We all know and love movie star and director Clint Eastwood. With countless movie awards he has, for many years, been the symbol of masculinity for his iconic roles, not to mention his role in politics.
His personal life is not something he shouts about but the 86-year-old star has had his fair share of romances; as well as being married twice he has seven children.
But now Eastwood has revealed a story that connects him to one of his iconic movies; a story that he has kept quiet about for decades.
The longest running movie star in Hollywood was born in 1930 in San Francisco during the Great Depression. He has one younger sister.
His father was a steel worker and the family moved around a lot during his youth. He was nicknamed Samson at birth as he weighed an astonishing 11 pounds 6 ounces. He eventually grew to be 6 feet 4 inches tall.
After high school he moved to Seattle where he worked as a lifeguard before being drafted into the United States Army in 1950, according to Wikipedia.
But, what many don’t know is that, at 21 years old, Eastwood was a passenger on a World War II-era Naval aircraft that crashed in the Pacific. I was catching a free ride from Seattle down to Almeda,” Eastwood said in an interview with The Telegraph.
It was stormy and we went down off of Point Reyes, California, in the Pacific. I found myself in the water swimming a few miles towards the shore. I remember thinking, ‘well, 21 is not as long as a person wants to live..