In 1959, Clint Eastwood got his first break with the long-running television series, Rawhide. As Rowdy Yates (whom Eastwood would later refer to in interviews as “the idiot of the plains”), he made the show his own and became a household name across the country. But in the 60’s he became a common face on the big screen in what would come to be known as Spaghetti Westerns, as “the Man with no Name” in Sergio Leone’s loose trilogy of westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). I saw every one of those films from the backseat of my dad’s car at what was known then as the Valley Drive-In. My Dad loved Clint Eastwood, almost as much as he loved John Wayne and as soon as they hit the drive-in theater we were there. There was nothing more bigger than life than Clint Eastwood. Especially on that huge white screen! As kids we would dress like Clint Eastwood did in those films when we would play Cowboy and Indians.
Clint went on into the 70’s and 80’s making an even bigger name for himself, and today is one of the most accomplished and respected director/producers of our age.