July 19, 2021
NEWS ANALYSIS — Clint Eastwood, the uniquely American cultural and cinematic icon, put out a cryptic social media post Sunday (July 18) evening that suggests the 91-year-old actor, Oscar-winning director and producer could be winding down a 60+ year career in the public eye.
Eastwood, who started his career in the 1950s on television, has more than 65 movies to his credit, ranging from spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the “Dirty Harry” franchise, and action comedies Every Which But Loose and Any Which Way You Can. He cemented his critical legacy in 1992, winning Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Unforgiven.
In 2003, Eastwood directed Mystic River, which won Oscars for co-stars Sean Penn and Tim Robbins. Eastwood won again in 2004 with Million Dollar Baby, co-starring Hilary Swank, who also won an Oscar. The actor’s personal box office clout soared again in 2008, starring in and directing Gran Torino.
Eastwood’s latest effort, the Warner Bros. neo-western Cry Macho, in which he co-stars and directs, is set to debut theatrically and on HBO Max Sept. 17.