Nominate "Dirty Harry" successor


February 18, 2003, 07:25 PM
No doubt about it: I just love to watch Clint play "Dirty Harry"! :D

Sadly but expectedly, Father Time has finally caught up with our beloved icon. I believe it's about time we look for a worthy successor...

Who among the current crop of actors is the most eligible to take over and play the part? Who must take over the reins from such an actor perfectly matched to the role?

And most interestingly: Who's going to pick up that SW 50 Magnum and most threateningly declare:

MAKE MY DAY, PUNK!!!:evil: :cool:

Your choice?

If you enjoyed reading about "Nominate "Dirty Harry" successor" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!
February 18, 2003, 07:29 PM
George Clooney- hahahahaha
:D :D :D
*runs off and hides in the corner*

Ol' Badger
February 18, 2003, 07:36 PM
Bruce Willis maybe? I don't know.
I liked Lee Marvin the best, but he's dead. All the manly actors are dead. Oh well. I just depressed myself again.

February 18, 2003, 07:48 PM
That's a tough one.
Most of the popular male actors of today are very effeminate, not convincing as "tough guy" characters.

Think, think, think.......

February 18, 2003, 08:03 PM
James Garner could do it but, he's to old too.

Mel Gibson, he's to short.

Hmmmm :scrutiny: Who???

February 18, 2003, 08:09 PM
Hey, Nick Nolte could be a good Dirty Harry. Tough, rough voice, big guy, good with a gun.

Get him off booze, get him a haircut and he has some years left in him.

Bob Locke
February 18, 2003, 08:19 PM
I honestly can't think of anyone who has that grizzled edge that Harry had.

Not enough "men" in Hollywood these days. No wonder movies have generally stunk for the last 15 years or so.

Kahr carrier
February 18, 2003, 08:21 PM
Tom Selleck Or Bad Boy Michael Madsen.:)

February 18, 2003, 08:26 PM
Tommy Lee Jones in my opinion is of the same caliber actor as Clint aka "Dirty Harry". His roles as Deputy Sam Gerards in the U.S. Marshal flicks are of the same type character. But then again Tommy Lee is no "spring chicken" either. Hard to think of someone from the younger generation that has the ability to step up. Of course Harry has awful big shoes to fill.:)

February 18, 2003, 08:27 PM
Clints daughter!

Alison Eastwood in:

"Dirty Harriett, The Ledgend Lives On" :neener:

February 18, 2003, 08:28 PM
Not an actor, but Charlie Daniels?

Or Ted Nugent. He's a reserve sheriff's deputy too, me thinks.

February 18, 2003, 08:29 PM
Useless trivia: Clint Eastwood was fourth choice for the Harry Callaghan role, behind John Wayne, Paul Neumann, Frank Sinatra.

Prior to "Dirty Harry", Eastwood did a lot of roles in westerns, and some horror that vein, maybe Val Kilmer could do a Dirty Harry prequel, launching from the Doc Holliday character he portrayed in the movie "Tombstone".

then again, there's Vin Diesel....

February 18, 2003, 08:30 PM
"Think, think, think......." - DeltaElite

Now that is funny!:D

February 18, 2003, 08:42 PM
I think Vin Diesel would make an interesting Dirty Harry

February 18, 2003, 08:46 PM
Vin Diesel? :what:

The Rock has potential.
Val Kilmer could be good.......

Mike Irwin
February 18, 2003, 09:04 PM
If anyone's seen L.A. Confidential...

Russell Crowe. (sp?)

February 18, 2003, 09:10 PM
Out of all the actors, one name stands alone.....

Mr. T!!!!!!!!!!!

"Make my day, FOO!!!"

"You lucky, sucka?"

"Stop dat jibba jabba for I lay down da hurt!"

February 18, 2003, 09:12 PM
"I pity the fool who gotta ask I feel lucky? Well do ya...suckah??"

February 18, 2003, 09:29 PM
R. Lee Ermey.

Yeah, I know he's getting a touch long in the tooth. So what?


February 18, 2003, 10:17 PM
If only Michael Chiklis from The Shield hadn't played Curly in the Three Stooges movie he'd probably fit the bill ok. He plays a ruff-N-tumble no-nonsense, take-no-crap cop. He just doesn't have that intimidating, piercing stare like Clint, and he would need more humor, one-liners and a bigger gun.

February 18, 2003, 10:20 PM
How about Laurence Fishburn? He seems like he could pull off Dirty Harry, but Val Kilmar might too, he was awesome as Doc Holiday.

February 18, 2003, 10:40 PM
David Morse currently playing on "Hack". He's got the size like Clint and always plays a cop on the screen.

