Clint Eastwood is a name that is synonymous with the world of film. The actor has become a legend, having a career that spans decades and numerous classic films to his credit. His presence is remarkable, and every performance is remembered by millions of fans and critics alike. As he turns 84 on his birthday today, we take a look at his top most amazing movie roles, and salute the actor.
5. Frank Horrigan in ‘In the line of fire’
In one of his more serious roles, Clint plays a Secret Service agent who is at an advanced age. He always remembers his inability to protect the President from assassination. However, he gets a chance to stop an assassin from doing the same to the current President as well. He makes the role a captivating one through his acting skills.
4. Frankie Dunn in ‘Million Dollar Baby’
This movie was directed by Clint, and he also played the role of a trainer, who coached Hilary Swank’s character. She was a poor woman who wanted to be a boxer, and he was hesitant to train her at first, but eventually makes her a skilled boxer. Clint delivers a heartfelt yet technically spot-on performance as the ‘macho’ coach who ‘doesn’t train girls’, and his movie went on to win four Academy Awards.
3. Harry Callahan in ‘Dirty Harry’
This was the movie that really made Clint a household name, and a reliable movie star. He plays a police inspector, who resorts to equally ‘dirty’ means to solve issues. The movie has Clint saying the memorable line, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question… ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well do ya, Punk?”
2. Frank Morris in ‘Escape from Alcatraz’
In this movie, Clint plays a heinous criminal named Frank, who manages to escape from any prison he is put into. Then he is put into the Alcatraz prison, which is impossible to leave. Based on the life of an actual criminal, the movie has impeccable acting by Clint, including some crucial moments of tension.
1. Man with No Name in ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’
In the Sergio Leone – directed trilogy, this film is made the best thanks to Clint’s acting and portrayal of the Man with No Name. Considered to be the greatest movie of all time by many, Clint plays the good guy, facing off against two other characters with not-so-good intentions. The final scene is especially epic.