In the mid-1950s, Clint Eastwood made his way to Hollywood to break into acting. As you can see from the pictures after the jump, he hadn’t yet formed his signature squinty-eyed tough guy persona, and he’s peddling his wares pretty hard. He fumbled his way through a handful of B-movies, was going nowhere, and sank into a funk. This was admittedly a rough patch for Clint, and he almost threw in the towel altogether. Then in 1957 Clint Eastwood landed the role that would launch him– Rowdy Yates, in the TV Western series Rawhide. He honed his craft and made a marketable name for himself. Then in 1964 he jumped back into the big screen ring again– this time for the Spaghetti Western classic, A Fistful of Dollars. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The moral to the story– stick with it. Getting off the ground is always the hardest part– if you can get through the initial setbacks, overcome, and learn from them– it will be ever be as tough again.
Clint Eastwood at home in California prepped-out in an old Izod Lacoste polo. Our man Clint is a bit short-waisted as you can see here, and achieves his height with long legs.