February 18, 2003, 11:05 PM
Burt from Tremors:D

Stephen Ewing
February 18, 2003, 11:24 PM
The amusing irony is that Eastwood was once regarded as a "pretty-boy."

Having said that, nobody really jumps out. Um. Brad Pitt?


February 18, 2003, 11:46 PM
Eastwood is just like John Wayne, one of a kind.
Trying to reprise and recreate the dirty harry character
would be blasphemous.

Some icons cannot be duplicated. Attempting to do so
only soils the memory of what once was.

I'll just pick up the Dirty Harry movies on DVD and patiently
wait for the next cultural icon.

February 19, 2003, 12:11 AM
Another "Dirty Harry," replace Clint? Impossible!

Maybe there's another character in the wings that can stand beside Clint, but not t fill his shoes! :cool: And if that's who I'm looking for, I'd say someone like Jet Li, Vin Diesel or someone we haven't even seen yet.

February 19, 2003, 12:56 AM
I'll do it. :D

February 19, 2003, 01:18 AM
The only choice listed that I would go with is Tom Selleck. He is large enough and a good actor. Plus unlike most other actor scum he is Pro Gun! I am sick of actors who make millions off of movies where they are toting guns only to show up with some democRAT spouting anti crap!

Tom Selleck all the way!


February 19, 2003, 07:01 AM
Keanu Reeves- think "Speed" and "Matrix".

"What do you need?"
"Guns", says Neo, "lots of guns."

Don't know if he is pro gun or not.

Edited for link

February 19, 2003, 08:21 AM
Not to replace Clint but to stand along side. Tom Sellick gets my vote and then Kurt Russell.

Kahr carrier
February 19, 2003, 08:28 AM
What about Sam Elliot.He is a tough guy.:)

February 19, 2003, 08:35 AM
I don't think anyone except Clint can play Dirty Harry. But someone could play a role similar to Dirty Harry. My nomination is Edward Norton.

Ol' Badger
February 19, 2003, 09:17 AM
All he's good at is playing *****!
Sam Elliot maybe.
Vin Diesel come on.
How about that Dolh guy?
Damn this is too hard!
beside that Val guy is going to be playing that porn star John Holmes!

February 19, 2003, 10:01 AM
Dolph Lundgren (The Punisher)
Timothy Dalton (he can do American accents)
Samuel L. Jackson (but he's Shaft, already)
Keith Carradine (often co-stars w/ Selleck)
Alexis Denisof (Wesley from ANGEL--can also do American)
Michael Rosenbaum (Lex from SMALLVILLE--has worked w/ Eastwood before in MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL, just needs hair)

But I don't think ANYONE could fill Eastwood's shoes (or his shoulder holster :evil: )

February 19, 2003, 10:19 AM
I agree that no one should ever assume the role of our beloved Inspector Callahan other than the one, the only Clint Eastwood.

As for successors, I like the sound of Tom Selleck or, what about Keifer Sutherland? A couple of episodes ago in "24" he orchestrated the apparent murder of a terrorist's family, broadcast live for the captive terrorist to see, in order to force info from the bad guy. Jack (Keifer) had a squad of masked baddies holding the terr's wife and kids at gunpoint and instructed them to pop one of the kids, which finally broke the terrrorist down into giving the info. The next scene shows the whole "murder" was all a ruse with no one getting hurt...that's a kind of Dirty Harry-like tactic!

Ol' Badger
February 19, 2003, 10:41 AM
There ya go.

February 19, 2003, 11:06 AM
I'd like to see another Dirty Harry movie.

Only he's retired now...

February 19, 2003, 11:11 AM
Out of the current possibilities, three spring to mind:

Kurt Russell
Jeff Bridges
(drum roll)
Dennis Frantz

February 19, 2003, 11:13 AM
Who was the guy who played "Sledgehammer?" He would work. Also, Fred Dryer.

February 19, 2003, 11:33 AM
Arnold Schwartzenager sp?

"I'll be back"

I think Deniro would be good too but he is getting old as well.

Ol' Badger
February 19, 2003, 11:57 AM
I'd like to see another Dirty Harry movie.

Only that he hands out justice to people that cut in line at the golf course :neener:

February 19, 2003, 12:21 PM
Mike Douglas if he could recapture his out of control nerd personna from Falling Down? For that matter, Frederick Forrest from the same movie? (The neonazi surplus store owner) :evil:

Joe Demko
February 19, 2003, 12:24 PM

February 19, 2003, 12:32 PM
After seeing "Training Day", I could see Denzel Washington playing such a role.

Maybe John Travolta....these guys came put on a "tough" act when needed.

February 19, 2003, 12:52 PM
Yea, Travolta or Nicholas Cage also. They were great together in "Face Off"

February 19, 2003, 01:46 PM
Tackleberry or Joe Piscopo.:neener:

February 19, 2003, 02:02 PM
There is only one Dirty Harry. There will never be another.

