The Clint Eastwood Quiz

By: Gavin Thagard

The Clint Eastwood Quiz
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About This Quiz

From the "Dollars" trilogy to the "Dirty Harry" series to his later career, to say that Clint Eastwood has been around the Hollywood block would be a severe understatement. After all,  Eastwood is a legend both on and off the screen with accomplishments throughout his life that most people could only dream of. How well do you know the Hollywood star, though? Here's a quiz to help you find out!

Eastwood certainly had the looks when he got his start in the 1950s, but with a questionable acting style where he talked through his teeth and expressed little emotion, it wasn't clear that he would make it very far on looks alone. However, the future Academy Award-winning director pulled it off as he went on to have one of the most successful careers of any artists in the 20th century. 

Do you know all of the details about the life and legacy of Clint Eastwood? Can you recall his earliest projects when no one knew his name? Are you familiar with the outstanding projects he completed after what was supposed to be the prime of his career? 

If you're feeling lucky, take this quiz and see if you have the full scoop on Clint Eastwood!

Born as Clinton Eastwood Jr., what state was the actor born in?
Georgia
New York
Colorado
California
Clint Eastwood Jr. was born on May 30, 1930. His father is Clinton Eastwood Sr., and his mother is Ruth Wood.

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What political office was Clint Eastwood elected to in 1986?
Mayor
In 1986, Clint Eastwood ran as a nonpartisan candidate for the position of mayor in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Eastwood only served one term in the position.
U.S. Senate
California State House
Governor

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What's the name of Clint Eastwood's film production company?
Lionsgate
Malpaso Productions
Clint Eastwood started his production company with his financial advisor, Irving Leonard. Leonard oversaw the company until his death two years later.
United Artists
New Line Cinema

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Which of the following events is true of Clint Eastwood?
He was stranded on an island.
He was lost in the Rockey Mountains.
He survived a plane crash.
In 1951, Clint Eastwood was on a plane that crashed into the Pacific Ocean after running out of fuel during a flight from Seattle to California. Eastwood used a raft to return to the shore near Point Reyes in California.
He survived a boat sinking.

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Before becoming a movie star, Clint Eastwood was drafted to serve in which war?
Vietnam War
Korean War
Clint Eastwood was never actually deployed to Korea during his time in the U.S. Army. Instead, he served as a lifeguard at Ford Ord in California.
WWI
WWII

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A struggling actor in the '50s, what was Clint Eastwood's first movie?
Revenge of the Creature
"Revenge of the Creature" was a sequel to "Creature from the Black Lagoon." The film was directed by Jack Arnold, who was known for other science-fiction films such as "Tarantula" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man."
The Day the Earth Stood Steal
On the Waterfront
All About Eve

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A breakthrough role, Clint Eastwood was cast in which western series in 1958?
Gunsmoke
The Virginian
The Big Valley
Rawhide
Clint Eastwood played in all eight seasons of "Rawhide." He starred alongside Eric Fleming, who left the show before the eighth season, leaving Eastwood to carry the show in the final season.

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In which film did Clint Eastwood play the anti-hero the Man with No Name?
The Bridges of Madison
Unforgiven
A Fistful of Dollars
"A Fistful of Dollars" was released in several European countries before making its way to the United States. The first country it was released in was Italy in 1964.
Pale Rider

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Who directed the "Dollars" trilogy starring Clint Eastwood?
Sergio Leone
Sergio Leone is credited with inventing the Spaghetti Western, which became popular in the 1960s. The genre received its name because the movies were directed by Italians.
John Ford
John Huston
Frank Capra

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In a well-known Eastwood role, what is his character looking for in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"?
A bandit
A lost family
A former U.S. general
Confederate gold
Clint Eastwood famously wore a poncho throughout all three movies in the Dollars trilogy. Supposedly, he never washed the poncho.

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What was the first production by Clint Eastwood's The Malpaso Company?
Dirty Harry
Mystic River
Hang 'Em High
Clint Eastwood used the money he earned from the "Dollars" trilogy to establish The Malpaso Company. His company teamed up with United Artists to create and distribute​ the film.
Space Cowboys

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Which director did Clint Eastwood work with on "Coogan's Bluff"?
George Roy Hill
Don Siegel
"Coogan's Bluff" was the first of several films that Clint Eastwood worked on with Don Siegel. Siegel would become a huge influence on Eastwood's own style of directing.
Stanley Kubrick
Robert Benton

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Not recognized as a singer, what's the only musical film Clint Eastwood ever did?
All That Jazz
Paint Your Wagon
"Paint Your Wagon" was a financial flop by the time costs were added up for marketing and production. The film also received negative reviews from critics.
The Wiz
Funny Lady

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A WWII film, who does Clint Eastwood play in "Kelly's Heroes"?
Master Sergeant "Big Joe"
Major General Colt
Sergeant "Oddball"
Private Kelly
The screenplay for "Kelly's Heroes" was written by Troy Kennedy Martin, a Scottish-born writer. Martin is most known for writing the television drama "Edge of Darkness."

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Which film marked the directorial debut of Clint Eastwood?
Play Misty for Me
Produced on a small budget, "Play Misty for Me" made its premier at the San Fransisco Film Festival in 1971. Clint Eastwood starred alongside Jessica Walter in the film.
Unforgiven
A Perfect World
The Outlaw Josey Wales

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What famous role did Clint Eastwood turn down where he would have replaced Sean Connery?
Batman
James T. Kirk
James Bond
Sean Connery was the first actor to play James Bond when he starred in "Dr. No." Connery played in seven total Bond films throughout his career.
Darth Vader

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The first of five films following Eastwood's character Harry Callahan, when was "Dirty Harry" released?
1971
"Dirty Harry" was the first of five films that follow "Dirty" Harry Callahan. The film was added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2012.
1976
1982
1988

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Clint Eastwood released the first western he ever directed in 1973. What was it?
Honkytonk Man
High​ Plains Drifter
"High Plains Drifter" received mainly positive praise around the film community. However, notable western star John Wayne criticized the movie for falsely portraying the American West.
Mystic River
Flags of our Fathers

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What was the name of the film Clint Eastwood directed and starred in that was based on a spy novel by Trevanian?
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Pale Rider
The Bridges of Madison County
The Eiger Sanction
"The Eiger Sanction" was a 1972 spy novel written by Trevanian, a novelist from New York. The book was later followed by a sequel titled "The Loo Sanction."

