My choice for this week is the actor and director Clint Eastwood.
I saw him first in his directorial début, the thriller Play Misty For Me, a somewhat nasty film but also a scarily realistic portrait of a man completely out of his depth. After that I was hooked and went on to watch as many of his films as I could get my hands on. I even had a full-sized poster of “The Man With No Name” on my wall at some point.
His career has been incredibly varied, from first coming to prominence in the TV series Rawhide, to being nominated for the Academy Awards 11 times and winning 5 Oscars (so far).
He has a reputation for playing roles which are often a portrayal of justice, mercy, suicide, and the angel of death, and the pacing in his films is said to be “unrushed and relaxed” with an almost noir-ish feel.
It would be impossible to list all his achievements here, so I’ll limit myself to a few of my favourites. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Where Eagles Dare, where he almost single-handedly destroys the Wehrmacht(!), High Plains Drifter, In the Line of Fire (with the excellent John Malkovich), Unforgiven, and Million Dollar Baby (the last two for which he won Best Picture and Best Director).
Clint is now 81 years old, and let’s face it, the guy ages well!