Who doesn’t love Clint Eastwood?
As a director and silver screen star, he’s long been a classic male icon and even taken political stances, starring in countless movies over the years.
Clint doesn’t often discuss his personal activities, but throughout his 86 years he’s enjoyed a good number of relationships—he’s father to seven and has tied the knot twice.
But recently, Clint shared an anecdote which links the star to one of his classic roles. It’s a secret that he hasn’t shared for almost sixty years.
Hollywood’s legendary star has been acting for many years, and was born while the Great Depression was at it’s worst in San Francisco.
Clint was born in 1930 to a steel-worker dad, and has a sister. During his childhood, Clint’s family rarely stayed in one place for long.
When he was born, Clint was often endearingly called ‘Samson’, for being a heavy baby at almost 12 ounces. As time passed, he reached a staggering 6’4.
Once high school was over, he relocated to take on a lifeguard role in Seattle. Then in 1950, he was reportedly enlisted to the Army.
Yet, most aren’t aware that Clint was aboard a WW2 Navy plane that crash-landed into the ocean. At the tender age of 21, the aircraft went down while over the Pacific.
“I was catching a free ride from Seattle down to Almeda,” Clint recollected, while talking to The Telegraph.
“It was stormy and we went down off of Point Reyes, California, in the Pacific. I found myself in the water swimming a few miles towards the shore. I remember thinking, ‘well, 21 is not as long as a person wants to live.’”
Crashed in the ocean
Clint passed numerous hours swimming through seawood beds in the ocean, before he made his way to solid ground. He scaled a cliff and had to radio to ask to be rescued.
It’s a story that he could draw on three years ago while directing Sully: Miracle on the Hudson with fellow Hollywood star Tom Hanks.
Sully, an acclaimed movie, depicts the forced Hudson River landing made by US Airways Flight 1549. There were no casualties or fatalities.
The film shows Captain “Sully” Sullenberger executing a micro-second judgement to make an emergency landing in the unforgivingly freezing Hudson, only to be challenged about the judgement later on by higher-ups.
“I suppose having been in a similar situation as the pilot, I would have chanced a water landing rather than go someplace where there’s no runway,” Clint told The Telegraph.
“And of course, Sully was familiar with that area…he picked the right spot…He knew that somebody would see them” he went on.
In spite of Sully managing to successfully make a seemingly impossible landing, with no fatalities, the aftermath was what really rang with Clint.
“Anybody who keeps their wits about them when things are going wrong, who can negotiate problems without panicking, is someone of superior character, and interesting to watch on film,” Clint related.
“But for me, the real conflict came after, with the investigative board questioning his decisions, even though he had saved so many lives.”
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Clint is stunning even at his age. He’s continued his career and shows nothing but awesome talent. We’re grateful for his movies.