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Clint Eastwood

(actor and director, born May 31, 1930, San Francisco, California) As a director Clint Eastwood has the reputation of being one of the best in the world and of knowing exactly what he wants and how to get it. He's been called "the most important small-town artist in America," by Norman Mailer. As an actor he is a superstar, "perceived by audiences to be playing himself while turning that self into a receptacle for other folks' fantasies," says the Los Angeles Times. Eastwood grew up in depression-era California, worked as a lumberjack in Oregon, taught swimming in the US Army, studied at Los Angeles City College on the GI Bill, and celebrated his 25th birthday by landing a $75-a-week contract at Universal Studios. His first three years in the movies were not especially encouraging, playing bit roles in a string of B-movies, including Revenge of the Creature, Francis in the Navy, and Ambush at Cimarron Pass.