Clint Eastwood’s agent told him not to appear in, “Fistful of Dollars”, calling it a ‘bad step’ for his career. The film launched Eastwood’s path to stardom, and he later named his production company, ‘Malpaso’, spanish for ‘bad step.’

15 Facts About Clint Eastwood to Make Your Day

Clinton Eastwood Jr. achieved fame and fortune as the personification of old-fashioned American male bravado playing a taciturn gunslinger in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western Dollars trilogy in the 1960s. He kept on acting through the years and decades, jumping from genre to genre, as he also became an Academy Award-winning director and an outspoken political figure. Here are some facts about Eastwood that may or may not make your day.

1. HE WAS A SWIMMING INSTRUCTOR IN THE U.S. ARMY.

After graduating high school, Eastwood has said he worked as a lumberjack and forest firefighter in Oregon, and a steelworker in Texas. He was drafted during the war in Korea and sent to Fort Ord on Monterey Bay in California for basic training. He was… Continue Reading (7 minute read)

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  1. nowhereman136

    Spaghetti westerns was largely seen as a step backwards in your career in the 60s. This was a plot point in *Once Upon a Time in Hollywood*. Who would’ve guessed that Sergio Leone would’ve become so popular across the ocean.

    Bonus fact: The Good The Bad and The Ugly is the highest rated movie on IMDB (9) to not be nominated for any oscars. The next one down is Leon the Professional (31)

  2. vorkesur

    Released in Italy in 1964 and then in the United States in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti Western genre. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the “Dollars Trilogy”, or the “Man with No Name Trilogy” after the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood’s character in all three films as the “Man with No Name”. All three films were later released in sequence in the United States in 1967, catapulting Eastwood into
    stardom. The film has been identified as an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo (1961), which resulted in a successful lawsuit by Toho, Yojimbo’s production company.

  3. noodlesvonsoup

    And he himself has directed some incredible films since then too

  4. 2ndwaveobserver

    I liked Fistful of dollars and A Few Dollars More a lot more than Good Bad Ugly for some reason. Josey Wales is my favorite along with Pale Rider and Fistful. Such good movies. Still have yet to get into the Dirty Harry series but Escape from Alcatraz is another great one. He’s just so good

  5. szekeres81

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly is the best western film ever made, change my mind

  6. Arteam90

    Such incredible soundtracks in these films.

  7. shaka_sulu

    Wasn’t there a sequel too?

  8. JTNipp

    Eastwood westerns are the best

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