I predict the next big action hero of Schwarzenegger size fame is going to be either A. Vin Diesel or B. The Rock. Vin can actually act (Don't think XXX, think Pitch Black if you have seen it, holy crap he was tough in that one). The Rock has personality and charisma, but he isn't an actor.

Edited to add that Chow Yun Fat is probably the only guy out there who even comes close to Clint Eastwood's tough but cool demeanor.

Inspector Callahan
February 19, 2003, 02:21 PM
Probably the most famous character that's been played by more than one actor is that of James Bond. However, I just don't think Hollywood could pull such a stunt with the Callahan character. I was very disappointed with the third Jack Ryan. A lot of folks were. This would probably be the result if Clint was replaced as Callahan.


February 19, 2003, 02:29 PM
Correia just might have something there... Chow Yun Fat can do the tough guy thing, and be suave at the same time. I doubt they'd cast him as Callahan though, his English is a little rough...

SoDFW Jason
February 19, 2003, 02:43 PM
I'm with Kel, Ed Norton is my vote. He was pretty convincing as a tough guy in the !st part of American History X.

February 19, 2003, 03:54 PM
That's like saying who will play Rooster Cogburn next.:scrutiny:

It ain't meant to be. It's Clint's role. Always will be.

February 19, 2003, 04:09 PM
Like Dirty Harry, so many of the "classic' portrayels should be left alone and not tarnished-IMO. Eastwood, Pacino, DeNiro, McQueen, Selleck, John Wayne, Mitchum, Sam Elliot...etc.

New guys got to make their bones.
Cage, Gibson, Crowe, Reeves,...they'll be remembered for what they did--not what they copied...

Just hate to see the 'Classics' fade away. Borgnine(sp?) Bogart, etc..

February 19, 2003, 04:22 PM

February 19, 2003, 06:21 PM
Another vote for Harvey Kitell.

Nicholas Cage would get my vote but he's more into playing the reluctant hero (and darn good at it!)

Kahr carrier
February 19, 2003, 08:17 PM
Now Chow Yun Fat thats a good idea as Dirty Harry but in a Rush Hour Type of Story Line that would work Chow would come to SF as a visting Hong Kong police supercop to visit a sick uncle that is later murdered in a gang related killing . Set Chow Loose in SF with the 500 S&W and see what he can get into.:what: :D

Erik Jensen
February 19, 2003, 08:26 PM
I gotta say... of all of the actors mentioned, Harvey Keitel just keeps coming to mind.. think "the clean-up man" in Pulp Fiction

February 19, 2003, 09:20 PM
Antonio Banderas as a new age, .50 S&W, steel-eyed, tongue in cheek, anti-establisment, SF Inspector *********. :D

February 20, 2003, 01:33 AM
Will Smith, or Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Kahr carrier
February 20, 2003, 09:21 AM
That Sounds like BAD BOYS 3 Minus Martin Lawerence.:D

February 20, 2003, 06:24 PM
I say Hughe Jackman.....from X-men's Wolverine........he was kinda of gritty

February 20, 2003, 07:28 PM
I don't know his real name, but how about the guy who plays
Ryan O'Reilly on Oz? He kinda sounds like him when he talks.


February 20, 2003, 10:08 PM
Right on! :D

Hugh Jackman is almost a dead-ringer of the young Clint!

I second this choice!

February 20, 2003, 10:58 PM
Ed O'neill of Married With Children and Dragnet.
He has the look, size, etc.
Now I don't think we can replace Clint, no way, no how, but Ed is a good substitute.

February 21, 2003, 12:14 AM
Not an actor, but Charlie Daniels?

Skunkabilly.... I hope ya were kiddin about that :what: I love his music but have ya seen him lately?? Isn't he like 100 years old and 400lbs??? :D


February 21, 2003, 01:20 AM
Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan was an Angel of Death type of character, built not so much off of superhuman feats of strength or dexterity, but off of superhuman menace and accuracy. He could mix it up hand to hand if he had to, but shooting the BG was option one.

I think there are five younger actors out there today who could pull off the mix of detachment and menace in a Callahan type character in a convincing fashion.

The first on my list is Guy Pierce. Who? He played Exley in LA Confidential. I thought he stole the movie from Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe. He was also very menacing in Memento as Leonard, a character with no short term memory.

Laurence Fishburne. He showed the ability to play a menacing figure in Othello, but I didn't see "action star" in him until The Matrix. He'd be a solid choice.

There is then Hugh Jackman. He has the stature and the intensity. Guy Pierce is a better actor than him.

