The Clint Eastwood Quiz


By: Gavin Thagard

6 Min 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?

Clint Eastwood Jr. was born on May 30, 1930. His father is Clinton Eastwood Sr., and his mother is Ruth Wood.


What political office was Clint Eastwood elected to in 1986?

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.


What's the name of Clint Eastwood's film production company?

Clint Eastwood started his production company with his financial advisor, Irving Leonard. Leonard oversaw the company until his death two years later.


Which of the following events is true of Clint Eastwood?

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.


Before becoming a movie star, Clint Eastwood was drafted to serve in which 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.


A struggling actor in the '50s, what was Clint Eastwood's first movie?

"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."


A breakthrough role, Clint Eastwood was cast in which western series in 1958?

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.


In which film did Clint Eastwood play the anti-hero the Man with No Name?

"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.


Who directed the "Dollars" trilogy starring Clint Eastwood?

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.


In a well-known Eastwood role, what is his character looking for in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"?

Clint Eastwood famously wore a poncho throughout all three movies in the Dollars trilogy. Supposedly, he never washed the poncho.


What was the first production by Clint Eastwood's The Malpaso Company?

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.


Which director did Clint Eastwood work with on "Coogan's Bluff"?

"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.


Not recognized as a singer, what's the only musical film Clint Eastwood ever did?

"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.


A WWII film, who does Clint Eastwood play in "Kelly's Heroes"?

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."


Which film marked the directorial debut of Clint Eastwood?

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.


What famous role did Clint Eastwood turn down where he would have replaced Sean Connery?

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.


The first of five films following Eastwood's character Harry Callahan, when was "Dirty Harry" released?

"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.


Clint Eastwood released the first western he ever directed in 1973. What was it?

"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.


What was the name of the film Clint Eastwood directed and starred in that was based on a spy novel by Trevanian?

"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."


Who wrote the novel that inspired Eastwood's film "The Outlaw Josey Wales"?

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.


A film released by Warner Bros., which 1978 comedy did Clint Eastwood star in?

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.


What Clint Eastwood line from "Sudden Impact" was quoted by Ronald Reagan during a speech to Congress?

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."


What film did Clint Eastwood work on with Steven Spielberg?

"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.


What does Clint Eastwood's film "Pale Rider" refer to?

"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.


What was the final movie in the "Dirty Harry" series, which again starred Clint Eastwood?

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.


What year did Clint Eastwood earn the Cecil B. deMille Award?

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.


For which film did Clint Eastwood win his first Golden Globe for Best Director?

"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.


Which of these films earned Clint Eastwood his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role?

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."


Who starred beside Clint Eastwood in the often overlooked film "A Perfect World"?

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.


What year did Clint Eastwood earn the Irving G. Thalberg Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences?

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​.


What movie did Clint Eastwood star in beside Meryl Steep that was based on a novel of the same name?

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."


Which of these films earned Clint Eastwood an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year?

"Million Dollar Baby" was extremely successful, earning four Academy Awards. Both Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman won Oscars for performances in their respective roles.


Married in 1953, who was Clint Eastwood's first wife?

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.


What's the name of the golf club that Clint Eastwood owns?

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.


Which of Clint Eastwood's films starred Bradley Cooper as a struggling veteran who returns from war?

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.


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