Celebrating Seniors - Clint Eastwood Turns 85 - Legacy and Long Life - 5 of 5

Senior City celebrates the 85th birthday of Clint Eastwood on May 31st 2015, with the fifth of a five part series this week.

clint eastwood, 1965, sergio leone western movies Clint Eastwood circa 1965 in a Sergio Leone western. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons | Sergio Leone)

Clint Eastwood became a senior citizen when he turned 65 in 2000, and although the frequency of his movies slowed down, the quality and breadth of his film work in his senior years continued to grow. His baby boomer fans from his days in television and early movies stayed loyal and he picked up new generations of movie-goers.

Since 2000 Clint Eastwood has either produced, directed, acted or composed the score for, 16 movies; and in some cases, performed all of these roles. 4 of his 5 Academy Award nominations for Best Picture came for movies Eastwood produced as a senior, including his second win in 2004 for Million Dollar Baby.

clint eastwood 2007, american actor, movie director, movie producer, filmmaker, academy awards, senior citizen, septuagenarian, letters from iwo jima press(Clint Eastwood 2007 Photo: Siebbi | Flickr Some rights reserved)

Clint’s professional legacy from acting, directing, producing and composing for movies, and as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, may prove to be matched in the future by his personal legacy and output…

Because of his many fractured romantic relationships, Clint Eastwood has had varying degrees of involvement in his children’s lives. Oldest child, his daughter Kimber Eastwood, whom he didn’t publicly acknowledge until the 1990’s, is now a make-up artist and film producer; she had a small role in his 1997 Absolute Power movie.

Clint Eastwood had much more involvement in the lives of his children with first wife Maggie Johnson – son Kyle Eastwood is a composer and jazz bassist and has appeared in a few of his films, most recently in the 2011 movie J. Edgar as a band member. Daughter Alison Eastwood is a former model and more recently has returned to acting as well as directing. She has had roles in several of Clint’s films, starting at age 7 in Bronco Billy (1980). Alison Eastwood married sculptor Stacy Poitras in 2013.

Eastwood’s children with Jacelyn Reeves are also in the movie business. Son Scott Eastwood is a model and on his way to becoming a movie star with his role in 2015’s The Longest Ride, co-starring with Alan Alda. Scott has appeared in 16 movies since 2004; in the first 6 movies he was credited as Scott Reeves, but since 2009 he’s gone by Scott Eastwood. He has acted in 4 of his father’s films, including 2 alongside his father – Gran Torino (2008), as Scott Reeves, and Trouble With the Curve in 2012 as Scott Eastwood. Clint’s daughter with Jacelyn also goes by his name professionally; as Kathryn Eastwood, she’s an actress and writer whose career is just beginning to pick up.

Francesca Eastwood, Clint’s daughter with Frances Fisher born in 1993, has been an actress since she was a child and has appeared in 8 films, including Eastwood’s 1999 movie True Crime, in which both Clint and her mother Frances both acted in; and 2014’s Jersey Boys. Her marriage of 1 week to Jordan Feldstein was annulled in November 2013.

His youngest child, teenage daughter Morgan Eastwood (from his 2nd marriage to Dina Ruiz), has had small roles in a few of Eastwood’s film’s, including 2004’s Million Dollar Baby and 2008’s Changeling; and she appeared along with half-sister Francesca on her mother’s 2012 reality show, Mrs. Eastwood & Company. Dina and Clint Eastwood’s divorce was finalized in December 2014.

Actor Matt Damon has worked with master movie craftsman Clint Eastwood more than once. Matt Damon starred in two movies directed and produced by Clint Eastwood:

  • Invictus (2009), a South African apartheid/rugby story co-starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela
  • Hereafter (2010), a touching dramatic fantasy about death and “afterlife” experiences, co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Cécile De France, and Jay Mohr. Below, Hereafter stars Matt Damon and Bryce Dallas Howard flank and director-producer Clint Eastwood in 2009.

clint eastwood 2009, matt damon, bryce dallas howard, american actors, actresses, 2010 new york film festival, movie producer, director, costars, senior citizen, septuagenarian(2009 Photo: Raffi Asdourian | Flickr Some rights reserved)

Clint Eastwood met hostess Christine Sandera in 2014 at his Mission Ranch Hotel & Restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and they have been dating since then. Once again there is a significant age difference; Christine is in her early 50+ years, but that doesn’t seem to be a barrier for Clint or Christine. Christine Sandera accompanied Eastwood to the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony, where his American Sniper movie (2014) was nominated for Best Picture. 

clint eastwood 2011, american actor, movie producer, director, academy awards, toronto international film festival, tiff, older, senior citizen, septuagenarian,Right, Clint Eastwood at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). (Photo: Gordon Correll | Flickr Some rights reserved)

In a 2012 interview Clint Eastwood spoke about his dedication to healthy aging, nutrition and retirement plans:

I always work hard to keep sharp…I think it’s very important, as one ages, to learn new things. That’s why I have no ambition to retire.

His senior citizen fitness regimen? According to Clint,

I like to rotate between cardio and resistance exercises…Lifting weights is important to maintain bone density. Plus it’s a great endorphin lift, and it relieves a lot of mental stress as well.”

Words to live long by!

Below, a happy looking, still fit and active octogenarian senior citizen Clint Eastwood at a Pebble Beach “Celebrity Challenge” golf tournament in February 2015.

clint eastwood 2015, pebble beach golf links, 3m celebrity challenge golf touranment, golfer, octogenarian, senior citizen, american actor(Clint Eastwood 2015 Photo: Steven L. Shepard, Presidio of Monterey Public Affairs | Flickr Public Domain)

Happy 85th Birthday, Clint Eastwood!

Previously in the Celebrating Seniors – Clint Eastwood Turns 85 series:

Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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