Then there is Edward Norton. He was terrifying in Primal Fear and he played an intense thug in American History X. The problem with Ed is that he has a weak chin and he needed a goatee to look like a menacing skinhead.

Last is Keanu Reeves. However, when he is doing "angry" it looks like just about every other emotion he tries to convey and since a Dirty Harry type goes through partners like socks, Keanu's acting would get pretty old pretty fast.

Dark Horse: Viggo Mortensen. He did a bang-up job as Aragorn in the LOTR.

The pretenders:

Vin Diesel has the acting ability of a stump. His wooden delivery makes him the heir to Arnold, not Clint.

Bruce Willis and Kurt Russell are too old. Travolta is still too Vinny Barbarino and too old. Cage would never run the risk of being typecast. Banderas has potential, El Nuevo Cop en San Francisco. For the same reason, Chow Yun Fat has promise, but Bandaras and Fat have strange English diction at times. The only other African-American who could step into that type of role today is DMX.

Ed Straker
February 21, 2003, 02:13 AM
Wow, Guy Pearce, I don't know. Harvey Keitel is 60, but he's a Marine. Kurt Russell's good, and he's smarter than that thing he lives with. Ed Bishop's too old.
Willem Dafoe is the best actor on the scene today. And scary. Not big. But scary.

Ed Straker
February 21, 2003, 02:56 AM
AHA! I figured it out! Scott Glenn!
What was it I read somewhere, ...'Scott Glenn, an actor so taciturn he makes Tommy Lee Jones look like Robin Williams...'
'Nother Marine, BTW...

February 21, 2003, 06:37 AM
Before it gets lost in the mix....


Your candidate should be able to wield that humongous 50 Cal SW Magnum, the way Insp. Callahan deftly handled the 629 back in the good ol' days...

Keanu plus the Fifty? Nah... He'd be too cute... :p

If Guy Pierce were bigger, yup, he could be our man but "A man's got to know his limitations...":D

Fishburne.... hmmm... He may pull it off. He's got size. (Harry C. was 6'4"), and that menacing look :cool:

Hugh Jackman, and the great Clint side by side... well....

Like a chip off the ol' block... :D:D:D

February 21, 2003, 10:54 AM
As it was mentioned there could never be an Eastwood "replacement" but my pick for a Dirty Harry type would be Steven Seagal. He is a gun guy in real life plus he could mix it up in hand to hand as well! May not be a real diversified actor but in the role of a tough guy he is a lot more convincing than most of the actors out there.

February 21, 2003, 12:50 PM
I'll have to go with Hugh Jackman. Same looks as young Clint. Also can play the badass. If not convinced, just watch the way he plays Wolverine.

Guy Pierce? Got the intensity, but hard picturing a punk down.

Russel Crowe? Add a slightly sarcastic sense of humor, trim up a few pounds and he'd be the best second choice.

February 21, 2003, 10:05 PM
I could just savor the storyline now!:D

The Master breaking in the Rookie, but most of the time end up being outdone by his ward... which includes, BTW, in the choice of the weapon (SW .50 Magnum, remember?) ;)

Until they encounter the Great Nemesis, where the tried and tested Insp. Callahan "schools" his Padauan Hugh Jackman...


I'm already choking in anticipation of what might be!!! :what: :evil: :D

February 21, 2003, 10:18 PM
I think Gary Oldman would make a good Dirty Harry. I especially liked his role in Leon.

February 21, 2003, 10:48 PM
See Guy Pierce in Memento and watch him do the "punk down." I think he does it three times IIRC.

February 22, 2003, 02:48 AM
I'm gonna go with Tom Sizemore, but I do like the Viggo mention. Hugh Jackman should be the next James Bond after Pierce retires.

February 23, 2003, 12:35 AM
I think I'll wait a few more years before I pick one.

I don't see anyone out there right now, that has Eastwoods personna.

Like the Duke and McQueen, he is an original, and not replaceable.


Ed Brunner
February 23, 2003, 11:07 PM
Whoever does it has to be good enough (and young enough) to go for the series. Samuel Jackson would be good. Antonio Banderas is a comedian. Chow Yun Fat would require subtitles.

Bruce H
February 24, 2003, 08:00 AM
Pauly Shore

February 24, 2003, 04:18 PM
I don't know about replacing Clint, but I would love to see Ving Rames play a role like that.

February 24, 2003, 04:28 PM
But there are a couple in "Black Hawk Down" that might fit the bill but I don't know their names right off.

Chuck Perry
February 24, 2003, 05:53 PM
How about Gary Busey?

February 25, 2003, 10:54 AM
Gary Busey?

For "Walking Tall" maybe, rough and tough he could be..

But sarcastically witty?


If you enjoyed reading about "Nominate "Dirty Harry" successor" here in archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join today for the full version!