- Historical event:
- 8 April 1986
- During his term as mayor, Clint Eastwood finished shooting one of his most famous roles – the one of Sergeant Highway in the film Heartbreak Ridge.
On this day actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor in the Californian city Carmel-by-the-Sea. This city is located on the Pacific coast, 190 kilometers south of San Francisco.
It is one of the oldest cities in California, founded by the famous Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra. The city has about 4,000 inhabitants and is very wealthy. Most of its residents are artists.
Eastwood’s candidature for mayor was the first one in his political career. When he won the election, then-President Ronald Reagan (also an actor) called him and jokingly asked him: “What’s an actor who once appeared with a monkey in a movie doing in politics?” (he alluded to Clint Eastwood’s movie “Every Which Way But Loose” and Reagan himself made a film with a monkey “Bedtime for Bonzo”).
It is interesting that, during his term as a mayor, Eastwood finished shooting one of his most famous roles – the one of Sergeant Highway in the film Heartbreak Ridge.