[[caption-width-right:300:''"You gonna read this page, or just whistle 'Dixie'?"'']]

->''"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."''
-->-- '''Clint Eastwood''', on the genre that helped shape his career.

''Go ahead''. ''Make my page''.

Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor director, producer, singer, songwriter, former mayor of Carmel, CA and designer of his own line of golf-clothing. He's most famous for portraying tough-as-nails gunslingers who speak very little, and make each word (and bullet) count. The two most famous roles of this kind are ''Film/DirtyHarry'' and the [[Film/DollarsTrilogy Man With No Name]] in the Creator/SergioLeone movies. He is also widely cited as being the only western actor to win a quick-draw contest.

Invented and popularized the OneLiner (like the PreAssKickingOneLiner, PreMortemOneLiner, or just the generic [[BadassBoast "I'm so badass"]]-OneLiner). His Influence on the movie industry was such that without him (or his ''Dirty Harry'' library, to be more specific) TheEighties would have seen about a mere fourth of the action movies it actually ''did'' see. Aside from Westerns (which his cop movies [[CowboyCop pretty much are]]) he also played in an occasional war movie of the TrappedBehindEnemyLines kind. (''Film/KellysHeroes'', ''Film/WhereEaglesDare''). He was also in the movie of ''{{Film/Firefox}}'', resulting in the sequel novel being dedicated to him. If you want a break from Clint's ever-expanding body count, but can't stand ''Bridges of Madison County'', you should give ''Film/PaintYourWagon'' a try. Clint Eastwood walking through a forest singing "'''I talk to the trees,''' but they '''''don't listen to me'''''" will do the trick.

Recent audiences have caught on to something that critics and admirers long noticed about Eastwood, especially the films he directed. He really likes to act, and especially direct, movies that [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct his own Image]]: ''{{Film/Unforgiven}}'' deconstructs his westerns in general and ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales'' in particular; ''Film/TheGauntlet'' deconstructs his ''Film/DirtyHarry'' persona as early as 1977; one of his most recent acting roles was ''Film/GranTorino'' (which he also directed and produced) can be seen as a comment on both his Man With No Name and Dirty Harry characters, exploring the demons of [[RetiredBadass the grizzled badass grown old.]]

He first began directing in 1971, and indeed as per interviews claimed that he always wanted to direct, and that his success as a movie star in Italian-made spaghetti westerns [[DidntSeeThatComing took him by surprise]]. Before making his star-making films, Eastwood worked as an actor in American television and low-budget television, and was fairly realistic that such roles didn't exactly portend a great career. As a director, he is considered a film-maker who embodies the old-fashioned Hollywood ethos of Creator/JohnFord, Creator/AnthonyMann and Creator/HowardHawks. He prefers visual storytelling, directly expressing his ideas in simple terms, he also works fast and finishes his movies quickly, known for being one of the few to bring in his movies under budget and under schedule (which even Creator/AlfredHitchcock cannot claim). Actors describe Eastwood as a real darling on the set, known for speaking softly rather than shouting, and generally organizing things that make even difficult parts easy to finish on time. Eastwood has won several UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s for them, including 2 best pictures (''{{Film/Unforgiven}}'', ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'') and 5 of the various acting awards. On his own acting front he changed his palette to include comedic roles (''Film/EveryWhichWayButLoose'', ''AnyWhichWayYouCan'', which believe it or not were the biggest hits of his career, along with ''Film/BroncoBilly'' where he had some SelfDeprecatingHumor) and also romantic roles (''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty''). Critics especially adore his performance as a Creator/JohnHuston spoof (John Wilson) in ''White Hunter Black Heart'' where he plays the hollywood legend as a ByronicHero and TheDandy, really showing his great range.

He has also directed ''Film/{{Invictus}}'', a film about the end of UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica and ''Film/{{Hereafter}}'', an ensemble drama about people who have been touched by death. His latest film was 2012's ''Film/TroubleWithTheCurve'', where he plays an aging baseball scout who goes on one last recruiting trip with his daughter (Creator/AmyAdams), despite the fact that he is going blind. The film was the directoral debut of Eastwood's long-time producer Robert Lorenz.

With the success of ''Film/GranTorino'', Eastwood at 78 officially became the oldest leading man to reach #1 at the box office.

