8 Decades of The Hollywood Reporter
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Clint Eastwood grew up in Northern California and survived a plane crash off the coast while in the Army ("I kept my eyes on the lights on shore and kept swimming" was how he later described the experience) before moving to L.A. His breakout came in 1955, when he scored a role in the film Francis in the Navy. But his career took off with the CBS series Rawhide in 1959, when he was 28. He never did TV again except for brief appearances, such as the open-to-interpretation, extemporaneous speech to a chair at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30. ("It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches because I'm Joe Citizen," Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone.) While doing Rawhide, Eastwood complained that he felt stifled when he wasn't allowed to direct. "I began to direct my own films in 1970," he said in 1992. "The only means I had to be able to direct was to act in the films. … Afterwards, I grew to like it." He went on to net 10 Oscar noms and four wins. Eastwood's next film as an actor, Trouble With the Curve, opens Sept. 21.