Clint Eastwood

Eastwood in 2009, Featureflash /

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); two films in which he also starred. He has also had leading roles in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Dirty Harry, and The Bridges of Madison County, among many others. 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 “Betty” (Runner) and Clinton Eastwood. His ancestry is English, Scottish, Irish, smaller amounts of German and Dutch, and remote Welsh.

Clint has at least seven children. They include actress and makeup artist Kimber Eastwood, with actress and dancer Roxanne Tunis; actress and filmmaker Alison Eastwood and jazz musician Kyle Eastwood, with his former wife Maggie Johnson; actor Scott Eastwood, with his former partner Jacelyn Reeves; actress, model, and television personality Francesca Eastwood, with his former partner, actress Frances Fisher; and a daughter, actress Morgan Eastwood, with his former wife, reporter and television anchor Dina Ruiz.

Clint’s Eastwood line appears to trace 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 emigrated 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 “Mabel” Young). Burr was born in Seneca Falls, Seneca, 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 Errol Runner (the son of Charles Claude “C.C.” Runner and Sophia Aurelia Bartholomew). Waldo was born in Buena Vista, Chaffee, 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, and was of Colonial American descent, with deep roots in Connecticut.

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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19 Responses

  1. indo says:

    Damn, he really gets around

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    Amazing artist, hope he is doing fine, looking forward for his next movie. He does look like his documented ancestry, especially the british part.

  3. andrew says:

    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

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