (2019)
British Artist of the Year
  • Rachel Weisz (2006)
  • Kate Winslet (2007)
  • Tilda Swinton (2008)
  • Emily Blunt (2009)
  • Michael Sheen (2010)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (2011)
  • Daniel Craig (2012)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (2013)
  • Emma Watson (2014)
  • James Corden (2015)
  • Felicity Jones (2016)
  • Claire Foy (2017)
  • Emilia Clarke (2018)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (2019)
Excellence in Comedy
  • Betty White (2010)
  • Ben Stiller (2011)
  • Trey Parker and Matt Stone (2012)
  • Sacha Baron Cohen (2013)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2014)
  • Amy Schumer (2015)
  • Ricky Gervais (2016)
  • Aziz Ansari (2017)
  • Jim Carrey (2018)
  • Steve Coogan (2019)
Excellence in Television
  • Aaron Spelling (1999)
  • HBO Original Programming (2002)
  • Dick Van Dyke (2017)
  • Damian Lewis (2018)
  • Norman Lear (2019)
Humanitarian Award
  • Richard Curtis (2007)
  • Don Cheadle (2008)
  • Colin Firth (2009)
  • Idris Elba (2013)
  • Mark Ruffalo (2014)
  • Orlando Bloom (2015)
  • Ewan McGregor (2016)
Retired Awards
  • BBC (1999)
  • Tarsem Singh (1999)
  • Angela Lansbury (2003)
  • Helen Mirren (2004)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (2005)
  • Ronald Neame (2005)
  • Sidney Poitier (2006)
  • Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne (2007)
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Cecil B. DeMille Award1950s
  • Cecil B. DeMille (1952)
  • Walt Disney (1953)
  • Darryl F. Zanuck (1954)
  • Jean Hersholt (1955)
  • Jack L. Warner (1956)
  • Mervyn LeRoy (1957)
  • Buddy Adler (1958)
  • Maurice Chevalier (1959)
  • Bing Crosby (1960)
  • Fred Astaire (1961)
  • Judy Garland (1962)
  • Bob Hope (1963)
  • Joseph E. Levine (1964)
  • James Stewart (1965)
  • John Wayne (1966)
  • Charlton Heston (1967)
  • Kirk Douglas (1968)
  • Gregory Peck (1969)
  • Joan Crawford (1970)
  • Frank Sinatra (1971)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1972)
  • Samuel Goldwyn (1973)
  • Bette Davis (1974)
  • Hal B. Wallis (1975)
  • Walter Mirisch (1977)
  • Red Skelton (1978)
  • Lucille Ball (1979)
  • Henry Fonda (1980)
  • Gene Kelly (1981)
  • Sidney Poitier (1982)
  • Laurence Olivier (1983)
  • Paul Newman (1984)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (1985)
  • Barbara Stanwyck (1986)
  • Anthony Quinn (1987)
  • Clint Eastwood (1988)
  • Doris Day (1989)
  • Audrey Hepburn (1990)
  • Jack Lemmon (1991)
  • Robert Mitchum (1992)
  • Lauren Bacall (1993)
  • Robert Redford (1994)
  • Sophia Loren (1995)
  • Sean Connery (1996)
  • Dustin Hoffman (1997)
  • Shirley MacLaine (1998)
  • Jack Nicholson (1999)
  • Barbra Streisand (2000)
  • Al Pacino (2001)
  • Harrison Ford (2002)
  • Gene Hackman (2003)
  • Michael Douglas (2004)
  • Robin Williams (2005)
  • Anthony Hopkins (2006)
  • Warren Beatty (2007)
  • Steven Spielberg (2009)
  • Martin Scorsese (2010)
  • Robert De Niro (2011)
  • Morgan Freeman (2012)
  • Jodie Foster (2013)
  • Woody Allen (2014)
  • George Clooney (2015)
  • Denzel Washington (2016)
  • Meryl Streep (2017)
  • Oprah Winfrey (2018)
  • Jeff Bridges (2019)
  • Tom Hanks (2020)
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David O. Selznick Achievement Award
  • Hal Roach (1989)
  • Stanley Kramer (1990)
  • Pandro S. Berman (1991)
  • David Brown / Richard D. Zanuck (1992)
  • Saul Zaentz (1993)
  • Howard W. Koch (1994)
  • Walter Mirisch (1995)
  • Billy Wilder (1996)
  • Clint Eastwood (1997)
  • Steven Bochco (1998)
  • Jerry Bruckheimer (1999)
  • Brian Grazer (2000)
  • Lawrence Gordon (2001)
  • Robert Evans (2002)
  • Dino De Laurentiis (2003)
  • Laura Ziskin (2004)
  • Roger Corman (2005)
  • Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher (2006)
  • Kathleen Kennedy / Frank Marshall (2007)
  • Michael Douglas (2008)
  • John Lasseter (2009)
  • Scott Rudin (2010)
  • Steven Spielberg (2011)
  • Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan (2012)
  • Barbara Broccoli / Michael G. Wilson (2013)
  • Gale Anne Hurd (2014)
  • David Heyman (2015)
  • Irwin Winkler (2016)
  • Charles Roven (2017)
  • Kevin Feige (2018)
  • Dede Gardner / Jeremy Kleiner / Brad Pitt (2019)
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Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing Feature Film19481975
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1948)
  • Robert Rossen (1949)
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1950)
  • George Stevens (1951)
  • John Ford (1952)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1953)
  • Elia Kazan (1954)
  • Delbert Mann (1955)
  • George Stevens (1956)
  • David Lean (1957)
  • Vincente Minnelli (1958)
  • William Wyler (1959)
  • Billy Wilder (1960)
  • Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise (1961)
  • David Lean (1962)
  • Tony Richardson (1963)
  • George Cukor (1964)
  • Robert Wise (1965)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1966)
  • Mike Nichols (1967)
  • Anthony Harvey (1968)
  • John Schlesinger (1969)
  • Franklin J. Schaffner (1970)
  • William Friedkin (1971)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
  • George Roy Hill (1973)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1974)
  • Milos Forman (1975)
  • John G. Avildsen (1976)
  • Woody Allen (1977)
  • Michael Cimino (1978)
  • Robert Benton (1979)
  • Robert Redford (1980)
  • Warren Beatty (1981)
  • Richard Attenborough (1982)
  • James L. Brooks (1983)
  • Milos Forman (1984)
  • Steven Spielberg (1985)
  • Oliver Stone (1986)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci (1987)
  • Barry Levinson (1988)
  • Oliver Stone (1989)
  • Kevin Costner (1990)
  • Jonathan Demme (1991)
  • Clint Eastwood (1992)
  • Steven Spielberg (1993)
  • Robert Zemeckis (1994)
  • Ron Howard (1995)
  • Anthony Minghella (1996)
  • James Cameron (1997)
  • Steven Spielberg (1998)
  • Sam Mendes (1999)
  • Ang Lee (2000)
  • Ron Howard (2001)
  • Rob Marshall (2002)
  • Peter Jackson (2003)
  • Clint Eastwood (2004)
  • Ang Lee (2005)
  • Martin Scorsese (2006)
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007)
  • Danny Boyle (2008)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (2009)
  • Tom Hooper (2010)
  • Michel Hazanavicius (2011)
  • Ben Affleck (2012)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2013)
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu (2014)
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu (2015)
  • Damien Chazelle (2016)
  • Guillermo del Toro (2017)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2018)
  • Sam Mendes (2019)
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Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award Feature Film
  • Cecil B. DeMille (1952)
  • John Ford (1953)
  • Henry King (1955)
  • King Vidor (1956)
  • Frank Capra (1958)
  • George Stevens (1959)
  • Frank Borzage (1960)
  • William Wyler (1965)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1967)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1969)
  • David Lean and William A. Wellman (1972)
  • George Cukor (1980)
  • Rouben Mamoulian (1981)
  • John Huston (1982)
  • Orson Welles (1983)
  • Billy Wilder (1984)
  • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1985)
  • Elia Kazan (1986)
  • Robert Wise (1987)
  • Ingmar Bergman (1989)
  • Akira Kurosawa (1991)
  • Sidney Lumet (1992)
  • Robert Altman (1993)
  • James Ivory (1994)
  • Woody Allen (1995)
