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Clint Eastwood’s Family: Everything to Know About the Actor’s 8 Kids

Clint Eastwood has decades of success to his name as an actor and director, with no plans to retire any time soon, but his biggest accolade is having a close family. All of his kids keep in touch; he also stays in close contact with their families and his five grandchildren as well. He taught his children valuable life lessons that they’ve shared; such as “listen more,” for son Scott Eastwood, and “don’t take life too seriously” for daughter Alison Eastwood.

In 2018, at the premiere of “The Mule,” Eastwood showed off his successful family by walking the red carpet with three of his children, Scott, Alison, and Kyle. His ex-wife Maggie Johnson also attended, as did his long-time girlfriend Christina Sandera. There seem to be no hard feelings in this family; everyone still has love and respect for each other.

But what do we really know about the legendary actor’s family? Who have his children grown up to be? Who are their mothers? They’re all successful in their own right, but what do they do?

Clint Eastwood’s Oldest Daughter, Laurie Murray, Found Her Famous Father On Accident

Laurie Murray, 68, was born in February 1954 and was given up for adoption at birth. When she reached out to her birth mother, she did not want to be contacted. But, after searching ancestry records over three decades ago, she found out that none other than Clint Eastwood was her father. Eastwood welcomed her into the family. Murray’s son LT Murray said in 2018, “All I would say is that he’s been a great father to my mom, and always great to me and my family whenever we see him.”

Laurie Murray is married to Lowell Thomas Murray III; his family ran the Murray Pacific Timber Company for over a century. In 2004, she attended the Oscars with Eastwood and his mother, Ruth. It wasn’t widely acknowledged that she was his daughter until the 2018 premiere of “The Mule,” when all eight of his children attended. Then, it was fully confirmed that Laurie Murray was Clint Eastwood’s oldest child.

Kimber Lynn Eastwood is a Makeup Artist and Producer

With Roxanne Tunis, Clint Eastwood became father to Kimber Lynn Tunis, 57, in June 1964. He was still married to Maggie Johnson, and would be for twenty more years. She’s been the makeup artist for “Wheel of Fortune” since 2005; also for “Dog the Bounty Hunter” from 2009 to 2012. Kimber produced the movie “Rapture” in 2014, as well as “Diary of a Lunatic” in 2017.

Kyle Eastwood is a Jazz Musician

Kyle Eastwood, 53, was born in May 1968 to Clint Eastwood and his first wife Maggie Johnson. He is a jazz bassist, composer, and actor. He has said that his parents were both jazz lovers, and he grew up listening to records of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and the Stan Kenton Big Band. Kyle met Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughn as a teenager, going backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival with his father, who was supportive of his son’s music career. Kyle told the Independent previously, “As far as my father is concerned, as long as I was serious about my music career, he was supportive of me.”

Along with putting out his own albums of jazz music, Kyle has contributed to the music for nine of his father’s films. This includes “The Rookie,” “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” and others. He was nominated in 2006 for a Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Original Score for his contribution to “Letters From Iwo Jima.”

Alison Eastwood, 49, was born in May 1972 to Clint Eastwood and Maggie Johnson. She began her acting career with an uncredited role in “Bronco Billy” at age seven. She was briefly a model, posing for Vogue, Playboy, and several European magazines. Alison really followed her father into acting, though. She has credits for “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “Friends & Lovers,” “Poolhall Junkies” and “The Mule,” among others. She made a directorial debut with the film “Rails & Ties” in 2007.

Scott Eastwood, Probably the Best Known of Clint Eastwood’s Children

Clint Eastwood and Maggie Johnson split in 1984, and Scott Reeves, 36, was born in March 1986 to Jacelyn Reeves. He also followed his father and half-sister into acting. He has credits that span films like “Gran Torino,” “Invictus,” “Fury,” and “Suicide Squad”–which he didn’t return to after taking his father’s advice–among many others. Scott said in 2015, “I’ve auditioned for pretty much every one of my father’s movies,” noting that he was passed over for every one until “Gran Torino.” He initially auditioned with his given last name to avoid claims of nepotism, but eventually changed his name to Eastwood. Additionally, he’s also the spitting image of his father.

Kathryn Eastwood Went Into the Family Business As Well

The second child of Jacelyn Reeves and fourth for Clint Eastwood, Kathryn Reeves, 34, was born in February 1988. She goes by her father’s surname in her professional life. She is an actor and screenwriter, making her acting debut as Tommy’s girlfriend in the Clint Eastwood-directed “Jersey Boys.” Since then, she’s appeared in a number of short films, including “American Virus,” “Virus of the Dead,” and “Banned, Exploited, & Blacklisted.” She also wrote “American Virus” and “Virus of the Dead.”

