GRIZ­ZLED Hol­ly­wood le­gend Clint East­wood re­turns to the big screen Dec. 14 in The Mule, play­ing a World War II vet who be­comes a courier for a Mex­i­can drug car­tel. Here are ten things you don’t know about the 88-year-old Dirty Harry star that’ll make your day.

1 When Clint was born in 1930, hospi­tal nurses nick­named him “Sam­son” be­cause he was a hefty 11 pounds, six ounces.

2 He’s de­scended from Mayflower pas­sen­ger Wil­liam Bradford.

3 He was a life­guard and swim­ming in­struc­tor while based at Cal­i­for­nia’s Fort Ord dur­ing the Korean War.

4 Ac­cord­ing to the late Burt Reynolds, East­wood was fired as a con­tract player at Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures “be­cause his Adam’s ap­ple stuck out too far. He talked too slow. And he had a chipped tooth and he wouldn’t get it fixed.”

5 His break­out role in 1964’s A Fist­ful of Dol­lars was first of­fered to James Coburn and Charles Bron­son — but their re­jec­tions led to Clint be­com­ing The Man with No Name.

6 He wore the same pon­cho in A Fist­ful of Dol­lars, 1965’s For a

Few Dol­lars More and 1966’s The Good, the

Bad and the Ugly — and says he never washed the gar­ment be­cause “it would fall apart.”

7 He scored the lead in Dirty Harry be­cause orig­i­nal choice Frank Si­na­tra couldn’t hold a gun, ac­cord­ing to a hir­ing hon­cho. “That sounded like a pretty lame ex­cuse,” says East­wood, “but it didn’t mat­ter to me. I said, ‘I’ll do it.’ ”

8 In the ’80s, he served for two years as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., a town of less than 4,000, and re­pealed a law that pro­hib­ited sell­ing and eat­ing ice cream on pub­lic streets.

9 He’s a pi­anist and com­posed the scores of mul­ti­ple films, in­clud­ing Mys­tic River, Mil­lion Dol­lar Baby and Flags of Our Fa­thers.

10 A hard­core golfer, he owns Te­hama Golf Club in the Golden State.

Clint was mayor of pic­turesque Carmel, Calif.

Life­guard Clint got his first big role in The First Trav­el­ing Saleslady

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