Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco on May 31, 1930 to regular blue-collar parents. He grew up in Northern California, and moving around a lot ending up attending eight different schools before his family finally settled in Springfield, Oregon. He graduated from high school later than most and briefly attended junior college but eventually left to pursue acting. Eastwood started finding work as an actor in 1955 with several bit parts in B-movies. He soon got his break as a supporting cast member in the TV series Rawhide in 1959. He stated with the show for six years. While still on the show, he was cast in A Fistful of Dollars in 1964, then For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly rounded out the Spaghetti western trilogy. He continued in westerns through the 60’s and after a few more films starred in 1971 in the police film Dirty Harry, which garnered him super-star status and helped create a cop genre that has been continuously imitated. Since that time he has starred in some 36 more films of various genres making him one of the most well-known actors in history. What follows is a list of my particular favorite Eastwood films. Not all of them are his most well known, or even his best reviewed, but they are the films I think best represent his career.
#6 – Gran Torino (2008)
Director: Clint Eastwood
Writers: Nick Schenk, Dave Johannson
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Christopher Carley
In this film Eastwood plays an ornery Korean War vet named Walt Kowalski. He is a patriotic, but slightly bigoted man who during the course of the movie sets out to reform his neighbor, who is a young Hmong teenager, who attempted to steal his prized 1972 Gran Torino automobile in order to impress a local gang. Kowalski ends up learning more about the teens family and culture and opens his mind a bit more than he is used to. In the end he even takes a deadly stand against the gang in order to protect his new young friend. This movie seems to be the natural progression of an Eastwood character.