Who Almost Got ‘The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly’ Role Over Clint Eastwood


One of Clint Eastwood‘s most popular films is 1966’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. With that in mind, can you imagine someone else playing the iconic role of the Man with No Name? Reportedly, someone else almost did. At the time, Clint was more of a television actor in the series Rawhide and was trying to break into movies.

Clint apparently had some mixed feelings about the role and almost turned it down. If he did, the role in the 1966 film was going to go to Charles Bronson. Charles, best known for Death Wish and The Great Escape, almost got another role in the film anyway, but he was already filming The Dirty Dozen. Another actor that could have gotten the role if Clint turned it down was Steve McQueen.


Clint Eastwood almost turned down the role in ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, Clint Eastwood (center), 1966 / Everett Collection

The movie secured Clint’s place in Western movie history and jumpstarted his movie career. He still continues to work today despite the fact that he’s in his 90s. These days, he mostly directs but occasionally stars in his own movies, including Cry Macho in 2021.


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THE BULL OF THE WEST, Charles Bronson, aired April 14, 1972 / Everett Collection

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is an Italian epic spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. The trilogy (also consisting of A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More) followed Clint’s character “The Man With no Name.” According to IMDb, the film is about “A bounty hunting scam [that] joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.”

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, Clint Eastwood, 1966 / Everett Collection

You can watch some of the films on Amazon Prime.

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