In a career spanning 60 years, Clint Eastwood has established himself as an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. Eastwood is best known for his pioneering work in the spaghetti Western genre and the Dirty Harry films, but his fascinating life proves that he is just as legendary off-camera. For example, Eastwood has proven to be a highly talented director in the later stages of his career, with many of his films being gritty examinations of contemporary issues. In addition, he has won dozens of awards for his work in the film industry, but this only scratches the surface of what makes Eastwood such an iconic and beloved figure.
10. His First Role Was An Un-credited Part In Revenge Of The Creature
It is hard to imagine Clint Eastwood in any role that isn’t a tough, gun-slinging anti-hero, but even Hollywood’s greatest have to start somewhere. In 1955, Eastwood took on a minor and un-credited role in Revenge of the Creature, the sequel to monster-horror classic Creature from the Black Lagoon. Eastwood was cast as a soft-spoken lab technician named Jennings, who thinks that his experiment has gone disastrously, as he has lost one of his test rats. Comically, Jennings then becomes flustered after discovering that the rat is hiding in his lab coat. A string of minor roles followed this first one, and Eastwood eventually got a big break in 1958, when he was cast as Rowdy Yates for the Western series Rawhide. This paved the way for him to star in A Fistful of Dollars, which consequently sparked his career, and was a major milestone in the history of Western genre in movies.