  • Stanley Kubrick (1996)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1997)
  • Steven Spielberg (1999)
  • Martin Scorsese (2002)
  • Mike Nichols (2003)
  • Clint Eastwood (2005)
  • Norman Jewison (2009)
  • Milos Forman (2012)
  • Ridley Scott (2016)
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Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute Honorees
  • Charlie Chaplin (1972)
  • Fred Astaire (1973)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1974)
  • Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman (1975)
  • George Cukor (1978)
  • Bob Hope (1979)
  • John Huston (1980)
  • Barbara Stanwyck (1981)
  • Billy Wilder (1982)
  • Laurence Olivier (1983)
  • Claudette Colbert (1984)
  • Federico Fellini (1985)
  • Elizabeth Taylor (1986)
  • Alec Guinness (1987)
  • Yves Montand (1988)
  • Bette Davis (1989)
  • James Stewart (1990)
  • Audrey Hepburn (1991)
  • Gregory Peck (1992)
  • Jack Lemmon (1993)
  • Robert Altman (1994)
  • Shirley MacLaine (1995)
  • Clint Eastwood (1996)
  • Sean Connery (1997)
  • Martin Scorsese (1998)
  • Mike Nichols (1999)
  • Al Pacino (2000)
  • Jane Fonda (2001)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (2002)
  • Susan Sarandon (2003)
  • Michael Caine (2004)
  • Dustin Hoffman (2005)
  • Jessica Lange (2006)
  • Diane Keaton (2007)
  • Meryl Streep (2008)
  • Tom Hanks (2009)
  • Michael Douglas (2010)
  • Sidney Poitier (2011)
  • Catherine Deneuve (2012)
  • Barbra Streisand (2013)
  • Rob Reiner (2014)
  • Robert Redford (2015)
  • Morgan Freeman (2016)
  • Robert De Niro (2017)
  • Helen Mirren (2018)
  • No honoree (2019)
  • Spike Lee (2020)
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Golden Globe Award for Best Director
  • Henry King (1943)
  • Leo McCarey (1944)
  • Billy Wilder (1945)
  • Frank Capra (1946)
  • Elia Kazan (1947)
  • John Huston (1948)
  • Robert Rossen (1949)
  • Billy Wilder (1950)
  • Laszlo Benedek (1951)
  • Cecil B. DeMille (1952)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1953)
  • Elia Kazan (1954)
  • Joshua Logan (1955)
  • Elia Kazan (1956)
  • David Lean (1957)
  • Vincente Minnelli (1958)
  • William Wyler (1959)
  • Jack Cardiff (1960)
  • Stanley Kramer (1961)
  • David Lean (1962)
  • Elia Kazan (1963)
  • George Cukor (1964)
  • David Lean (1965)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1966)
  • Mike Nichols (1967)
  • Paul Newman (1968)
  • Charles Jarrott (1969)
  • Arthur Hiller (1970)
  • William Friedkin (1971)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1972)
  • William Friedkin (1973)
  • Roman Polanski (1974)
  • Milos Forman (1975)
  • Sidney Lumet (1976)
  • Herbert Ross (1977)
  • Michael Cimino (1978)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1979)
  • Robert Redford (1980)
  • Warren Beatty (1981)
  • Richard Attenborough (1982)
  • Barbra Streisand (1983)
  • Milos Forman (1984)
  • John Huston (1985)
  • Oliver Stone (1986)
  • Bernardo Bertolucci (1987)
  • Clint Eastwood (1988)
  • Oliver Stone (1989)
  • Kevin Costner (1990)
  • Oliver Stone (1991)
  • Clint Eastwood (1992)
  • Steven Spielberg (1993)
  • Robert Zemeckis (1994)
  • Mel Gibson (1995)
  • Milos Forman (1996)
  • James Cameron (1997)
  • Steven Spielberg (1998)
  • Sam Mendes (1999)
  • Ang Lee (2000)
  • Robert Altman (2001)
  • Martin Scorsese (2002)
  • Peter Jackson (2003)
  • Clint Eastwood (2004)
  • Ang Lee (2005)
  • Martin Scorsese (2006)
  • Julian Schnabel (2007)
  • Danny Boyle (2008)
  • James Cameron (2009)
  • David Fincher (2010)
  • Martin Scorsese (2011)
  • Ben Affleck (2012)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2013)
  • Richard Linklater (2014)
  • Alejandro G. Inarritu (2015)
  • Damien Chazelle (2016)
  • Guillermo del Toro (2017)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2018)
  • Sam Mendes (2019)
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Hasty Pudding Men of the Year
  • Bob Hope (1967)
  • Paul Newman (1968)
  • Bill Cosby (1969)
  • Robert Redford (1970)
  • James Stewart (1971)
  • Dustin Hoffman (1972)
  • Jack Lemmon (1973)
  • Peter Falk (1974)
  • Warren Beatty (1975)
  • Robert Blake (1976)
  • Johnny Carson (1977)
  • Richard Dreyfuss (1978)
  • Robert De Niro (1979)
  • Alan Alda (1980)
  • John Travolta (1981)
  • James Cagney (1982)
  • Steven Spielberg (1983)
  • Sean Connery (1984)
  • Bill Murray (1985)
  • Sylvester Stallone (1986)
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov (1987)
  • Steve Martin (1988)
  • Robin Williams (1989)
  • Kevin Costner (1990)
  • Clint Eastwood (1991)
  • Michael Douglas (1992)
  • Chevy Chase (1993)
  • Tom Cruise (1994)
  • Tom Hanks (1995)
  • Harrison Ford (1996)
  • Mel Gibson (1997)
  • Kevin Kline (1998)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (1999)
  • Billy Crystal (2000)
  • Anthony Hopkins (2001)
  • Bruce Willis (2002)
  • Martin Scorsese (2003)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (2004)
  • Tim Robbins (2005)
  • Richard Gere (2006)
  • Ben Stiller (2007)
  • Christopher Walken (2008)
  • James Franco (2009)
  • Justin Timberlake (2010)
  • Jay Leno (2011)
  • Jason Segel (2012)
  • Kiefer Sutherland (2013)
  • Neil Patrick Harris (2014)
  • Chris Pratt (2015)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (2016)
  • Ryan Reynolds (2017)
  • Paul Rudd (2018)
  • Milo Ventimiglia (2019)
  • Ben Platt (2020)
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Honorary Cesar19762000
  • Ingrid Bergman (1976)
  • Diana Ross (1976)
  • Henri Langlois (1977)
  • Jacques Tati (1977)
  • Robert Dorfmann (1978)
  • Rene Goscinny (1978)
  • Marcel Carne (1979)
  • Charles Vanel (1979)
  • Walt Disney (1979)
  • Pierre Braunberger (1980)
  • Louis de Funes (1980)
  • Kirk Douglas (1980)
  • Marcel Pagnol (1981)
  • Alain Resnais (1981)
  • Georges Dancigers (1982)
  • Alexandre Mnouchkine (1982)
  • Jean Neny (1982)
  • Andrzej Wajda (1982)
  • Raimu (1983)
  • Rene Clement (1984)
  • Georges de Beauregard (1984)
  • Edwige Feuillere (1984)
  • Christian-Jaque (1985)
  • Danielle Darrieux (1985)
  • Christine Gouze-Renal (1985)
  • Alain Poire (1985)
  • Maurice Jarre (1986)
  • Bette Davis (1986)
  • Jean Delannoy (1986)
  • Rene Ferracci (1986)
  • Claude Lanzmann (1986)
  • Jean-Luc Godard (1987)
  • Serge Silberman (1988)
  • Bernard Blier (1989)
  • Paul Grimault (1989)
  • Gerard Philipe (1990)
  • Jean-Pierre Aumont (1991)
  • Sophia Loren (1991)
  • Michele Morgan (1992)
  • Sylvester Stallone (1992)
  • Jean Marais (1993)
  • Marcello Mastroianni (1993)
  • Gerard Oury (1993)
  • Jean Carmet (1994)
  • Jeanne Moreau (1995)
  • Gregory Peck (1995)
  • Steven Spielberg (1995)
  • Lauren Bacall (1996)
  • Henri Verneuil (1996)
  • Charles Aznavour (1997)
  • Andie MacDowell (1997)
  • Michael Douglas (1998)
  • Clint Eastwood (1998)
  • Jean-Luc Godard (1998)
  • Pedro Almodovar (1999)
  • Johnny Depp (1999)
  • Jean Rochefort (1999)
  • Josiane Balasko (2000)
  • Georges Cravenne (2000)
  • Jean-Pierre Leaud (2000)
  • Martin Scorsese (2000)
  • Darry Cowl (2001)
  • Charlotte Rampling (2001)
  • Agnes Varda (2001)
  • Anouk Aimee (2002)
  • Jeremy Irons (2002)
  • Claude Rich (2002)
  • Bernadette Lafont (2003)
  • Spike Lee (2003)
  • Meryl Streep (2003)
  • Micheline Presle (2004)
  • Jacques Dutronc (2005)
  • Will Smith (2005)
  • Hugh Grant (2006)
  • Pierre Richard (2006)
  • Marlene Jobert (2007)
  • Jude Law (2007)
  • Jeanne Moreau (2008)
  • Roberto Benigni (2008)
  • Dustin Hoffman (2009)
