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10 Successful Actors-Turned-Directors

Jobs in Hollywood seem to be a lot more fluid than in the real world. Celebrities might start out modeling, but then launch a successful acting career, before trying their hand at recording an album.

10 Ben Stiller - Reality Bites

9 Ron Howard - Night Shift

8 Mel Gibson - Braveheart

7 George Clooney - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

6 Jon Favreau - Iron Man

5 Sarah Polley - Away From Her

4 Kevin Costner - Dances With Wolves

3 Robert Redford - Ordinary People

2 Ben Affleck - Gone Baby Gone

1 Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby

83-year-old Clint Eastwood’s most notable role is undoubtedly Harry Callahan in the 5 Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970's and 1980's. He has appeared in many films over the years, and also directed over 30 of his own, starting with thriller, Play Misty for Me in 1971. His directing style is notable because he prefers scenes to be finished in one take, and does not rely on constant re shoots to achieve perfection. He has directed many critically-acclaimed films including Million Dollar Baby (for which he won the Best Director Oscar), Mystic River, and Gran Torino. He is one of the successful actors-turned-directors in Hollywood and continues to work even into his mid-80’s. That is a sign of a director who loves everything about making movies.

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