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Clint Eastwood made his name as a popular television and film actor, and went on to become an acclaimed filmmaker, directing several Academy Award-winning films.
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Clint Eastwood starred on the TV western "Rawhide" before transitioning to film as "the Man with No Name" in Sergio Leone's films. Eastwood has won the Academy Award for Best Director twice, for "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby."
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At one point during his convention speech, Eastwood pretended that the chair, or Barack Obama, was speaking to him: "What do you want me to tell Romney?" he asked the chair, "I can't tell him to do that. I can't tell him to do that to himself." Eastwood's strange speech spurred several news reports, as well as public discussion via social-network websites.
Eastwood has been married only twice, but had a number of relationships and fathered several children out of wedlock. He was married to Maggie Johnson between 1953 and 1980. They had two children, Alison (1972) and Kyle (1968). While married to Johnson, he had a child by Roxanne Tunis: Kimber Eastwood (1964).
Beginning in 1975, Eastwoof became romantically involved with costar Sondra Locke, which ended bitterly with a palimony suit in 1989. He is the father of two children by Jacelyn Reeves: Kathryn (1988) and Scott (1986). He and Frances Fisher had a daughter, Francesca Ruth. He married Dina Ruiz, a TV newscaster, in 1996. They had a daughter, Morgan, in December 1996.
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