PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- "You've got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?"
A golf tournament executive would almost certainly have to answer with a resounding “yes” after Clint Eastwood performed the Heimlich maneuver on him on Wednesday night.
The 83-year-old actor/director may have saved the life of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am executive Steve John after performing the maneuver on him at a volunteer dinner, the Carmel Pine Cone reported.
"A piece of cheese went in my mouth, and suddenly I couldn't breathe," John said "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."
Eastwood had never performed the Heimlich before using it on the 50-year-old executive.
"I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out," said Eastwood. "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."
It wasn’t the first time Eastwood has given John some help. As part owner of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Hollywood icon was one of the people who helped select John for his current position.
"Clint saved my life," John said. "He's strong. The cheese popped out, and I was fine."
[Carmel Pine Cone] [San Jose Mercury News]