  • Harrison Ford (2010)
  • Quentin Tarantino (2011)
  • Kate Winslet (2012)
  • Kevin Costner (2013)
  • Scarlett Johansson (2014)
  • Sean Penn (2015)
  • Michael Douglas (2016)
  • George Clooney (2017)
  • Penelope Cruz (2018)
  • Robert Redford (2019)
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Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
  • Darryl F. Zanuck (1938)
  • Hal B. Wallis (1939)
  • David O. Selznick (1940)
  • Walt Disney (1942)
  • Sidney Franklin (1943)
  • Hal B. Wallis (1944)
  • Darryl F. Zanuck (1945)
  • Samuel Goldwyn (1947)
  • Jerry Wald (1949)
  • Darryl F. Zanuck (1951)
  • Arthur Freed (1952)
  • Cecil B. DeMille (1953)
  • George Stevens (1954)
  • Buddy Adler (1957)
  • Jack L. Warner (1959)
  • Stanley Kramer (1962)
  • Sam Spiegel (1964)
  • William Wyler (1966)
  • Robert Wise (1967)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1968)
  • Ingmar Bergman (1971)
  • Lawrence Weingarten (1974)
  • Mervyn LeRoy (1976)
  • Pandro S. Berman (1977)
  • Walter Mirisch (1978)
  • Ray Stark (1980)
  • Albert R. Broccoli (1982)
  • Steven Spielberg (1986)
  • Billy Wilder (1988)
  • David Brown and Richard D. Zanuck (1991)
  • George Lucas (1992)
  • Clint Eastwood (1995)
  • Saul Zaentz (1997)
  • Norman Jewison (1999)
  • Warren Beatty (2000)
  • Dino De Laurentiis (2001)
  • John Calley (2009)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (2010)
  • Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall (2018)
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Kennedy Center Honorees (2000s)2000
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • Chuck Berry
  • Placido Domingo
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Angela Lansbury
  • Julie Andrews
  • Van Cliburn
  • Quincy Jones
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Luciano Pavarotti
  • James Earl Jones
  • James Levine
  • Chita Rivera
  • Paul Simon
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • James Brown
  • Carol Burnett
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Mike Nichols
  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Warren Beatty
  • Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee
  • Elton John
  • Joan Sutherland
  • John Williams
  • Tony Bennett
  • Suzanne Farrell
  • Julie Harris
  • Robert Redford
  • Tina Turner
  • Zubin Mehta
  • Dolly Parton
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Leon Fleisher
  • Steve Martin
  • Diana Ross
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Brian Wilson
  • Morgan Freeman
  • George Jones
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey
  • Mel Brooks
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Grace Bumbry
  • Robert De Niro
  • Bruce Springsteen
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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director
  • Sidney Lumet (1975)
  • Sidney Lumet (1976)
  • Herbert Ross (1977)
  • Michael Cimino (1978)
  • Robert Benton (1979)
  • Roman Polanski (1980)
  • Warren Beatty (1981)
  • Steven Spielberg (1982)
  • James L. Brooks (1983)
  • Milos Forman (1984)
  • Terry Gilliam (1985)
  • David Lynch (1986)
  • John Boorman (1987)
  • David Cronenberg (1988)
  • Spike Lee (1989)
  • Martin Scorsese (1990)
  • Barry Levinson (1991)
  • Clint Eastwood (1992)
  • Jane Campion (1993)
  • Quentin Tarantino (1994)
  • Mike Figgis (1995)
  • Mike Leigh (1996)
  • Curtis Hanson (1997)
  • Steven Spielberg (1998)
  • Sam Mendes (1999)
  • Steven Soderbergh (2000)
  • David Lynch (2001)
  • Pedro Almodovar (2002)
  • Peter Jackson (2003)
  • Alexander Payne (2004)
  • Ang Lee (2005)
  • Paul Greengrass (2006)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (2007)
  • Danny Boyle (2008)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (2009)
