Clint Eastwood not only made one man’s day, he apparently saved his life.
The 83-year-old actor-director performed the Heimlich maneuver on PGA Tour tournament director Steve John when he noticed John choking on some cheese at a party in Monterey, Calif., on Wednesday night, on the eve of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Eastwood, chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which runs the popular PGA Tour event, immediately sprang into action when he saw that John was in trouble and performed the life-saving maneuver on the 202-pound tournament director.
“I am very lucky he was there,” John said today in a statement to ABC News. “We were just talking after our volunteer party about the night, the great concert, and how much money we raised. At that point, I was eating a piece of cheese and I was talking, chewing, and drinking at the same time, which you can’t do.”
John said Eastwood then “noticed I was choking and he turned me around and performed the Heimlich Maneuver and the cheese just popped out.”
Eastwood told the local paper, The Carmel Pine Cone, that it was his first time using the Heimlich maneuver.
“I didn’t know that the Chairman of the Board needed to know how to do the Heimlich, but he did know,” John said about Eastwood, who usually hands out the trophies at the event.
“He didn’t make my day, he made my life,” John added. “He was my angel and he was definitely at the right place at the right time.”