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10 age-defying celebrities

By: Matt Hickman on March 13, 2012, 1:33 p.m.
Clint Eastwood, 81

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Clint Eastwood

Weathered. Haggard. Crypt Keeper-esque. We beg to differ. Sure, lauded actor/director Clint Eastwood may appear on the grizzled side (hasn’t he always?) but for a man of 81, Dirty Harry is pretty damned sprightly, not to mention productive. And let’s not forget that Eastwood won his first Academy Award at the age of 62 for “Unforgiven” and since then has gone on to direct and/or star in a handful of critically acclaimed films such as “The Changeling,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Mystic River” and “Gran Torino.”

Screenwriter William Goldman remarks on Eastwood’s remarkable longevity in an interview with The Guardian in 2010: “Directors lose it around age 60,” he says. “They're either too rich or they can't get work anymore. And it's physically debilitating work. That's why ‘Gran Torino’ amazes me. Clint Eastwood is nearly 80, and he can still make a movie like that. He is having the most amazing career.”

As a legendary ladies’ man who has fathered seven children by five different women, Eastwood has always been on the decidedly virile side. A life-long non-smoker (despite the sandpaper-y growl) and daily practitioner of transcendental meditation, Eastwood is renowned for being an obsessive health and fitness nut. And no, despite what you may have heard, Mr. Macho is not a vegan.