Despite his macho image, he is very much OneOfUs, as emphasized by the times he was interviewed during the production of another of his films, Film/SpaceCowboys. He openly and willingly admitted to being very much a science nerd, and enjoying sci-fi and being a major jazz fan, and even capable of composing his own music scores. In his younger days, he was very much TheCasanova, so much so that he not only had mistresses but reportedly cheated on his mistresses with other mistresses. According to one of his friends and biographers, Eastwood "seemed to get a bang out of this kinkier side to himself and rarely concealed it, often gloated about it." One person who wasn't laughing was actress Sondra Locke (she played a few of his on-screen love interests) with whom he carried on an extramarital affair in mid-70s. Locke accused Eastwood of using his star status to bury her career after their breakup. Eastwood and Warner Brothers both eventually settled out of court. Suffice to say, if Clint offers you a part in one of his movies, accept. If he offers you dinner, maybe think it over.

From the number of his films that include characters being punished for [[ArtisticLicenseGunSafety Failing Gun Safety Forever]] you can reasonably conclude that Clint does in fact know something about [[UsefulNotes/GunSafety gun safety]].

[[LittleKnownFact Fun Fact:]] His name is an anagram for [[SignificantAnagram "Old West Action".]]

Another Fun Fact: Though his characters often smoked in his films Clint himself is actually a non-smoker in real life.
!!Notable films directed by him include:
* ''Film/PlayMistyForMe'' (1971)
* ''Film/HighPlainsDrifter'' (1973)
* ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales'' (1976)
* ''Film/TheGauntlet'' (1977)
* ''Film/BroncoBilly'' (1980)
* ''Film/{{Firefox}}'' (1982)
* ''Film/SuddenImpact'' (1983)
* ''Film/PaleRider'' (1985)
* ''Film/HeartbreakRidge'' (1986)
* ''Bird'' (1988)
* ''White Hunter Black Heart'' (1990)
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'' (1992)
* ''Film/TheBridgesOfMadisonCounty'' (1995)
* ''Film/AbsolutePower'' (1997)
* ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'' (1997)
* ''Film/SpaceCowboys'' (2000)
* ''Film/BloodWork'' (2002)
* ''Film/MysticRiver'' (2003)
* ''Film/MillionDollarBaby'' (2004)
* ''Film/FlagsOfOurFathers'' (2006)
* ''Film/LettersFromIwoJima'' (2006)
* ''Film/{{Changeling}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/GranTorino'' (2008)
* ''Film/{{Invictus}}'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Hereafter}}'' (2010)
* ''[[Film/JEdgar J. Edgar]]'' (2011)
* ''Theatre/JerseyBoys'' (2014)
* ''Film/AmericanSniper'' (2014)
* ''Film/{{Sully}}'' (2016)
* ''Film/TheFifteenSeventeenToParis'' (2018)

