Biography

Although he was working steadily in Hollywood by his mid-twenties, this magnetic actor didn't become an international icon and sex symbol until he landed the plum role of roguish Dr. Doug Ross on ER in 1994. His star power grew while on the TV medical drama, and he tried his luck on the silver screen. His first blockbuster effort found him running from the law alongside Quentin Tarantino in 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn. Next, he won hearts in the romantic comedy One Fine Day (1996), sought nuclear weapons in The Peacemaker (1997) and battled villains in the infamous box office flop Batman & Robin (1997). Though his movie career had some initial trouble taking off, he didn't't let cinematic missteps hamper his pursuit of stardom. He bounced back with a role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the Steven Soderbergh-directed 1998 sexy crime thriller Out of Sight. Solidifying his ever-increasing celebrity, he hung up his ER scrubs and teamed up with director Soderbergh and buddies Brad Pitt and Matt Damon for the big-screen caper Ocean's 11, the first installment of a successful trilogy that boosted Clooney's career. He fell easily into the role of favorite leading man, becoming popular with women and with the paparazzi. In 2002, he co-starred in his directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and was praised by critics for his filmmaking acumen. He won acclaim both behind the camera and in front of it in 2005. He landed an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his enigmatic portrayal of a CIA operative in Syriana, and he drew Oscar nominations for writing and directing Good Night and Good Luck. Although critics were impressed with his directorial skills, he has attracted audiences more with his on-screen performances in a diverse range of engaging films including Michael Clayton (2007), Burn After Reading (2008), and Up in the Air (2009). Off-screen, he uses his celebrity status to serve as a dedicated human rights advocate. With his non-profit organization, Not On Our Watch, and his role as an appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace, he helps raise awareness and support for the victims of global atrocities.

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be a professional baseball player and tried out for the Cincinnati Reds at age 16.
  • Worked on his father's local talk show starting at age 5, playing sketch characters and later serving as floor manager.
  • Cut tobacco in order to buy a car and drive cross-country to Los Angeles, where he lived for a time with his aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney.
  • In 1984, he first found success on television in a recurring role as a handyman on the sitcom Facts of Life.
  • A decade before hitting it big on ER, he had a supporting role on the short-lived CBS sitcom titled E/R.
  • Was People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 1997 and 2006. 
  • In 2006, he traveled with his father, Nick, to Darfur and captured the trip for a documentary called A Journey to Darfur.
  • After five seasons, he left ER to pursue a film career, but he returned to appear in one of the series' final episodes in 2009. 
  • In 2010, he hosted a telethon called Hope for Haiti Now to raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Awards

  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2008, People's Choice Awards — Favorite On Screen Match Up: Winner
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Nominee
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2012, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actor: Winner
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor for a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2012, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2006, Writers Guild Awards — The Paul Selvin Award: Winner
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
  • 2005, European Film Awards — Screen International Award - Best Non-European Film: Winner
  • 2005, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 2006, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2006, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2012, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Bob Hope Humanitarian Award: Winner
  • 2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2013, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2014, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Movie Duo: Winner
  • 2005, Venice Film Festival — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 2012, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Freedom Award: Winner
  • 2005, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Stacy Keibler — Ex-significant Other
  • Ada Zeidler — Sister
  • Miguel Ferrer — Cousin
  • Nina Bruce Clooney — Mother
  • Nick Clooney — Father
  • Talia Balsam — Ex-wife
  • Elisabetta Canalis — Ex-significant Other
  • Amal Clooney — Wife
  • Kelly Preston — Ex-significant Other
  • Lisa Snowdon — Ex-significant Other
  • Rosemary Clooney — Aunt
  • Sarah Larson — Ex-significant Other
  • Krista Allen — Ex-significant Other
  • Celine Balitran — Ex-significant Other

College

  • Attended Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: George Timothy Clooney
  • Birth Place: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
  • Birthday: May 6, 1961, Taurus
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Director

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