Thankfully, he’s alive and well today, but the events of that almost fatal day are still clearly fresh in his memory. Eastwood told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, “We went down at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon” – despite the fact that it happened more than 60 years ago.
He said in the interview, “I could see the Marin County coast from a distance. I don’t know how far it was — it seemed like 50 miles, but it was probably a mile or two. Then it got dark. It was quite a way into nightfall before we reached it.”