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« on: June 14, 2011, 07:10:17 PM »

" Cinematic Superman: The Astonishing Legacy of Clint Eastwood "

 By John Farr

This was the not the first title I had in mind for this piece. But when I dug into Clint Eastwood's life and career, it seemed particularly apt -- and not even close to an overstatement.

Just consider this:

Over a career spanning over half a century, he's been involved in over ninety film productions, and directed thirty films.

Having just turned 81 two weeks ago, he says his acting days are most likely behind him, but shows no signs of slowing down as a director.

For over forty years, he has produced his own films and consistently negotiated hefty profit participation deals. Along with his undeniable talent and seemingly superhuman energy, his shrewd business skills have earned him a fortune.

He is a ten-time Academy Award nominee -- for acting, producing and directing -- all occurring after he reached the age of sixty.

Over that time, he has directed ten different actors to Oscar-nominated performances.

Not that he was a late bloomer.

A TV star (on the western series Rawhide) by thirty, and a bona-fide movie star by thirty-five, his name first appeared on the Quigley poll of top box-office draws in 1968, and would appear on the list twenty more times, more than any other actor except John Wayne.

In addition to all this, he has fathered seven children with five different women (only two of whom he actually married), been Vice-Chair of the California State Park and Recreation Commission, Mayor of Carmel, and an accomplished jazz musician and composer.

When does the man sleep, I wonder?

" They just don't make then like this anymore ."      " I just don't meet then like him anymore !! "
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