The Washington Times - August 30, 2012, 03:50PM

Famed actor and director Clint Eastwood is the so-called mystery speaker who will address attendees Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, according to multiple reports.

Pundits have speculated all week about who will fill the to-be-announced speaking slot that RNC organizers reserved ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who will round out the convention.


Republicans have tried to keep the speaker’s identity under wraps, but Fox News and CNN cited anonymous Republican sources on Thursday who say it will be Mr. Eastwood.

The 82-year-old actor and two-time Oscar-winning director is a self-described libertarian who endorsed the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain. Mr. Eastwood also served as mayor of Carmel, Calif., a wealthy coastal city of 3,700, from 1986 to 1988.