Clint Eastwood’s Youngest Children

Francesca Fisher-Eastwood, 28, was born in August 1993 to actress Frances Fisher. Francesca is a model and actress, first appearing on the reality show “Mrs. Eastwood & Company,” which chronicled the life of Clint Eastwood’s then-wife Dina Ruiz-Eastwood. They were married from 1996 to 2014. Francesca has had parts on TV shows like “Fargo,” in which she and her mother played the same character at different ages, “Twin Peaks: The Return,” and on films like M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old.”

Morgan Eastwood, 25, is Clint Eastwood and Dina Ruiz-Eastwood’s only child, and the youngest of Eastwood’s children. Born in December 1996, according to IMDb, she grew up relatively normal. She’s had small roles in some of her father’s films as a child, and was featured in the series “Mrs. Eastwood & Company” with her half-sister. But overall, she’s pretty down to Earth. She has produced two short films, but otherwise keeps to herself.

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The actor Sergio Leone wanted instead of Clint Eastwood for ‘A Fistful of Dollars’

Hollywood’s most decorated living legend, Clint Eastwood, broke through in the late 1950s and ‘60s as one of many western stars riding the genre’s concurrent wave of popularity. Having established a tough, squinting outlaw image in the foundational TV series Rawhide and mastering it in Sergio Leone’s legendary Dollars Trilogy, the handsome gunslinger consolidated his status as the iconic anti-hero cop Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry franchise.
Throughout his six-decade stint under the Hollywood limelight, Eastwood expanded his skillset to become a leading producer and director, earning four Academy Awards and four Golden Globes for his duties behind the camera. Remarkably, Eastwood is still active today at 93 years of age and is currently working on his final movie, Juror #2.
However, the nonagenarian may not sit atop such a humbling mountain of success as an actor and filmmaker if Leone hadn’t given him his big movie break in the 1960s. The Dollars Trilogy finished most memorably with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in 1966 but set off with A Fistful of Dollars two years before.
Although joining the cast would turn out to be one of the most important steps in Eastwood’s career, he wasn’t enthusiastic about the project at first. “I was doing Rawhide, and I was coming to a hiatus,” Eastwood once recalled in a BBC documentary. “I took three months off, usually around February, March and April every year, and my agent in Los Angeles called me up and asked me if I’d like to go to Europe and make an Italian, German, Spanish co-production of a remake of a Japanese film [Yojimbo] in the plains of Spain.”
“I said, ‘Not particularly,’” Eastwood recalled with a smile.
Another hurdle to Eastwood’s unseen future was the fact that Leone didn’t really want Eastwood for the role initially. “I really wanted James Coburn, but he was too expensive,” Leone told the BBC. “The Italian cinema is very poor. We got Clint for $15,000, Coburn wanted $25,000.”
Continuing, the Italian director explained why he was initially wary of Eastwood’s style. “I didn’t see any character in Rawhide, only a physical figure,” he said. “What struck me most about Clint was his indolent way of moving; it seemed to me Clint closely resembled a cat.”
Eastwood recalled becoming more intrigued by the project after reading the uniquely constructed script. “The script was in English, very strange English because it had been written by an Italian group of people who didn’t speak English that well – especially English with what you’d call the western kind of slang,” he explained. “It was like an Italian concert of what a western slang would be.”
“So, a lot of the dialogue was a little bit on the shaky side,” Eastwood continued. “I liked it, though, and I felt that maybe a European approach would give the western new flavour because I thought it had been in a very stagnant period at that point.”
Ultimately, Leone settled for Eastwood, and Eastwood settled for $15,000 from a total movie budget of approximately $200,000. Although the movie was released in mainland Europe in 1964, it wouldn’t receive its theatrical debut in the US until 1967. Taking $19.9 million at the box office, the movie was a monumental commercial and critical success as the progenitor of the spaghetti western genre.
Watch the trailer for the A Fistful of Dollars 4K restoration below.

 
 

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“I don’t like it when it’s dumb”: Yellowstone Star Kevin Costner Revealed He Hates Western Genre Despite Sharing Clint Eastwood’s Rare Record In Hollywood

