Clint Eastwood

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Clint Eastwood

Many people believe Clint Eastwood (born May 31, 1930) and Leone started the spaghetti westerns. While that's untrue, Eastwood's spaghetti westerns sure did bring the genre into a whole new world. Since Eastwood and Leone brought it to the American and international audiences in 1964 with Per un pugno di dollari or A Fistful Of Dollars, the genre has been rapidly growing and getting the credit it deserves. The Dollars series made him a household name, and cemented him into one of the best actors who has ever lived. He took part in only the three Dollars films but that was enough as all three are regarded as some of the best westerns ever made.

Having previously acted in western parts on American television series such as Rawhide, Eastwood played "The Man with no Name" in Leone's Dollars trilogy, a bounty hunter and hired gun with a sense of justice. The third and final Dollars film, [[Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il|The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, is often hailed as among the best westerns ever created. He blasts his way through the films in various stand-offs, double-crosses and showdowns. He created the anti-hero for many people, and his performances have inspired actors and filmmakers around the world.

Unlike his co-stars in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach, Eastwood never appeared in another spaghetti western. Instead he returned to American westerns, many of them inspired by the spaghetti western style he had helped to develop, such as Hang 'Em High (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and High Plains Drifter (1973), which was one of his first films as director. Other acclaimed westerns he has written, directed and starred in include The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976), Pale Rider (1985) and Unforgiven (1992). He has also worked in many other genres, such as the Dirty Harry series of urban thrillers, and continues to act and direct in an eclectic range of projects.


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Movie Lines

  • "You shoot to kill, you better hit the heart. Your own words, Ramone" - A Fistful Of Dollars
  • "You may run the risks, my friend, but I do the cutting. We cut down my percentage - uh, cigar? - liable to interfere with my aim." - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
  • "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig." - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly