Clint Eastwood: Actor, Director, Musician, Politician, and Libertarian

By Brennan Dubé | @BrennanForFilms

Clint Eastwood Jr. was born May 31st, 1930 in San Francisco and his life journey has been remarkable. He will go down as one of Hollywood’s greatest legends and has been in films in each of the last 7 decades. Some of his best hits include films such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Dirty Harry, Escape from Alcatraz, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino, also having directed the latter two. In addition to his 50 plus directorial credits, Eastwood has also directed over 30 films and has won several Academy Awards including Best Director on two separate occasions.

He is a man that has interests that often span across all spectrums of life. When Clint wants to get involved, he does. Throughout his acting and movie-making career, Eastwood pursued one of his biggest life interest. Music. Clint Eastwood did some work in music in his early career but as continuous success mounted Eastwood saw furthered opportunities to advance his career in the field. Eastwood began composing and in the 2007 film Grace is Gone, Eastwood got a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Eastwood has a cemented legacy in America and will forever be remembered for what he has done in Hollywood, but some may not realize just how political Clint Eastwood was.

He didn’t pull an Arnold Schwarzenegger and run for governor, but Clint Eastwood was a very passionate ideological follower of politics and his roots lie in Libertarianism. After being a member of the Republican party from 1952-1974, Eastwood became an Independent and stayed as one until 1997. Following the 23 years as an Independent, Eastwood then registered as a Libertarian and has apparently been one ever since; he confirmed he was a registered party member in 2009. In a 2004 interview with USA Today, Eastwood stated he wasn’t conservative nor ultra-left winged, but more so libertarian. Eastwood went on to state his life-long belief in leaving everyone alone. On an Ellen interview in 2012, Eastwood reaffirmed his idealistic position in stating his firm belief in social liberalism and fiscal responsibility. Now his rhetoric doesn’t just stay put at just rhetoric, Eastwood has actually held public office before. Eastwood served as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1986-1988 and sat on the California State Park and Recreation Commission.

Some other celebrities who identify as Libertarians are, actor Vince Vaughn, former WWE wrestler Kane (Glenn Jacobs), Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, actor Kurt Russell, and American Idol Star Kelly Clarkson.

Clint Eastwood’s most recent film: The Mule, opened up in theatres on December 14thand it follows the true story of the eldest known drug mule in history. Clint Eastwood not only plays the mule but also directs the film. This is his first lead acting role since his supposed retirement in 2012 after he played the lead in Trouble with the Curve. Check out my review of The Mule here.

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