With a career spanning several decades, Clint Eastwood remains one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. His deep, slow speech and hard-working attitude helped him build an enduring all-American cowboy persona. From his breakout roles in Rawhide and the Fistful of Dollars western trilogy to recent films like The Mule, Eastwood represents the ultimate tough guy. However, Eastwood is also an Academy Award-winning director, working with the likes of Gene Hackman, Tim Robbins, and Hilary Swank.
But, any career comes with some ups and downs. From his military service to a confrontation with John Wayne, there are some facts even the biggest fans don’t know about one of Hollywood’s most famous cowboys! Read on to discover everything you don’t know about Clint Eastwood…
1. A Big Baby
Born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, California, Clint Eastwood Jr. is the only son of Clinton Eastwood Sr. and Ruth Wood. He also has one younger sister, Jeanne. With English, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, Eastwood is a descendant of one of the passengers on the Mayflower! From his birth all the way to today, Clint Eastwood has always seemed a little larger-than-life.
In fact, he has been a big deal from the very second of his birth! The Hollywood legend received the nickname “Samson” from nurses at the hospital because he tipped the scales at 11 pounds, 6 ounces at birth!