!!Clint Eastwood is the TropeNamer for:
* ClintSquint

!!Tropes associated with Clint Eastwood:
* BadassGrandpa: Both in RealLife and in his recent movies.
* {{Biopic}}: He made a highly regarded one of Music/CharlieParker (''Bird''), and followed it up with ''Film/JEdgar'' and ''Film/AmericanSniper''. In addition there's ''White Hunter, Black Heart'' about the making of Film/TheAfricanQueen with Creator/ClintEastwood playing Creator/JohnHuston ([[{{Expy}} renamed John Wilson]]), PlayingAgainstType in a comedic role as a macho-posing [[TheDandy dandy]]
* BrilliantButLazy: He's known for being incredibly laidback when shooting films. Tim Robbins described a day with him as "You're in no earlier than Nine. He only shoots one take and complains if he has to do more. And you usually go home right after lunch". Of course, the results show that it works.
** He works on the assumption that actors do their best work if they are a) spontaneous and b) relaxed. It's also a case of HardWorkHardlyWorks since despite this laidback approach, Eastwood is regarded as the most economical film-maker in Hollywood, filming movies on schedule and often, under-budget, which makes him a producer's dream and allows him to retain great integrity to do the smaller, personal films he wants.
** One of his directors on Rawhide complained that Eastwood would always show up late to the set.
* CatchPhrase: "Yeah...." certainly seems to be this.
** Most of the other iconic phrases associated with Clint (such as "Go ahead, make my day") were one-offs (as opposed to, say, Arnold's "I'll be back.")
* CoolOldGuy: Definitely one of the coolest of all time.
* DeathGlare: You can count the number of movies on '''one hand''' that doesn't feature him playing a character associated with that trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of the characters he's played cater to this, and is more or less art imitating life.
** [[SilentSnarker Also he rarely has to say anything in order to get across what he thinks about something.]]
* DullSurprise: In his early work at least - Creator/SergioLeone even said Clint only had two expressions, with and without a hat.
** Despite the popularity of his films Eastwood was often criticized early in his career by critics for being too understated. There's actually a bit of a debate between critics and fans as to whether Eastwood was a wooden actor who simply got lucky or if he was actually a master of a more understated form of acting, given his penchant for playing cold, hard boiled, emotionally unavailable men (which is what his career was pretty much built on for the longest time).
* EnnioMorriconePastiche: Whenever someone spoofs a cowboy accompanied by music from Music/EnnioMorricone they are usually doing a badass pose based on either Clint or Creator/LeeVanCleef.
* FriendToAllChildren: When he was mayor of Carmel he would use the modest salary that came with the position to treat the town's children to an annual ice cream party.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Clint is famous for helping out local animal rescue projects in his area of California. His own ranch is filled with various animals that he and his wife Dina have adopted. Anytime he does an interview and ends up talking about his pets it ends up being a huge CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* GutturalGrowler: Good Lord, he makes Creator/ChristianBale's [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]] sound high-pitched.
* HiddenDepths: He absolutely loves music, is a gifted jazz pianist, and has penned songs for several films.
** A well-known conservative in Hollywood, Clint's views skew closer to a classical libertarian than most suspect. He is a supporter of Gay Marriage and gun control, and [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/clint-eastwood-i-was-going-754761 one of the few Republican voices who opposed the Iraq War]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his crusty persona, he's known as a patient boss and a very approachable sort of bloke.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: He's made his career playing cold hearted, amoral characters with a penchant for violence. Even his "good" characters like [[Film/DirtyHarry Harry Callahan]] are violent and unpleasant. This isn't the case with Clint in real life, who is known as a cultured gentleman and family man with progressive views. He's also known to be laid back and easy going and being great to work with. And even though he's one of the codifiers for SmokingIsCool, he has stated to be disgusted by the cigars he had to smoke in his films.
* MemeticBadass: But of course.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[TheGunslinger Kenny]] [[SerialKiller the Ripper]] [[Manga/AttackOnTitan says hello.]]
** The creators of the 1980s space operatic sci-fi western ''The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers'' admitted that they based the character of Shane "Goose" Gooseman on Clint.
** Many of Clint's characters, particularly [[Film/DollarsTrilogy The Man With No Name]] and [[Film/DirtyHarry Harry Callahan]], are [[FountainOfExpies Fountains Of Expies]].
* RatedMForManly: Most of his films can be viewed as {{Deconstruction}}s of manly ideals, even the ''Film/DirtyHarry'' series.
** ''On Bridges of Madison County'', his character turns away from the camera when he cries. He said afterwards that he did so because the audience does not expect a Clint Eastwood character to cry openly in a movie.
* RenaissanceMan: In addition to acting and directing, Clint also is a licensed pilot, a rancher (and his ranch is filled with pets that he and his wife have adopted from animal rescue missions), and a quite talented musician. He's also a former lifeguard. And he also served a term in municipal politics as mayor of Carmel, Calif.
* RuleBreakerRuleNamer: The DGA has an "Eastwood Rule", which is where the DGA reserves the right to slap a producer with a huge fine if he fires a DGA-affiliated director and replaces him with a current member of the cast or crew, after Clint Eastwood's behavior while making ''Film/TheOutlawJoseyWales''.
* SignatureStyle: Most of his films focus on [[ShowDontTell visual storytelling]], and have a de-saturated color palate, emphasizing greys and pastels over bold colors (which, if they ever ''do'' appear, are dulled and darkened). Also, his films' scores as a rule are quite understated.
''Finally writing this article about Clint Eastwood really made my day.''