Clint Eastwood saves a choking golf director's life with the Heimlich maneuver


Clint Eastwood was at a party on the eve of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am when he noticed a man choking. The 83-year-old actor grabbed the man, who turned out to be tournament director Steve John, and performed the Heimlich maneuver.

“I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John told the Associated Press. “I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life.”

“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, adding that it was the first time he performed the Heimlich. “It looked bad.”

“Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do,” John said. “He did the Heimlich maneuver, and he lifted me right off the ground. He’s strong! The cheese popped out, and I was fine.”

“I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out,” the Hollywood superstar said. “And then I made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon squeezed in it.”

Eastwood, 83, said he had never done the Heimlich on anyone before, “except to practice.”

But he had seen a look of genuine panic before — and knew exactly what it meant.

“The look on Steve’s face was different than when somebody is just coughing or joking around,” Eastwood added.

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