By Brandon Specktor Sep 17, 2012
Starred in: A Fistful of Dollars ('64); The Good, the Band and the Ugly ('66); Dirty Harry ('71); The Outlaw Josey Wales ('76); Escape From Alcatraz ('79); Unforgiven ('92); Space Cowboys (2000); Million Dollar Baby ('04); Gran Torino ('08)
Directed: High Plains Drifter ('73); The Outlaw Josey Wales; Unforgiven; Space Cowboys; Mystic River ('03);Million Dollar Baby; Flags of Our Fathers ('06); Gran Torino; J Edgar ('11)
Clint forged his career in the cruel, sun-parched badlands of…Western Europe. His spree of so-called Spaghetti Westerns under the direction of Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone not only redefined a fading genre, but positioned Clint as king gunslinger in front of and behind the camera for decades to come. As director, he's scored a fistful of Oscars forMillion Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, noms aplenty, and the distinction of becoming the most newsworthy figure in a presidential election he's not even involved in. Ride on, cowboy.