It seems that the majority of biographies of famous actors and musicians – like To the Limit, this author’s earlier look at the Eagles – come off as flat and cold. Such is not the case with American Rebel: The Life of Clint Eastwood. Here Eliot, who is clearly a student of the film industry, paints a fascinating portrait of an interesting individual.
American Rebel shows us an Eastwood who’s a talented actor and director, while also being a very human person with a complex and troubled personal life. To his credit, Eliot praises and criticizes Eastwood in seemingly equal measures. This hefty biography is strengthened by detailed appendices and an impressively comprehensive index.
The Eastwood in Rebel comes off as an icon who struggles between independence and control – something that was also true of his contemporaries Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. He’s an actor-director who wants to be recognized for his achievements while not being viewed as part of the motion picture establishment.
Marc Eliot has painted a multi-dimensional portrait of a rebel who became a legend. Kudos!
Harmony, $25.99, 400 pages