Glam Before and After
Glam Before and After
Clint Eastwood
Name: Clint Eastwood
Jobs: Actor, Director, Producer, Musician and Politician
Famous For: Dirty Harry, Rawhide, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and Spaghetti Westerns
Clint Eastwood
Name Clint Eastwood
Jobs Actor, Director, Producer, Musician and Politician
Famous For Dirty Harry, Rawhide, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and Spaghetti Westerns

“Go ahead, make my day!” Getting his start in Hollywood after being spotted by a Universal assistant while stationed at Fort Ord in northern California with the United States Army during the Korean War, Clint Eastwood had a rocky start to his acting career since he never intended on taking the stage in the first place. Despite being criticized for his stiff delivery of lines through his teeth, Eastwood was drawn to the stage and enrolled in acting classes in 1954 to hone his craft. He spent the next few years in smaller roles before CBS came calling in 1958 when he was cast as Rowdy Yates on the network’s newest western, Rawhide.

Seeing his first paycheck in Hollywood climb from $100 a week to $750 an episode with Rawhide and, by the show’s cancellation in 1965, to $119,000 per episode, Eastwood’s popularity skyrocketed as he starred in spaghetti westerns like A Fist Full of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. As a result, Eastwood’s fate as a Hollywood star was sealed and left no question that he was next in line to take over for the legendary John Wayne as a cultural icon and the go-to guy for western films.

The quintessential hero and tough guy in Hollywood, Eastwood saw his fame continue to blossom after the release of Dirty Harry in 1971 as well as his ongoing success as a director and producer under his own production company, Malpaso. With his career now spanning over six decades and boasting dozens of hits like The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Sudden Impact and American Sniper, Eastwood has earned countless accolades for his work including 11 Academy Award nominations with two wins for Unforgiven in 1993 and another two wins for Million Dollar Baby in 2005. He’s also received two of France’s highest honors.

With Eastwood as the pinnacle of masculinity on the silver screen, it’s hard to imagine that the legendary “Dirty Harry” would ever willingly go under the knife. But, at 86 years old and after over 60 years in the spotlight, Eastwood’s career hasn’t been devoid of plastic surgery rumors. Truth be told, the rumors started ramping up nearly a decade ago after Eastwood walked the red carpet for the Gran Torino premiere with a few less wrinkles than before. Even the usual puffiness under his eyes and across his cheeks were long gone leaving many to wonder if he had finally caved and gone under the knife!

While plenty of fans pointed out that Eastwood still boasted his signature scowl and squinty eyes, not everyone was convinced. As many set out to uncover the truth and study before and after photos, others took to social media where they posted comments like, “It looks like a chemical or face peel and an eye lift” as well as questions like, “What happened to the squinty-eyed bada** Clint?”

Eastwood managed to escape most of the negative comments as the world was just happy to see him back on the red carpet looking healthy and vibrant. One fan even put things into perspective by noting that whatever Eastwood had done didn’t make him look like a “freak compared to Burt Reynolds or Kenny Rogers.” Good point! Plastic surgeons even chimed in saying that Eastwood got his money’s worth for the rumored procedure. “He is a good example of plastic surgery that helps someone look better but doesn’t take away the essence of who the person is,” one surgeon remarked.

Among the rumors of Eastwood’s time in the plastic surgeon’s office, people also assume that the Tightrope star is one of many celebrities who opt for regular Botox injections to help smooth away wrinkles and reduce signs of aging. If that’s the case, then it certainly explains how Eastwood’s skin is so much smoother and glossier than before. Surgeons also assume that the award-winning actor opted for a blepharoplasty as well to eliminate his drooping eyelids, which was a smart move for the squinty-eyed star. Then again, whether it’s true or not, we may never know!

Eastwood is happy to talk about a variety of topics from his history in Hollywood to his political opinions and even his time as the Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, but he’s not ready to address the plastic surgery rumors. Instead, he’s spent the last decade skirting around the issue and focusing more on life behind the scenes as a producer and director. Today, the 86-year-old seems to be semi-retired as an actor with his last starring role in the 2008 film Gran Torino and a brief appearance in the 2012 flick, Trouble with the Curve. Other than that, Eastwood knows that he’s already made it big in Hollywood and has paid more than his share of dues after six decades in the spotlight as one of the most iconic men in the world.