See Clint Eastwood and the Rawhide set like never before in these stunning color behind-the-scenes photos

A photographer caught the iconic cowboy actor doing a handstand between takes.

The Everett Collection

Before Rawhide, Clint Eastwood was just another young actor trying to make it in showbusiness. He started with blink-and-you’ll-miss-it parts in Fifties monster movies like Revenge of the Creature and Tarantula before getting small roles in shows like Death Valley Days and Maverick.

Even his break as Rowdy Yates wasn’t a guarantee of stardom. After all, the show’s main star was Eric Fleming as trail boss Gil Favor. But Eastwood soon won audiences over with his tenacity and charm. He even showed off his singing voice on the show and toured the country with costar Paul Brinegar in between seasons.

Of course, saying yes to parts in spaghetti Westerns A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly during breaks in Rawhide’s schedule might have something to do with Eastwood’s now iconic status.

See one of Hollywood’s most famous faces in his early TV days in these incredible full color photographs. All images courtesy of the Everett Collection.

Clint with actors (from left) Zeme North, Sheb Wooley and Debra Paget.

Clint sits in the sand waiting for cameras to roll.

Clint tries a handstand in between takes.
Now he's just showing off!
Here's Clint with costar Eric Fleming (left) and Rawhide creator Charles Marquis Warren (center).
Here's Eric Fleming filming with actors Bobby Troup (left) and Julie London (center).

Clint rests atop a ladder while a crew member adjusts a light in the background.

This shot would make the perfect album cover!
Rawhide used many real outdoor locations.
Cast member Paul Brinegar poses with an old steam train on set.

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F5Twitster 1 day ago
That is NOT Debra Paget on the far right of the top photo!
Runeshaper 4 days ago
Excellent photos! Clint is still The MAN!
Zip 6 days ago
I remember it was reported that Clint was told early on by some producer that he would never be a star, mainly because of his pronounced adams apple and his quiet speaking voice.
I am glad Clint didn't listen to him. Imagine if he would have been discouraged and quit the business right there?! I wonder how many other talented actors/directors maybe quit because they were told something similar.
The lesson is, never listen to the critics.
ELEANOR 7 days ago
These photos look more realistic than most photos that are obviously posed and shot by a professional. And I think that it's amazing that all that equipment is cleverly not in the scenes; that they can shoot these scenes and only rarely does a microphone shadow or housefly appear in the shot.
Greg 8 days ago
The "old steam engine" teaspoon is posed on is the most photoed train in history. It was in movies starting with silent films. The 3 was changed to an 8 for the WW West so the film could be flipped and the number wouldn't look backward
Zip Greg 6 days ago
That old number 3 was used many times on Little House on the Prairie.
rlw451953 8 days ago
Both Rawhide stars Eric Fleming were slow talking and very impressive voices to go along with their great looks!
LoveMETV22 8 days ago
Like all Eastwood's appearances but especially:
2008- Gran Torino
1986- Heartbreak Ridge
Among many others.
texasluva LoveMETV22 8 days ago
Happy Thanksgiving-Here is Grand Torino for your watching 📽🤳😀👇🏻
LoveMETV22 texasluva 8 days ago
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. I wish there were a movie I could send to you but you most likely already have it in your collection.
Andybandit 8 days ago
I wish Rawhide was in color. Clint Eastwood was a good looking guy in Rawhide. Just like his son Scott is a good looking guy.
Gerald 8 days ago
The woman on the far right, in the first photo, does not look like Debra Paget.
MrsPhilHarris 8 days ago
Love the expressions of his casts mates while does his thing.
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