2022-01-15

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  • Faith: Other
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  May 31, 1930
  • Accomplishments:  Golden Globe Winner, Academy Award Winner
  • Fun Faith Fact!: In a 2009 interview with GQ, the actor discussed spirituality, sharing that he used to be agnostic but took up meditation.

Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, producer, film director, and composer. He was born on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, CA. Eastwood was elected in 1986 for the mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. He served for two years.

Eastwood was raised Protestant by his family but currently doesn't affiliate with any religion. Until he was 12 years old, Eastwood attended church every week until his father revealed that he was only going because it was his only day off. However, he expressed his interest in certain Deist principles and Buddhism. In a 2009 interview with GQ, the actor discussed spirituality, sharing that he used to be agnostic but took up meditation.

"I've been doing it almost forty years. But I don't go out and sell it. A lot of other people find meaning some other way, screaming in the street or whatever it is that gets it for you." Eastwood explained to GQ. "I believe in whatever self-help you can give yourself, whether you believe in Buddha or whatever. I'm not really a person of organized religion. But I'm now much more tolerant of people who are religious because I can see why they got there. I can sympathize."

Eastwood also gave this answer in another interview when asked about religion, “I was always respectful of people who were deeply religious because I always felt that if they gave themselves to it, then it had to be important to them. But if you can go through life without it, that's OK, too. It's whatever suits you.”

He also commented more on his interest in Buddhism and Deism,

“[Buddhists] don't seem to be as mean-spirited, and their idea of God is sort of a heavyset guy who's got a smile on his face, and I thought, hey, that's nice. So although my religious training was not really specific, I do feel spiritual things. If I stand on the side of the Grand Canyon and look down, it moves me in some way.”


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