Most people know actor and director Clint Eastwood from his “Dirty Harry” films and his spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and 1970s. Eastwood went on to be an accomplished entertainer who even won numerous Academy Awards for his films. But very few people realize what Eastwood’s life was like in the early 1950s.
Eastwood actually served in the Army Special Services in 1950 at Fort Ord, which was in Monterey, California. During his stint in the Army, he met two actors named Martin Milner and David Janssen. They told Eastwood that he should consider becoming an actor when he gets out of the Army. Eastwood would end up taking their advice in 1954 by moving to Los Angeles and trying to make it as an actor.
Some of Eastwood’s first roles were in science fiction B-movies like Tarantula and Revenge of the Creature, which both came out in 1955. His contract with Universal Studios was for $75 per week. Eastwood would get a bigger break in 1959 when he was cast as Rowdy Yates in the classic TV western “Rawhide.” The show would last for 8 whole seasons.