CLINT EASTWOOD (Director, Producer, Music) is the
consummate filmmaker. His career spans four decades and has touched generations
of moviegoers. He is one of the most prolific, versatile artists in the history
of the medium, involving himself first as an actor, then as a director and
producer. Eastwood's remarkable achievements have been fueled by his enormous
box-office appeal and likewise reflected in the recognition he has received. His
respect within the film industry is matched only by his appreciation from the
public at large. His ongoing body of work is without peer. Clint Eastwood is a
Consider the following data, applied as it is to a man whose
debut in film was as a contract actor for Universal Pictures in 1955. From this
inauspicious beginning, Clint Eastwood's credits have carried him beyond the
new millennium. He has starred in 45 films (appearing in 56), directed 24, and
produced 19. Eastwood is unique in that he will often combine responsibilities,
simultaneously producing, directing and starring. This he has done 12 times,
while he has directed and starred in an additional nine films and served as
producer, in a variety of directing and acting combinations, no less than 13
Equally imposing are the accolades that Eastwood has
accumulated over the years. In March of 2003, he accepted a Screen Actor's
Guild Life Achievement Award, and in August of the same year the Henry Mancini
Institute presented Eastwood with the Hank Award, which recognizes distinguished
service to American music. In January of 2000, Eastwood was presented with a
Lifetime Career Achievement Award from New York's National Board of Review.
That May he received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Wesleyan
University, and in December accepted a Kennedy Center Honors Award. He was also
nominated for Favorite All-Time Movie Star in 1999 from the People's Choice
Awards (which he won for the Favorite Motion Picture Actor in 1981, 1984, 1985,
1987 and 1998).
In addition, Eastwood received a Cesar Honorary Award (Honneur)
from the French Film Society for Career Achievement in 1998 and a Golden Laurel
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producer's Guild of America that same
year. He was also the recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the American
Film Institute and the Film Society at Lincoln Center in 1996, and he was given
the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995 from the Academy of
Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
In 1993, Clint Eastwood's foreboding, revisionist western, Unforgiven,
won nine Academy Award nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor,
Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production
Design, Best Editor and Best Sound) and four Oscars (Best Picture, Best
Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editor).
That same year, Unforgiven also won the Director's
Guild Award, a Golden Globe for Best Director, the National Society of Film
Critics Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best
Screenplay, and the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The film also received nominations for Best Direction and
Best Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the ShoWest
Award for Director of the Year from the National Association of Theater Owners
(which also gave Eastwood the Male Star of the Decade Award in 1982).
No less impressive are Eastwood's Cesar nomination for Best
Foreign Film (Meilleur film etranger) for The Bridges of Madison Country
in 1996, a Douglas Sirk award for Career Achievement, Awards from both the
American Cinema Editors and the Publicists Guild in 1992, the California
Governor's Award for the Arts in 1992, and the Man of the Year
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