  • Olivier Assayas / David Fincher (2010)
  • Terrence Malick (2011)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (2012)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2013)
  • Richard Linklater (2014)
  • George Miller (2015)
  • Barry Jenkins (2016)
  • Guillermo del Toro / Luca Guadagnino (2017)
  • Debra Granik (2018)
  • Bong Joon-ho (2019)
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National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
  • Ray Milland (1945)
  • Laurence Olivier (1946)
  • Michael Redgrave (1947)
  • Walter Huston (1948)
  • Ralph Richardson (1949)
  • Alec Guinness (1950)
  • Richard Basehart (1951)
  • Ralph Richardson (1952)
  • James Mason (1953)
  • Bing Crosby (1954)
  • Ernest Borgnine (1955)
  • Yul Brynner (1956)
  • Alec Guinness (1957)
  • Spencer Tracy (1958)
  • Victor Sjostrom (1959)
  • Robert Mitchum (1960)
  • Albert Finney (1961)
  • Jason Robards (1962)
  • Rex Harrison (1963)
  • Anthony Quinn (1964)
  • Lee Marvin (1965)
  • Paul Scofield (1966)
  • Peter Finch (1967)
  • Cliff Robertson (1968)
  • Peter O'Toole (1969)
  • George C. Scott (1970)
  • Gene Hackman (1971)
  • Peter O'Toole (1972)
  • Al Pacino / Robert Ryan (1973)
  • Gene Hackman (1974)
  • Jack Nicholson (1975)
  • David Carradine (1976)
  • John Travolta (1977)
  • Jon Voight / Laurence Olivier (1978)
  • Peter Sellers (1979)
  • Robert De Niro (1980)
  • Henry Fonda (1981)
  • Ben Kingsley (1982)
  • Tom Conti (1983)
  • Victor Banerjee (1984)
  • William Hurt / Raul Julia (1985)
  • Paul Newman (1986)
  • Michael Douglas (1987)
  • Gene Hackman (1988)
  • Morgan Freeman (1989)
  • Robert De Niro / Robin Williams (1990)
  • Warren Beatty (1991)
  • Jack Lemmon (1992)
  • Anthony Hopkins (1993)
  • Tom Hanks (1994)
  • Nicolas Cage (1995)
  • Tom Cruise (1996)
  • Jack Nicholson (1997)
  • Ian McKellen (1998)
  • Russell Crowe (1999)
  • Javier Bardem (2000)
  • Billy Bob Thornton (2001)
  • Campbell Scott (2002)
  • Sean Penn (2003)
  • Jamie Foxx (2004)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (2005)
  • Forest Whitaker (2006)
  • George Clooney (2007)
  • Clint Eastwood (2008)
  • George Clooney / Morgan Freeman (2009)
  • Jesse Eisenberg (2010)
  • George Clooney (2011)
  • Bradley Cooper (2012)
  • Bruce Dern (2013)
  • Michael Keaton / Oscar Isaac (2014)
  • Matt Damon (2015)
  • Casey Affleck (2016)
  • Tom Hanks (2017)
  • Viggo Mortensen (2018)
  • Adam Sandler (2019)
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National Board of Review Award for Best Director
  • Jean Renoir (1945)
  • William Wyler (1946)
  • Elia Kazan (1947)
  • Roberto Rossellini (1948)
  • Vittorio De Sica (1949)
  • John Huston (1950)
  • Akira Kurosawa (1951)
  • David Lean (1952)
  • George Stevens (1953)
  • Renato Castellani (1954)
  • William Wyler (1955)
  • John Huston (1956)
  • David Lean (1957)
  • John Ford (1958)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1959)
  • Jack Cardiff (1960)
  • Jack Clayton (1961)
  • David Lean (1962)
  • Tony Richardson (1963)
  • Desmond Davis (1964)
  • John Schlesinger (1965)
  • Fred Zinnemann (1966)
  • Richard Brooks (1967)
  • Franco Zeffirelli (1968)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1969)
  • Francois Truffaut (1970)
  • Ken Russell (1971)
  • Bob Fosse (1972)
  • Ingmar Bergman (1973)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (1974)
  • Robert Altman / Stanley Kubrick (1975)
  • Alan J. Pakula (1976)
  • Luis Bunuel (1977)
  • Ingmar Bergman (1978)
  • John Schlesinger (1979)
  • Robert Redford (1980)
  • Warren Beatty (1981)
  • Sidney Lumet (1982)
  • James L. Brooks (1983)
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  • John Ford (1935)
