Clint Eastwood

by ethnic on June 1, 2009

Birth Name: Clinton Eastwood, Jr.

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 31, 1930

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, smaller amounts of German and Dutch, remote Welsh

Clint Eastwood is an American filmmaker, actor, director, producer, musician, and politician. He has twice won the Academy Award for Best Director, for Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004). He served as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, from April 30, 1986 to April 30, 1988.

Clint is the son of Margaret Ruth (Runner) and Clinton Eastwood. His ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, smaller amounts of German and Dutch, and remote Welsh.

Clint was previously married to Dina Ruiz, who is of mixed ethnicity. They have a daughter, Morgan. Among his other children, from other relationships, are actress and filmmaker Alison Eastwood, jazz musician Kyle Eastwood, actor Scott Eastwood, and actress, model, and television personality Francesca Eastwood. Clint has at least seven children in total.

Clint’s Eastwood line seems to trace back to Richard Eastwood, who was born, c. 1620, in England. Richard moved to Virginia, United States. One family tree traces Clint’s mother’s Runner line to William Hans Ulrich Runner and Christiannah Reitz/Ritz, who immigrated from Germany in the 1700s. Virginia planter and soldier Elijah McClanahan was Clint’s four times great-grandfather.

Clint’s paternal grandfather was Burr Eastwood (the son of Asa Bedesco/Bodisco Eastwood and Emily/Emma Maraya “Mabel” Young). Burr was born in New York. Asa was the son of Lewis Washington Eastwood and Margaret Amanda Sullivan. Emily was the daughter of Henry Young and Eliza.

Clint’s paternal grandmother was Jesse Mabel Anderson (the daughter of Matthew Anderson and Lois/Louise Sabra/Helen A. Gaskill). Jesse was born in California. Matthew was born in Scotland. Lois was the daughter of Joseph Gaskill and Sabra Weeks.

Clint’s maternal grandfather was Waldo Erroll/Errol Runner (the son of Charles Claude Runner and Sophia Aurelia/Adelia Bartholomew). Waldo was born in Colorado. Charles was the son of John Wesley/Henry Runner and Penelope Concordia Suckett/Jackson. Sophia was the daughter of Edward Franklin Bartholomew and Cordelia Kellogg.

Clint’s maternal grandmother was Virginia May McClanahan (the daughter of James William McClanahan and Matilda Belle “Mattie Bell” Boyle). Virginia was born in Missouri. James was the son of James Howard McClanahan and Virginia Lafayette White. Matilda was the daughter of John Pearis/Patton Boyle and Eliza Davis Patterson.

Clint is a sixth cousin, once removed, of actress Rue McClanahan, through shared McClanahan ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Clint Eastwood –

Genealogy of Clint’s mother –

Clint Eastwood a Cultural Production (1993), by Paul Smith. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.

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andrew March 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Delete this link:

Add this:
Genealogy of Clint’s maternal great-grandmother, Matilda Belle “Mattie Bell” Boyle (focusing on her father’s side)-

This “Boyle” line is of German origin

andrew August 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm
andrew August 16, 2017 at 1:13 pm
donelli August 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm

His complete name is Clinton Elias Eastwood, Jr.

follers August 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm
donelli August 6, 2017 at 3:58 pm

The french wikipedia page add Elias to the complete name

donelli August 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm
andrew August 7, 2017 at 5:25 am

It also says that Dina Ruiz has Native Hawaian ancestry on her father side

follers August 7, 2017 at 7:32 am

That’s the internet for you.

andrew May 23, 2016 at 6:56 pm
andrew October 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I find some unusual things in his tree

Bedesco is a place name in Northern Italy

Runner seems an anglicized surname, Claude is a French name

follers October 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

“Claude” was a common first/middle name for Anglo-Americans in the 1800s. “Runner” doesn’t seem like an unusual name (it goes back to a William Runner of Pennsylvania – maybe some German ancestry there?).

It seems that Asa Bedesco Eastwood was of British Isles descent. I am sure there is some explanation for his unusual middle name.

andrew October 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm
follers October 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm
Dionne December 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

Barrocl Obama DOES NOTlook irish or scottish or english!! lmao

Michael O Leary November 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Clint Eastwood is of Irish Descent

ses101 April 9, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Yeah, but he’s mostly Scots-English.

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