Clint Eastwood Reportedly Saves Pebble Beach Official from Choking

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterFebruary 7, 2014

PEBBLE BEACH, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  Clint Eastwood waits on the 18th green to present the trophy during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 14, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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If you need an actor or director for your movie, or even a familiar face for your unforgettable Super Bowl commercial, Clint Eastwood is your man. As it were, he is also fairly useful if you are in sudden need of a lifesaver. 

ESPN reports the legendary actor sprang into action at Pebble Beach when a tournament official was in dire need of some help after choking: 

Eastwood attended a volunteers party on the eve of the PGA Tour event Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center, and he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on some cheese. The 83-year-old actor/director quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver.

Feb 12, 2012; Pebble Beach CA, USA; Movie actor Clint Eastwood during the trophy presentation ceremony after the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports
Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

The Carmel Pine Cone's Paul Miller has more from the scary incident at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, getting a few words from a relieved John, who is the event's CEO. 

He stated very clearly, "Clint saved my life."

As far as how things transpired (h/t San Jose Mercury News), John recalled, "A piece of cheese went in my mouth, and suddenly I couldn't breathe. It was as bad as it could have been. But Clint came up behind me and he knew exactly what to do. He did the Heimlich maneuver and he lifted me right off the ground."

Per ESPN, John weighs 202 pounds, which means you can laud Eastwood's strength with the rest of his heroic efforts. 

At 83 years old, Eastwood has a wealth of experience, none of which includes ever attempting the life-saving move on an actual person. 

The actor, who starred in such movies as Dirty Harry, Unforgiven and Gran Torino, spoke with the Pine Cone, via San Jose Mercury News:

I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out. The look on Steve's face was different than when somebody is just coughing or joking around. I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their very eyes. It looked bad.

Eastwood goes on to say that he has never actually had to use the Heimlich except "to practice." 

As an interesting side note, the San Jose Mercury News' Carl Steward writes, "Eastwood helped select John to his current post." We imagine there is a very big gift basket in order for Eastwood. 

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Pebble Beach's National Pro-Am is an annual event where golfers and celebrities can mingle, compete and enjoy all the frivolity taking place in between. 

Thankfully, there was a pop culture icon hanging around to save the day. 

The event will go on, providing laughs to all who attend. Perhaps in the future they might think about posting a warning sign near that delicious cheese platter.  

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