Clint Eastwood Reveals The Heartbreaking Struggles That Lead To His Success

Filming began in the excruciating Arizona heat, the summer of 1958, but stardom came with a high price. The Rawhide years (1959–65) were some of the most grueling of Eastwood’s career. He often filmed for six days a week at an average of twelve hours a day, and was worked far past the point of exhaustion. But Eastwood persevered as his strong work ethic carried him through.

Rawhide premiered in January 1959 and after its release took only three weeks to reach the top 20 in the TV ratings. Although the series never won an Emmy, Rawhide earned critical acclaim and won the American Heritage Award as the “Best Western Series on TV” and it was nominated several times for “Best Episode” by the Writer’s and Director’s Guilds.

Eastwood’s first interview for Rawhide came in August 1959, which they concentrated on his physical fitness, taking photographs of fit-as-a-fiddle Eastwood doing pushups at home as he advised readers to keep in shape, warned against carbohydrates and recommended skipping beverages loaded with sugar and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and vitamins — standards that he encourages and is passionate about to this day.

On July 21, 1970, Eastwood’s father tragically died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 64. The death, described by Fritz Manes as “the only bad thing that ever happened to him in his life,” came as a shock to Eastwood, as his grandfather had lived to be 92. Eastwood struggled to pick up the pieces, but was more motivated than ever to work diligently.

Although Eastwood had always been a health and fitness enthusiast, he became more so after his father’s death. He abstained from hard liquor, adopted a more rigorous health regime, and sought to stay fit.


After reaching unparalleled success with a total of 217 black-and-white episodes of Rawhide, Eastwood landed several major movie roles and continued to climb the ladder of success. In A Fistful of Dollars, Eastwood played the mysterious role of “The Man With No Name”.

When asked how he played the part of “The Man with No Name” Eastwood revealed, “In Rawhide I did get awfully tired of playing the conventional white hat. The hero who kisses old ladies and dogs and was kind to everybody. I decided it was time to be an anti-hero.

I wanted to play it with an economy of words and create this whole feeling through attitude and movement. It was just the kind of character I had envisioned for a long time, keep to the mystery and allude to what happened in the past. It came about after the frustration of doing Rawhide for so long. I felt the less he said, the stronger he became and the more he grew in the imagination of the audience.”

Eastwood continued to land major roles and has appeared in over 50 films — starring in 42 of them. Featured in a wide variety of genres from western, action, comedy, and drama films. Hang ‘Em High, Play Misty for Me, Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz, Tightrope, The Bridges of Madison County, Unforgiven and Gran Torino are just a few of Eastwood’s iconic featured movie roles.

Eastwood also found additional success while sitting in the director’s chair. Directing in 1971 and in 1982, his debut as a producer began with two films, Firefox and Honkytonk Man.


Eastwood has received multiple awards and nominations for his work in the films Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby, among others. These awards include Academy Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.


According to several reports, projects Eastwood has acted in have grossed more than $1.71 billion domestically, with an average of $37 million per film. Eastwood’s latest project American Sniper was released on January 16, 2015. The film had the biggest opening weekend ever for a film released in the month of January.

When liberals slammed Eastwood for making American Sniper (a movie about the heroic fallen U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle) and threatened that it wouldn’t win any awards, Eastwood brilliantly responded, “Were not making the picture for awards.”

But this wasn’t the first time Eastwood has gone against the grain. In fact, Eastwood is commonly known as one of Hollywood’s most influential conservatives, and he never misses an opportunity to share his belief and speak truth.

When Hannity asked Eastwood why he’s so outspoken politically, Eastwood replied, “I just felt one day, we [referring to actors in Hollywood] never stepped up to do anything. And I thought, you know… we are kinda chicken, we’re sitting here going, ‘we’ll let somebody else do it.’ If it makes the right people angry, then good. Maybe it will wake them up!”

And Eastwood has done just that — on several occasions — as he fights to guard many of the same freedoms our nation’s Founding Fathers fought so hard to secure.

When Eastwood received a ton of negative media for proudly supporting our Second Amendment, the classy iconic actor responded, “I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.”

The liberal media was outraged at Eastwood’s empty-chair speech at the Republican National Convention in 2012, when the 85-year-old iconic legend used an empty chair to address an “invisible” President Obama who has failed to lead our country properly.

And just recently, the liberal media also disliked Clint Eastwood’s compliments of Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

“I think people are looking for somebody who is outspoken and who isn’t afraid. And he [Trump] seems to have kind of a fearless attitude.

He’s one of Hollywood’s wealthiest actors, but instead of blowing his money on dozens of cars and houses, Eastwood invests in his children and lives a very modest lifestyle in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Clint Eastwood is still considered one of America’s most famous movie stars, but the actor reveals it didn’t come without a price. Eastwood has always considered his family’s privacy his greatest priority — and that’s no easy feat with seven children.

A recent photo posted by his son, Scott Eastwood, sweetly read “Family dinner. 3 of my sisters and my brother. And who is that good looking guy? My pops. The man, the myth, the legend.”


Clint admits he isn’t perfect, and in retrospect, he acknowledges that he’s made a lot of mistakes. Eastwood is far from proud of the fact that he was a womanizer throughout his younger years — often turning to women for comfort and failing to stay faithful for very long due to a lack of self-esteem. But today, the proud papa and true family man encourages his children to learn from his mistakes and never let fame get to their heads.


Scott Eastwood shared, “He [his father, Clint Eastwood] didn’t care if I was a plumber or if I was an actor. He just said, ‘Whatever you do, do it well. Be humble, work hard and be a man.’”

And Clint Eastwood is determined to raise his children right. In the Eastwood home, there are no handouts, instead, each of Clint’s children were taught to work hard and earn their own money.

“My dad was pretty old school,” Scott Eastwood told PEOPLE. “I’ve had a job since I can remember and it’s not like he was like, ‘Hey, what kind of car do you want?’” he says with a laugh. “My first car was a ’91 Ford Crown Victoria that was $1,000. And I had to buy every car after that. I had to do it all.”


“Made me into a man!”: Scott Eastwood, 29, credited father Clint Eastwood, 85, for being the force behind his attempted maturity in a sweet throwback picture he shared on Instagram.

The 86-year-old has taken home five Academy Awards, five Golden Globes, and numerous other honors, but Clint Eastwood takes pride in his children — and it’s a beautiful sight to behold.

Clint Eastwood’s life boasts of what God can do when one man is willing work hard, honor his country, lead his family, and strive to make a difference. And there’s no doubt that Clint Eastwood’s life has inspired Americans of all ages. 

While listening to Clint Eastwood’s inspiring story, I just couldn’t help but think of Peter 5:5-7, which reads,

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 22:  Recipient of the Fandango Fan Choice award for Favorite Film of 2014, 'American Sniper,' Clint Eastwood speaks onstage during CinemaCon and Warner Bros. Pictures Present “The Legend of Cinema Luncheon: A Salute to Clint Eastwood” at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 22, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 22 Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Thank you Clint Eastwood, for your unashamed faith and unwavering principles. Clint Eastwood will forever be one of the world’s most beloved actors. America needs more men in Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, please share if you agree.