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CLINT EASTWOOD (Frank Corvin)'s career as an actor is linked to some of Hollywood's most notorious characters, from the Man With No Name, to Dirty Harry Callahan, to the infamous William Munny, all of whom brought to the screen a commanding presence. a taciturn style and an unwavering credibility, regardless of context. If Clint Eastwood said it. you could take it to the bank, which is exactly what his films have done.

The man from Malpaso has appeared in 54 features, starring in 46. His Malpaso production company, formed in 1971, expanded his creative efforts into directing and producing, but acting has always been the baseline and, in the early years, often a requirement for his directing assignments.

Recent characterizations have included dispassionate investigative reporter Steve Everett from the hard-hitting 1999 drama "True Crime"; cat burglar Luther Whitney from the 1996 hit "Absolute Power": National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid from the 1995 blockbuster "The Bridges of Madison County"; Texas Ranger Red Garnett from the critically praised "A Perfect World" in 1994; and Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan in 1993's $100-million hit "In The Line of Fire."

In 1992, Eastwood's career as a filmmaker took an unprecedented turn. "Unforgiven," his 10th western and 36th starring role, was released to rave reviews and enormous box-office grosses, culminating in nine Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, Best Sound and Best Editing.

Eastwood's portrayal of an alcoholic, anti-heroic gunman brought him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and helped catapult "Unforgiven" into the spotlight for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman), and Best Sound Editing Oscars.

The road to this esteemed point in Eastwood's career as an actor was not always as clear nor as defined as it might seem. His first break from his days as a contract player at Universal Studios came in the well-documented move to the "Rawhide" television series in 1958, where he played sodbuster Rowdy Yates. This led to the starring role in Italian director Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" trilogy, including "A Fistful of Dollars," (1964), "For A Few Dollars More" (1965) and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" (1966).

Films such as "The Witches" (1967), "Hang "Em High" (1968), "Coogan's Bluff' (1968), "Where Eagles Dare" (1969), "Paint Your Wagon" (1969), "Two Mules For Sister Sarah" (1970), "Kelly's Heroes" (1970) and "The Beguiled" (1971) quickly followed, with Eastwood making his directorial debut in 1971 with "Play Misty For Me," and following with the legendary "Dirty Harry" that same year.

Directed by Eastwood mentor Don Siegel, "Dirty Harry" created another public persona, homicide detective Harry Callahan. preceding films such as "Joe Kidd" (1972), "High Plains Drifter" (1972), "Magnum Force" (1973), "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" (1974), "The Figer Sanction" (1975), "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), "The Enforcer" (1976). "The Gauntlet" (1977), "Every Which Way But Loose" (1978), "Escape From Alcatraz" (1978), "Bronco Billy" (1979), "Any Which Way You Can" (1980), "Firefox" (1982), "Honkytonk Man" (1982) and "Sudden Impact" (1983).

Credits such as "Tightrope" (1984), "City Heat" (1984), "Pale Rider" (1985), "Heartbreak Ridge" (1987), "The Dead Pool" (1988), "Pink Cadillac" (1989), "White Hunter, Black Heart" (1989) and "The Rookie" (1990) continued to expand the Eastwood resume of diverse, interesting and often contradictory or even playful characters, all of

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