Eastwood was drafted into the US Army in 1950 and discharged in 1953. He was stationed at Fort Ord in California and almost lost his life when the Douglas AD bomber ran out of fuel and crashed into the sea. Escape with a life raft, Eastwood and the pilot were able to swim two miles back to shore.
Universal Studios employees Chuck Hill had seen Eastwood during filming in Fort Ord and brought him to the company. EastwoodHis tall stature and good looks were impressive and he eventually signed a contract with Universal in 1954.
After working closely with directors such as Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Eastwood decided to go behind the camera himself. Siegel gave him a thumbs up for his script and Eastwood He made his directorial debut in 1971 with the thriller Play Misty for me. Over the next decades Eastwood continued to expand his career as a respected actor and director.
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