Clint Eastwood has done a lot of things on-screen during his long career as an actor. At one point or another, he’s surely saved a fictitious life or two on the silver screen. But now it appears that Eastwood is a real-life hero.
Reports are coming out of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am that indicate Eastwood saved the life of tournament director Steve John.
It happened during a volunteer party when John had trouble with an appetizer:
“I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work. I was looking at him (Eastwood) and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life.”
Eastwood gave John the Heimlich maneuver and was able to dislodge the food that was restricting his air.
John marveled at the strength of the 83-year old acting legend: “I can’t believe I’m 202 pounds and he threw me up in the air three times.”
Eastwood gave this comment on the incident: “I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes. It looked bad.”
The truth is that incidents like this happen every day. Normal folks save lives all the time, but they don’t find their way into the headlines. Eastwood just so happens to be a big star, so naturally anything he does is going to get publicity. However, it doesn’t change the fact that he stepped up to the plate when it counted most, and saved a life.