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Clint Eastwood 101: What You Should Know

Below are some fast facts about the Oscar-winning actor and director confirmed to be speaking tonight at the Republican National Convention. Fast fact - did you know Eastwood actually served as a swim instructor in the U.S. Army?! Neither did we. Check out more:

  • He was born in San Francisco on May 31, 1930 and raised throughout northern California
  • Eastwood attended Los Angeles City College under the G. I. Bill
  • He once dug swimming pools in Beverly Hills
  • He served as mayor of Carmel, California from 1986 to 1988.
  • Eastwood's parents, Clinton and Ruth, were itinerant workers.
  • Eastwood's decision to get into acting came in 1953 whilst he was serving as a G.I. and boot camp swimming instructor in the US Army.
  • Based in Northern California, he was encouraged by fellow Army friends, David Janssen and Martin Milner, to move to Los Angeles and try acting.
  • Eastwood's breakthrough was in "spaghetti western" directed by Sergio Leone, "A
    Fistful of Dollars."
  • Eastwood was an Oscar winner as director and producer of "Unforgiven."
  • He was an Oscar nominee for acting in "Unforgiven."
  • Eastwood was an Oscar nominee for directing/producing "Mystic River."
  • Other credits: "The Bridges of Madison County," "Dirty Harry," "Play Misty for Me"
  • 1955-1966: Eastwood starred on the TV series "Rawhide"
  • Eastwood served as swim instructor in U.S. Army.
Eastwood on endorsing Mitt Romney on Friday Aug 3, 2012 during a Sun Valley fundraiser (Source: AP):
  • "I think the country needs a boost," Eastwood told The Associated Press.  "Now more than ever do we need Gov. Romney. I'm going to be voting for him."
  • Standing at Romney's side, Eastwood said he was filming "Mystic River" in Massachusetts almost a decade ago when he first saw political advertisements featuring Romney, who was running for governor at the time. "I said, God, this guy, he's too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president," Eastwood joked. "As the years have gone by I began to think even more so about that."
  • In February, Eastwood told Fox News that he wasn't supporting any politician at that time. Some saw the "halftime in America" ad he made for the Super Bowl as a nod toward President Barack Obama. Eastwood responded then by saying he was not "politically affiliated" with the president.
  • Here's the statement he gave Fox on the Super Bowl ad: "I just want to say that the spin stops with you guys, and there is no spin in that ad. On this I am certain," Eastwood told Fox News, in a statement read on-air by Bill O'Reilly. "I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama. It was meant to be a message about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was OK."

He added, "If Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it."


UPDATE: Clint Eastwood's Full RNC speech here!

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