After four Oscars, over 60 acting credits and nearly 40 credits as director, one would think the 86-year-old Clint Eastwood would plan to retire. However, he’s shown no signs of slowing down, with his latest film, Sully opening in theaters this weekend. His long career, which dates back to the early 1950s, has made him one of the wealthiest stars in Hollywood.
Eastwood’s new movie Sully stars Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549, the flight that landed in the middle of the Hudson River in January 2009. Warner Bros. is releasing the film on September 9.
Here’s a look at Eastwood’s wealth and what he does with it.
1. Eastwood’s Estimated Net Worth is $375 Million
Eastwood, who was born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, has an estimated net worth of $375 million, Celebrity Net Worth estimates.
Despite Eastwood’s wealth, he surprisingly doesn’t appear on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, which ranks celebrities based on annual earnings, not overall net worth. Eastwood did appear on the magazine’s 2009 Celebrity 100 list, ranking at #33. He earned an estimated $35 million between 2008 and 2009. During that span alone, he directed Changeling with Angelina Jolie and Gran Torino, which he starred in himself.
Eastwood made his acting debut with an uncredited role in 1955’s Revenge of the creature. It wasn’t until he landed the role of Rowdy Yates on Rawhide that he gained attention, but Sergio Leone made him a movie star in 1964’s A Fistful of Dollars.
Eastwood has four Oscar wins, all coming from his two different Best Picture Oscar winners. He won Best Picture and Best Director for Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Unforgiven (1992). He also received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995.
2. Eastwood’s Most Successful Film as Director is 2014’s ‘American Sniper’ With Bradley Cooper
Although we think of Eastwood as a major star, the surprising truth is that his 34 movies as director haven’t made all that much money. According to Box Office Mojo, he has only helmed four movies that have grossed over $100 million and two of those barely crossed that mark.
Million Dollar Baby earned $100.4 million and Unforgiven took in $101.2 million. Gran Torino was a surprise hit, taking in $148.1 million.
But Eastwood’s biggest success is 2014’s American Sniper. After a limited release on December 25, 2014 to qualify for the 2014 Oscars, the film’s January wide release set the January weekend record with $89.3 million. The film, about sniper Chris Kyle and starring Bradley Cooper, finished its domestic run with $350.1 million and added $197.3 million from foreign markets.
Since Eastwood has directed so many films, his directing efforts have grossed a combined $1.7 billion.
Why do studios give Eastwood top projects if they don’t always become breakout hits? Because Eastwood works incredibly fast and makes movies cheaply. Sniper only cost $58.8 million to make. It was also his second movie of 2014, as he also helmed the film version of Jersey Boys. Plus, putting Eastwood’s name on a movie poster never hurt.
3. He is the Chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Which Hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Eastwood is the chairman of the board for the Monterey Peninusla Foundation, a nonprofit group that hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am PGA Tour event and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach on the Champions Tour. Funds raised at the events are dispersed through grants to local organizations dedicated to community service. The New York Daily News reports that the foundation has raised over $100 million through the PGA tour event.
During the 2014 event, Eastwood was credited as saving tournament director and foundation CEO Steve John’s life when he saw John choking on a piece of cheese. Eastwood performed the Heimlich maneuver to save John. “I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life,” John told the Daily News.
Eastwood also takes part in the annual Clint Tournament at the Tehama Gold Club in Carmel, California.
He also supports his daughter Alison’s Eastwood Ranch, which is a non-profut animal welfare and rescue organization. In June, he attended the second annual Art for Animals Fundraiser for the Eastwood Ranch.
4. Eastwood Earned $200 a Month as Mayor of Carmel & Donated the Money to Youth Groups
In 1986, Eastwood was elected as mayor of the town Carmel-by-the-Sea in California and he held the non-partisan position until 1988. According to the BBC, Eastwood was elected with 2,166 votes while his opponent, the previous mayor, only earned 799 votes. He ran for the office after living there for 14 years and not being allowed to build a restaurant there. He spent $40,000 on the campaign. His pay for the job was $200 a month (about $430 in today’s money), which he donated to youth groups.
During his tenure, Eastwood did make it easier to build and renovate property and established a library for children. Amazingly, he found time to direct Heartbreak Ridge and Bird while in office.
Eastwood still calls Carmel home, and likes the idea he can avoid the paparazzi.
“For an area this size, there’s a lot of interesting things happening,” Eastwood told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2010. “I’ve been here so long that the local people don’t pay much attention to me. I’m not a Northern Californian who is anti-Los Angeles. But this is home, and that’s the way it’s going to be.”
5. Eastwood Refused to Pay Ex-Wife Dina Alimony Because They Signed a Prenuptial Agreement
Eastwood has had several relationships with different women and it’s not even clear how many children he has. He was first married to Maggie Johnson from 1953-1984 and she is the mother of Kyle and Alison. However, he had a daughter, Kimber, with Roxanne Tunis in 1964. Scott and Kathryn are the children of Eastwood and Jacelyn Reeves. Francesca is the daughter of Eastwood and Frances Fisher.
In 1996, he marred his second wife, Dina Ruiz. The couple separated in 2012, but their divorce wasn’t finalized until 2014. In December 2013, TMZ reported that they had signed a prenuptial agreement and Eastwood refused to gibe her spousal support. The two had one child together, daughter Morgan.
The number of Eastwood’s children isn’t clear because Alison was quoted by the Sunday Times in August 2011 as saying that Eastwood has “eight children by six women.” However, only seven are publicly known.
In a 2004 60 Minutes interview, Eastwood was asked how many children he has. “I have a few,” he replied.
Eastwood also had a relationship with actress Sandra Locke from 1975 to 1989 and wrote the autobiography The Good, The Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey. in 1996, the two went to court after she filed a lawsuit, claiming that Eastwood tried to ruin her career after they broke up. The two sides reached a settlement before it went to the jury and terms weren’t made public.
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