Clint Eastwood Says His Dad Didn’t Want Him to Get ‘Too Wrapped Up’ in Becoming an Actor

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for AFI)

Oh, if the father of Clint Eastwood could see his son now. Yet there was a time when Dad didn’t want him to focus on acting.

Say what? Yes, Outsiders, apparently Harry Callahan’s real-life pop didn’t want his son to get “too wrapped up” in show business.

Eastwood, 91, elaborated on that a little more in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. It was also published on Yahoo!. His latest movie, “Cry Macho,” comes out on Sept. 17.

Yet his growing-up years provided many lessons for him. His parents, Ruth and Clinton Eastwood, gave birth to their son on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, Calif. They made ends meet as Clint’s father had numerous jobs in California.

Father of Clint Eastwood Moved From One Job To Another

“All through the Depression and the war, my growing-up years, my dad had all kinds of jobs,” Clint Eastwood said. “He went job to job and we traveled all over the state. He worked at a Standard Oil station at the corner of Sunset and Pacific Coast Highway, it’s not there anymore, and I remember him telling my mother when I was just a little kid that some ancient actor or other had come in to get gasoline.

“I wonder if my dad would have liked to have been an actor or a singer,” Eastwood said. “He had a good voice. He and another fellow would perform at parties, but none of those breaks ever came his way.”

That might have been some hidden reason behind his father’s cautious words to his son.

“I remember when I told my father I was dropping out of L.A. City College to train to be an actor at Universal with a six-month option,” Clint Eastwood said. “He said, ‘Don’t get too wrapped up in that, it could be really disappointing.’ I said, ‘I think it’s worth a try.’ But I always remember it could have gone the other way.”

Yes, he could have been stuck bagging groceries for minimum wage. Moviegoers and TV viewers are quite happy Clint Eastwood became an actor.

When Award-Winning Actor Worked With Rooster, It Worked Out

Now we’re going to look at the venerable, award-winning actor and his latest co-star. Mind you, this co-star has a lot of feathers and two legs.

Clint Eastwood has his new movie, “Cry Macho,” coming out soon. But “Rowdy” Yates of “Rawhide” fame actually did work with a rooster.

The feathered friend actually was his buddy in the movie. Well, as much of a buddy as a rooster can be, Outsiders.

How did it work out, Clint Eastwood?

“The rooster would do exactly what he’s supposed to, everything, it was very simple and kind of fun,” he said.