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David Sterritt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172011

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.001.0001

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A Fistful of Movies

A Fistful of Movies

Rowdy Yates and the Man With No Name

(p.24) Chapter Two A Fistful of Movies
The Cinema of Clint Eastwood

David Sterritt

Columbia University Press

This chapter provides a brief biography of Clint Eastwood, and a background of his acting career. Clint Eastwood Jr. was born on 31 May 1930 in San Francisco, California. He grew interested in jazz at an early age, and his immersion in such music had a deep and lasting impact on his work as both an actor and director. After being accepted at the Universal Talent School, he landed his first movie role in 1954, courtesy of producer William Alland, who asked him to play a lab technician in Revenge of the Creature, the 3-D sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon. Over the next three years, he had uncredited bit parts in several other films including Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955), and Never Say Goodbye (1956). He finally received his break in the role of Rowdy Yates in the western series Rawhide (1958).

Keywords:   Clint Eastwood, jazz, Universal Talent School, William Alland, Revenge of the Creature, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Lady Godiva of Coventry, Never Say Goodbye, Rowdy Yates, Rawhide

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