  • Rouben Mamoulian (1936)
  • Gregory La Cava (1937)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1938)
  • John Ford (1939)
  • John Ford (1940)
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  • Steve McQueen (2013)
  • Richard Linklater (2014)
  • Todd Haynes (2015)
  • Barry Jenkins (2016)
  • Sean Baker (2017)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2018)
  • Joshua Safdie and Benjamin Safdie (2019)
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  • John Wayne (1976)
  • John Wayne (1977)
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  • Mel Gibson (2004)
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  • Johnny Depp (2007)
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  • Channing Tatum (2016)
  • Ryan Reynolds (2017)
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  • James Cameron (1997)
  • Terrence Malick (1998)
  • Michael Mann (1999)
  • Steven Soderbergh (2000)
  • Baz Luhrmann (2001)
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  • 1971: Charlton Heston
  • 1972: Frank Sinatra
  • 1973: Martha Raye
  • 1974: Walter Pidgeon
  • 1975: Rosalind Russell
  • 1976: Pearl Bailey
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  • 1998: Kirk Douglas
  • 1999: Sidney Poitier
  • 2000: Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee
  • 2001: Ed Asner
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  • 2003: Karl Malden
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  • 2010: Ernest Borgnine
  • 2011: Mary Tyler Moore
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  • 2013: Rita Moreno
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  • 2018: Alan Alda
  • 2019: Robert De Niro
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  • Steven Soderbergh (2000)
  • Baz Luhrmann (2001)
  • Stephen Daldry (2002)
  • Peter Jackson (2003)
  • Clint Eastwood (2004)
  • Ang Lee (2005)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2006)
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007)
  • David Fincher (2008)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (2009)
  • David Fincher (2010)
  • Terrence Malick (2011)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (2012)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (2013)
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2014)
  • George Miller (2015)
  • Kenneth Lonergan (2016)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (2017)
  • Paul Schrader (2018)
  • Bong Joon-ho (2019)
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  • e
Cannes Film Festival jury presidents19461975
  • Georges Huisman (1946)
  • Georges Huisman (1947)
  • Georges Huisman (1949)
  • Andre Maurois (1951)
  • Maurice Genevoix (1952)
  • Jean Cocteau (1953)
  • Jean Cocteau (1954)
  • Marcel Pagnol (1955)
  • Maurice Lehmann (1956)
  • Andre Maurois (1957)
  • Marcel Achard (1958)
  • Marcel Achard (1959)
  • Georges Simenon (1960)
  • Jean Giono (1961)
  • Tetsuro Furukaki (1962)
  • Armand Salacrou (1963)
  • Fritz Lang (1964)
  • Olivia de Havilland (1965)
  • Sophia Loren (1966)
  • Alessandro Blasetti (1967)
  • Andre Chamson (1968)
  • Luchino Visconti (1969)
  • Miguel Angel Asturias (1970)
  • Michele Morgan (1971)
  • Joseph Losey (1972)
  • Ingrid Bergman (1973)
  • Rene Clair (1974)
  • Jeanne Moreau (1975)
  • Tennessee Williams (1976)
  • Roberto Rossellini (1977)
  • Alan J. Pakula (1978)
  • Francoise Sagan (1979)
  • Kirk Douglas (1980)
  • Jacques Deray (1981)
  • Giorgio Strehler (1982)
  • William Styron (1983)
  • Dirk Bogarde (1984)
  • Milos Forman (1985)
  • Sydney Pollack (1986)
  • Yves Montand (1987)
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  • Gerard Depardieu (1992)
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