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Who wrote the novel that inspired Eastwood's film "The Outlaw Josey Wales"?
Larry McMurtry
Charles Portis
Asa Carter
Asa Carter was a well-known segregationist speechwriter in the 1950s and '60s. To avoid criticism, he wrote the novel "The Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales" under the alias Forrest Carter.
Owen Wister

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A film released by Warner Bros., which 1978 comedy did Clint Eastwood star in?
Animal House
Annie Hall
Blazing Saddles
Every Which Way but Loose
Clint Eastwood went outside of his comfort zone when he starred in the comedy "Every Which Way but Loose." However, he pulled it off, and the film was a huge financial success.

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What Clint Eastwood line from "Sudden Impact" was quoted by Ronald Reagan during a speech to Congress?
You're a legend in your own mind.
Go ahead, make my day.
Elected in 1980, Ronald Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States. He was a film star before becoming president, playing in such films as "Hellcats of the Navy" and "Bedtime for Bonzo."
Funny. I never thought of it as a game.
Looks like I owe you one, meat head.

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What film did Clint Eastwood work on with Steven Spielberg?
Flags of Our Fathers
"Flags of our Fathers" started as a book by James Bradley and Ron Powers released in 2000. The story follows the men who famously raised a flag on Iwo Jima, which was depicted in a photograph by Joe Rosenthal.
Mystic River
Space Cowboys
A Perfect World

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What does Clint Eastwood's film "Pale Rider" refer to?
The Plague
Capitalism
The Four Horsemen
"Pale Rider" was one of the most successful westerns of the 1980s. The film uses heavy religious themes to tell the story of a preacher who defends a mining town from outside trouble.
The Civil War

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What was the final movie in the "Dirty Harry" series, which again starred Clint Eastwood?
Magnum Force
The Dead Pool
Released in 1988, "The Dead Pool" was the shortest of the "Dirty Harry" movies. The film was directed by Buddy Van Horn, who served as Clint Eastwood's stunt double in many previous films.
Sudden Impact
The Enforcer

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What year did Clint Eastwood earn the Cecil B. deMille Award?
1988
The Cecil B. deMille Award was created in 1952 to recognize contributions in the world of entertainment. The award has been given to notable artists such as Walt Disney, Bing Crosby, and Alfred Hitchcock.
1991
1995
2001

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For which film did Clint Eastwood win his first Golden Globe for Best Director?
Unforgiven
Mystic River
Letters from Iwa Jima
Bird
"Bird" is a biographic film about the legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. Parker was instrumental in the creation of bebop in the '40s and '50s.

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Which of these films earned Clint Eastwood his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role?
Unforgiven
Despite his numerous accomplishments, Clint Eastwood never won an Academy Award for Best Actor. The only other time he was nominated was in 2005 for his performance in "Million Dollar Baby."
Gran Torino
Million Dollar Baby
The Bridges of Madison County

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Who starred beside Clint Eastwood in the often overlooked film "A Perfect World"?
Brad Pitt
Billy Bob Thornton
Robert Duvall
Kevin Costner
Originally, Clint Eastwood wasn't going to act in "A Perfect World" because of other obligation along with the fact he wanted to focus on directing. However, Kevin Costner convinced Eastwood to take on the lesser role of Chief "Red" Garnett, and the two put together an outstanding performance.

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What year did Clint Eastwood earn the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?
1989
1994
Irving G. Thalberg was a prominent producer who eventually became the vice president of MGM, a highly-touted film studio. The award was created in his honor after Thalberg died in 1936 of pneumonia​.
1999
2011

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What movie did Clint Eastwood star in beside Meryl Steep that was based on a novel of the same name?
The Bridges of Madison County
Meryl Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in "The Bridges of Madison County." The award instead went to Susan Sarandon for her performance in "Dead Man Walking."
Million Dollar Baby
Escape from Alcatraz
In the Line of Fire

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Which of these films earned Clint Eastwood an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year?
Gran Torino
American Sniper
Million Dollar Baby
"Million Dollar Baby" was extremely successful, earning four Academy Awards. Both Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman won Oscars for performances in their respective roles.
Letters from Iwa Jima

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Married in 1953, who was Clint Eastwood's first wife?
Sondra Locke
Maggie Johnson
Clint Eastwood was well-known for his extramarital affairs throughout his life, with his most famous affair being with Sondra Locke. Eastwood and Maggie Johnson finally divorced in 1984.
Frances Fisher
Dina Ruiz

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What's the name of the golf club that Clint Eastwood owns?
Del Monte Golf Course
Stone Eagle Golf Course
Tehama Golf Club
Opened in 1999, the Tehama Golf Club was designed by Jay Morrish, the former president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. The course is located in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.
Shady Canyon Golf Course

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Which of Clint Eastwood's films starred Bradley Cooper as a struggling veteran who returns from war?
American Sniper
Though it received mostly positive reviews, critics of "American Sniper" said it glorified the War in Iraq. Even with the criticism, the film became the highest grossing movie by Clint Eastwood at the time of its release in 2014.
Gran Torino
Letters from Iwa Jima
Sully

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