Clint Eastwood Heimlich Maneuver Saves Life of Choking Golf Director

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Friday, 07 Feb 2014 02:44 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Clint Eastwood saved a choking man's life with the Heimlich maneuver at a party on the eve of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am tournament Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.

The 83-year-old actor administered the Heimlich maneuver to tournament director Steve John, 50, who was choking on a piece of cheese, The Associated Press reported.

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''I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn't work,'' John said Friday. ''I was looking at him and couldn't breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life.''

A former amateur contestant and now chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Eastwood is a prominent figure at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am who frequently presents the trophy to the winner. He has raised over $100 million for charity as the host of the 72-hole PGA Tour championship, the AP noted.

''I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes,'' Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone newspaper. ''It looked bad.''

"I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out," Eastwood added. "And then I made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon squeezed in it."

Eastwood added that he had never before administered the Heimlich to a person who was actually choking.

"I can't believe I'm 202 pounds and he threw me up in the air three times," John added, according to the AP.

According to John, this is the second time someone had saved his life by administering the Heimlich on him.

"It was in Colorado about seven or eight years ago. But it wasn't Clint Eastwood," John said, referring to the first time he had nearly choked to death. "I haven't talked to him since that night. It was crazy."

Eastwood, one of the few Hollywood conservatives who openly supports Republican candidates, has appeared in or starred in more than 65 movies and television shows over the course of his nearly 60-year career. He is perhaps best known for his Dirty Harry role in the 1970s and 1980s films, and the many other tough-guy characters he has played over the years.

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