Clint Eastwood, the 83-year-old Academy Award winning actor and movie director, saved a man’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver, according to a People report on Friday. Clint Eastwood says it was the first time he performed the Heimlich maneuver on anyone.
The famed actor quickly performed the life-saving act on Wednesday when he was at a volunteer party for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am which was held at the Monterey Conference Center in California. Eastwood saw that Steve John – the tournament director – was choking. That’s when Eastwood snapped into action and dislodged a piece of cheese in John’s throat by performing the Heimlich maneuver.
John said on Friday that he was drinking water and eating little appetizers, and threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work. He went on to say that he was looking at Eastwood and couldn’t breathe. Next, he claims, Eastwood could see the situation immediately and saved his life.
John said, “Clint came up behind me and he knew exactly what to do. I can’t believe I’m 202 pounds and he threw me up in the air three times.”
Eastwood, who is a regular at the golf tournament and previously an amateur contestant, currently serves as chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation which has raised in excess of $100 million for charity as it hosts the event for the PGA Tournament.
As for Eastwood’s account of the story, he said, “I looked in <John’s> eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes. It looked bad.”