Clinton " Clint " Eastwood Jr. (born May 31, 1930) is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure. After earning success in the Western TV series Rawhide , he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone 's Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s, and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s. These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity .  
Eastwood has been a primary character in two film franchises: as the Man with No Name in the Dollars Trilogy and as Harry Callahan in the Dirty Harry series . Other notable roles include Josey Wales in The Outlaw Josey Wales , the Stranger in High Plains Drifter , Philo Beddoe in Every Which Way but Loose and its sequel Any Which Way You Can , Preacher in Pale Rider , William Munny in Unforgiven , Frankie Dunn in Million Dollar Baby and Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino .
Eastwood was born in San Francisco , California on May 31, 1930.  He was nicknamed "Samson" by the hospital nurses as he weighed 11 pounds 6 ounces (5.2 kg) at birth.    Eastwood is of English, Irish, Scottish , and Dutch ancestry.   He was raised in Piedmont , California . He studied at Piedmont Junior High School and at Oakland Technical High School .