1996 Clint Eastwood Tribute

Clint Eastwood revieves the AFI Life Achievement Award on February 29, 1996 at Merv Griffin's Beverly Hilton Hotel. The evening's hosts were Jim Carrey and Rene Russo.

Clint Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, to Ruth and Clinton Eastwood, Sr. "My father used to say to me, 'Show'em what you can do, and don't worry about what your gonna get. Say you'll work for free and make yourself invaluable.

After a stint in the Army, Clint Eastwood came to Hollywood and enrolled at Los Angeles City College. Three weeks later he was offered a contract by Universal-International at $75 a week.

While visiting a friend at CBS, Clint Eastwood was noticed by network executive Robert Sparks, who asked him to read for the second lead in the television series RAWHIDE (1959-1966). One week later, he was cast as Rowdy Yates.

Clint Eastwood took a chance when he went off to Spain to make A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964), a spaghetti western, for director Sergio Leone. His fee was $15,000, and he was the only English-speaking member of the cast and crew.

Reprising the gunman character for the third time in THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966), Eastwood's 'The Man With No Name' gained a nickname, "Joe," and a new co-star, Eli Wallach. With Wallach.

Said HANG 'EM HIGH co-star Bruce Dern, "I pushed his face in that and he came up sputtering and trying to blow sand out of his mouth, and he just got on with the scene." With Pat Hingle.

Of his COOGAN'S BLUFF role as a resourceful Arizona sheriff, Eastwood said, "Originally, they were playing the guy much more as a bumbling type.... Well, I thought that had been done a lot in the past with James Stewart and a lot of other guys." With Susan Clark.