Clint Eastwood is known as one of the most legendary actors and directors alive today. He is loved by fans for his tough-guy persona, an attitude that fans have just learned from his difficult and humble beginnings.
According to Q Political, Eastwood was born in 1930 to a very poor family in California. His father worked as a steel worker while his mother worked in a factory, and the family moved around constantly.
After graduating from high school, Eastwood desperately tried to support himself by working a number of jobs including a lifeguard, hay baler, paper carrier, grocery clerk, forest firefighter, golf caddy, and he also played ragtime piano at a small local bar. It was during this time period that he was a passenger on a Douglas AD-1 bomber when it suddenly ran out of fuel and tragically crashed into the ocean near Point Reyes. Eastwood managed to escape from the sinking plane without serious injury and swim three miles to shore.
“I thought I might die,” Eastwood later recalled. “But then I thought, other people have made it through these things before. I kept my eyes on the lights on shore and kept swimming.”
Luckily, he survived, and soon began his long career in Hollywood. SHARE this story if you LOVE Clint Eastwood!