Clint Eastwood is a well-known and beloved film director and actor.
With several film accolades, he has long been regarded as a symbol of masculinity for his classic roles, not to mention his position in politics.
His personal life is not something he publicizes, but the 89-year-old icon has had his fair share of loves; he has been married twice and has seven kids.
But today, Eastwood has disclosed a narrative that links him to one of his most famous films, a story he has kept hidden for decades.
During the Great Depression, the longest-running movie star in Hollywood was born in San Francisco in 1930. He has an older sister.
His dad was a steel worker, and the family moved frequently when he was a child.
At birth, he was dubbed Samson and weighed an incredible 11 pounds 6 ounces. He finally reached a height of 6 feet 4 inches.
He relocated to Seattle after high school and worked as a lifeguard until being inducted into the United States Army in 1950.
Many people are unaware that Eastwood was a passenger on a World War II-era Naval aircraft that crashed in the Pacific when he was 21 years old.
Eastwood spent many hours in the Pacific, swimming through kelp beds before reaching land and mounting a rock to signal for assistance.
This knowledge came in handy when he directed the 2016 biographical film Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, starring Tom Hanks.
The award-winning film depicts US Airways Flight 1549’s 2009 emergency landing on the Hudson River, in which all 155 passengers and crew survived.
Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger made the split-second choice in the film to land the jet in the freezing cold waters of the Hudson River, a choice that was later questioned by his superiors.
Despite Sully’s remarkable landing and the lives he rescued, it was what happened later that astonished Eastwood the most.
Eastwood stated that anyone who can manage challenges without panicking, who can have their wits about them when circumstances go wrong, is a person of exceptional character and intriguing to see on film.
But the true struggle for him came later, when the investigating board questioned his actions, despite the fact that he had saved so many lives.
Eastwood has had an extraordinary career. Learn more in the video below.
He is still gorgeous, industrious, and brilliant at the age of 89. Thank you for creating such wonderful films.