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Glassberg arranged for an audition under Arthur Lubin, who, although very impressed with Clint's appearance and stature at 6'4" (193 cm), disapproved initially of his acting skills, remarking, "He was quite amateurish.He didn't know which way to turn or which way to go or do anything".In 2000, Eastwood was awarded the Italian Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for lifetime achievement.

Eastwood was born on May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, California, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr. Ruth later took the surname of her second husband, John Belden Wood (1913–2004), whom she married after the death of Clinton Sr.

In late 1963, Eastwood's co-star on Rawhide, Eric Fleming, rejected an offer to star in an Italian-made western called A Fistful of Dollars, to be directed in a remote region of Spain by the then relatively unknown Sergio Leone.

Richard Harrison suggested Eastwood to Leone because Harrison knew Eastwood could play a cowboy convincingly.

Instead, he attended Oakland Technical High School, where he was held back due to poor academic scores and scheduled to graduate in January 1949 as a midyear graduate, although it is not clear if he ever did.

a boyhood friend two years younger than Eastwood, who remained associated with him until their falling out in the mid-1980s.

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