At age 82, Clint Eastwood is still very much alive and well the film scene today. In fact, he played the lead in Grand Torino just two years ago. Of course, Clint does a bit more than just act. He also directs, produces and even composes. From his “Rawhide” days, when he played in the long-running television western (1958-1965) to the series of B-grade Westerns to the Dirty Harry and then costarring with an orangutan in a couple of box-office winters in 1978/1980, most of us “grew up” with Clint Eastwood. As he aged, his films took on more depth and dimension, allowing us to discover new facets to this multi-talented actor’s skills. Age may be a biological fact Eastwood has to face, but he does it with the same calm deliberation of the Outlaw Josey Wales hunting down a bad guy.
Though initially though too soft-spoken for his debut role in Rawhide, his macho stance and delivery pulled the coup off and he has used his husky voice to frighten villains, seduce leading ladies and even cajole animals. He has such a signature style of acting that it is hard to fault his performance. He just plays his roles, “Clint Eastwood” style.
Some thought he couldn’t pull off comedy. He did. Others said he couldn’t do drama. Wrong again. Now, they’re crying, “he’s too old”. I suppose the box office numbers for Grand Torino ought to shut them up, for now.
To date, Clint Eastwood has taken home
• 4 Academy Awards (Oscars)
• 5 Golden Globe Awards
• 1 Screen Actor’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award (1 is the Max an actor can get!)
• 5 People’s Choice Awards, including the one for Favorite All-Time Motion Picture Star
If you were only allowed to watch top ten movies of Clint Eastwood, to get a range of just what he’s done and what he can do, I’d rate the following as the top ten must sees:
1. Dirty Harry
2. Any Which Way But Loose
3. Million Dollar Baby
5. Play Misty For Me
6. Pale Rider
7. The Outlaw Josey Wales
8. Grand Torino
9. Two Letters from Iwo Jima
10. Mystic River