Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Fistful Of Eastwood!

Like my Father, I am a HUGE Clint Eastwood fan, especially his spaghetti western days!

Clint Eastwood, now 81, has acted in 60 movies, produced 36 and directed 35 (to date) . . . he's been on screen and in the 'BIZ' for 56 years. And that's not including his TV roles. He has won four Oscars, 78 nominations and 118 other wins. Check out the link below for his IMDB profile.

Clint Eastwood ~ The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Spaghetti Westerns, also known as Italo-Western, originated in the mid 60s. Most of these films were low budget. The films were produced and directed by Italians actually in Italy; along with other European countries, such as Spain and Germany. Many of the supporting cast and extras were Spanish.

The name "spaghetti western" originally was meant as a derogatory name given by critics. The name has since stuck and is mostly used as a term of endearment.

Sergio Leone, director and writer, is best known for his creation of the (most) famously known spaghetti westerns that are also referred to as "Man With No Name Trilogy" starring Clint Eastwood (see the list below). Sergio was born in Rome in 1929 and is the son of silent film director, Vincenzo Leone.

Spaghetti Westerns are known to be more violent than traditional westerns.

* Fun Fact: In Japan they are called "Macaroni Westerns".

So grab some garlic bread and a ten-gallon cowboy hat and make your day (or night) with one of Mr. Eastwood's classics!

Clint Eastwood's "pasta" lineup:

A Fistful Of Dollars ~ 1964
For A Few Dollars More ~ 1965
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly ~ 1966

Now, Clint Eastwood is not the only actor in spaghetti westerns. Here is a link to a list of 110 actors who have starred in these films. Click on a certain name to be directed to a detailed page of each person.


  1. I have to agree with you. There is nothing better that a good Eastwood western. I personally have all the above +. AMC evey Saturday has what is called "The Cowboys". It caters to the ones of us who need that John Wayne/Eastwood fix. I love Saturdays an the westerns. Thanks

  2. You're quite welcome! There's nothing better than those old westerns! :o)