Clint Eastwood may in his 90s now, but once upon a time he was a young star trying to make it in Hollywood. While Eastwood found his place amid spaghetti westerns and cowboy films, the actor once paid his dues appearing in small roles in the 1950s . But one of the A-lister’s breakout roles came in 1959. That was for his appearance in “Rawhide.” In a series of new photos, the actor is shown as the young hunk he was during that time. In a behind-the-scenes look, he’s doing a handstand shirtless amid a dusty background.
“Rawhide” was a CBS production that aired over 200 episodes between 1959 and 1966. The show starred Eastwood along with Eric Fleming. The young actor won over the hearts of Americans everywhere and soon became Hollywood gold.
His photo from “Rawhide” is a nostalgic look into the past, sharing Eastwood’s classic good looks and casual western style, via MeTV. Head that way for the pics.
Soon after the TV series ended, Eastwood went on to star in classics like “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” He then found his passion in directing. While Eastwood received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, it would be his directing that would win him two other Academy Awards. His 1992 film “Unforgiven” earned the writer and director the Oscar for Best Director and best Film. Later, he would go on to receive the Best Director award for “Million Dollar Baby,” starring Hillary Swank.
Clint Eastwood Shares Important Advice from His Father
“My dad taught me that whatever you do, do it well. Be the best at what you can do for that particular job in life. That always resonated with me,” he says.
He went on to add of his early acting days:
“When I used to be a contract player in 1954 at Universal, I wasn’t getting any good roles. I was getting one-liners, and then I’d be gone. But I’d hang around. I’d watch guys. And when I had days off, I’d go down and watch other sets while they were shooting.”
The icon certainly took his father’s advice and kept pushing forward. The opportunities kept coming. And with that Eastwood was on his way. He even shared a time he had great instincts about his role in “Fistful of Dollars.”
“Because here I was, a guy who’s doing Rawhide. I’m in the saddle every day playing a screwball. And then somebody comes along and says, ‘How would like to go to Italy and Spain. Do an Italian/Spanish/German co-production. With an Italian director who’s only directed one movie?'”