After struggling off and on in Hollywood as a studio contract player for about five years, Clint Eastwood first made his name as the star of TV's hit western series, "Rawhide" in 1959. This success followed eleven unnoticed appearances in less than groundbreaking motion pictures and roles in three episodes of minor television series. His television debut as a cowboy coincided with his biggest TV role to that date, an episode of the hit Western, "Maverick".  Rawhide was a smash hit and its seven year run established Clint as a Hollywood star.

Despite the fact that Clint's role as Rowdy Yates made him a bona fide TV western star, Hollywood studios were reluctant to offer him roles; TV stars seldom successfully made the jump to motion pictures. They also felt that, like George Reeves in his role as Superman, Clint was now a victim of type casting.


He eventually wound up getting the lead role in Italian director Sergio Leone's "Per Un Pugno Di Dollari" 1964. Leone was searching for a recognizable western star who would work in Italy and accept less than Hollywood wages. Because James Coburn wanted $25,000, Eastwood accepted the role for $15,000. Being the victim of type casting worked out quite well for Clint in the long run. The European success of the movie spawned two sequels starring Eastwood, with Clint also being paid to over dub all three movies when released in the US. The "spaghetti westerns", "A Fistful Of Dollars" (1964), "For A Few Dollars More" (1965), and "The Good, The Bad And The Ugly" (1966) became hugely successful releases in America and have remained cult classics to this day. They also established Clint Eastwood as a true Hollywood star. Being type cast, Clint has appeared in many incarnations of his "man with no name" character over the next thirty years, including  the cynical deputy sheriff of "Coogan's Bluff", the mystic avengers of "High Plains Drifter" ,"Hang 'Em High", "Joe Kidd" and "Pale Rider", the last of the rebel hold-outs in "The Outlaw Josey Wales", and the aged gunslinger dragged back to violence in the Oscar-winning "Unforgiven".

Clint again fell victim to typecasting when he secured the role of  tough guy San Francisco cop, "Dirty" Harry Callahan in 1971.The series of "Dirty Harry" movies dominated the box-office throughout the Seventies. The "man with no name" type westerns and the "Dirty Harry's" kept Clint on top during the eighties while he explored a range of other characters and genres.

The nineties began with the demise of Eastwood's tough guy persona, resulting in "Unforgiven" winning the Academy Award. The flawed and aging "Dirty Harry" type's swansong "In the Line of Fire" followed the following year. "A Perfect World" and "The Bridges of Madison County" were just two examples of Eastwood's bold moves in career direction during that decade.

 The twenty first century began with Clint accepting roles more suited to his actual age, "Space Cowboys", "Blood Work" and, at age 74, he became the oldest person to win the Best Director Oscar, for "Million Dollar Baby" (2004).

The man's talent at every level, his charisma, and his tenacity have all contributed to some of the best films ever produced, as the following list so aptly demonstrates.


Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Mystic River (2003)
Inside The Actors' Studio (TV series, one episode, as himself) (2003)
Blood Work (2002)
America: A Tribute To Heroes (TV, as himself) (2001)
Space Cowboys (2000)
True Crime (1999)
Junket Whore (as himself) (1998)
Wild West  (1987)
Clips And Highlights, Western, Cowboys)
Absolute Power (1997)
Midnight in the Garden  of Good and Evil (1997)
The Bridges Of Madison County (1995)
Don't Pave Main Street: Carmel's Heritage (TV, narrator) (1994)
A Perfect World (1993)
In The Line Of Fire (1993)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Rookie (1990)
White Hunter, Black Heart (1990)
Pink Cadillac (1989)
Bird (1988)
The Dead Pool (1988)
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Pale Rider (1985)
Amazing Stories (TV series, one episode) (1985)
City Heat (1984)
Tightrope (1984)
Sudden Impact (1983)
Honkytonk Man (1982)
Firefox (1982)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Bronco Billy (1980)
Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
The Gauntlet (1977)
The Enforcer (1976)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974)
Magnum Force (1973)
Breezy (1973)
High Plains Drifter (1972)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Play Misty For Me (1971)
The Beguiled (1971)
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Two Mules For Sister Sara (1969)
Paint Your Wagon (1969)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Le Streghe (1966)
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
For A Few Dollars More (1965)
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)
Mr. Ed (TV series, one episode) (1962)
Maverick (TV series, one episode) (1959)
Rawhide (TV series) (1959-1966)
Highway Patrol (TV series, one episode) (1958)
Ambush At Cimarron Pass (1958)
Lafayette Escadrille (1958)
Escapade In Japan (1957)
West Point (TV series, one episode) (1957)
Away All Boats (1956)
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
Star In The Dust (1956)
Death Valley Days (TV series, one episode) (1956)
Never Say Goodbye (1956)
Tarantula (1955)
Lady Godiva (1955)
Francis In The Navy (1955)
Revenge Of The Creature (1955)

* Clint appeared in Eleven films before "RAWHIDE"