Taking a look at the rear-view mirror in the journey of Hollywood, everyone remembers the good old days when Western films dominated not just the US, but the entire world. And leading that charge was the legendary Clint Eastwood, along with stars like Kevin Costner following close behind. To this day, the effect of those classic pieces of cinema can be felt.
Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner
In fact, when we take a look at Costner’s career in the industry, many will realize that it was the 1985 Western classic Silverado that brought him to the spotlight. In the later stage of his career, he won two Academy Awards for his film Dances with Wolves, something that Eastwood has also managed to achieve. But despite leaving an everlasting impression, it seems like he doesn’t love the genre for being dumb.
Kevin Costner Reveals That He Doesn’t Love The Western Genre Because It’s Dumb
Kevin Costner in a still from Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner in a still from Dances with Wolves
While he may have been forgotten for a while in the changing landscape of Hollywood, the fans of the classic Western genre of films will never forget the impact Kevin Costner made with his films in the category. Going toe-to-toe in this genre with the face of old-school Western films Clint Eastwood himself, the actor and director has proved why he’s a genius in this department.
But despite achieving the extremely rare accolade of directing one of the only four Western films to receive the Oscars, also including Unforgiven by the Dirty Harry star, Costner reveals that this genre may not be his favorite.
In a past interview with Good Morning America, the former Yellowstone star talked about how he was not a big fan of the Western genre, the reason being that most of the films produced in it are dumb and illogical. He says that there’s too much of a straight divide between good and bad without any substantial form of moral complexity.
On top of that, he calls out the genre for being somewhat illiterate but has the potential to become so much more than just an illustrious piece of history. He said:
“[western] have to be literate. It’s too much black hat, white hat…I won’t tolerate bad language, meaning literacy of a western on TV or in film. I hate it. I don’t like it when it’s dumb because there’s such great opportunity because the architecture of a western should be to actually frighten you sitting in the dark, watching something. ‘That could have just happened to me. And I don’t know what I would’ve done’”
Thus, his new and unique outlook on the filmmaking of a Western film is what drives him to only make the best that the genre has ever seen.
What Was Dances With Wolves About?
A still from Dances with Wolves A still from Dances with Wolves
Widely considered to be one of the best films in the history of this genre, recognized by being awarded two Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director for Costner, Dances with Wolves may be Western filmmaking done right.
The film tells the tale of Civil War soldier Lieutenant John J. Dunbar, a man who is posted at Fort Hays, where he meets and develops a relationship with the native Lakota Indian tribe. Mesmerized by their lifestyle and simple outlook on the world, he soon finds himself being welcomed into their clan. But when Union Army soldiers come to their land with the agenda of uprooting the tribe, Dunbar has to choose a side.
Dances with Wolves, streaming on Prime Video.

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“He was too expensive”: Clint Eastwood Starred in ‘Dollars Trilogy’ After Director Couldn’t Afford Another Oscar Winning Actor With $15000 Salary

In today’s day and age, Clint Eastwood’s name is one that echoes with terms such as legendary and brilliant. His ability to be expressive as an actor without having to say too many dialogues was one admired by many. Not only his skills as an actor, but being a talented director helped build his reputation in the best way possible.
Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
During his days as an actor, there were many films offered to him. Some he let go of, others he grabbed as soon as he could. One of his most iconic works is the Dollars Trilogy with director Sergio Leone. Despite the massive amount of fame that he got from it, there was an unfortunate yet slight chance that Eastwood would have lost out on the role because Leone wanted another actor altogether.
Sergio Leone’s Initial Choice for His Trilogy was not Clint Eastwood
One of Clint Eastwood’s biggest movie trilogies, the Dollars trilogy was something that came along his career, giving him a boost the actor never knew he needed. The year 1964 saw a rise in his fame from then on. However, as per BBC (via Farout Magazine), Eastwood was not Sergio Leone’s first choice for the film.
James Coburn
“I really wanted James Coburn, but he was too expensive,” Leone stated. “The Italian cinema is very poor. We got Clint for $15,000, Coburn wanted $25,000.”
The director revealed that because of the budgetary limitations that they had, there was no way possible for him to get James Coburn for the role. The actor wanted $10,000 more than what Eastwood had settled on, making it an absolutely impossible choice for them to hire Coburn. He elaborated on how being in the Italian cinema at that time did not give him flexibility with the budget. Due to this, Eastwood became his ideal choice and that in turn benefitted his career.
Clint Eastwood Almost did not Join Sergio Leone
Clint Eastwood’s career has been a rising climb for decades now. One of the reasons for this is his credible fame because of the Dollars trilogy. However, there was a slight chance that the actor would have given up on the role. According to a BBC documentary (via Farout Magazine), the actor was hesitant about saying yes.
Clint EastwoodClint Eastwood
 “I was doing Rawhide, and I was coming to a hiatus,” Eastwood remembered. “I took three months off, usually around February, March and April every year, and my agent in Los Angeles called me up and asked me if I’d like to go to Europe and make an Italian, German, Spanish co-production of a remake of a Japanese film [Yojimbo] in the plains of Spain.”
The actor/director stated that he was asked to make a film in a rather peculiar setting right after he was coming back from a three-month-long break. His reply to the same had been a rejection. In the end, he warmed up to the idea.

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