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

Relationships

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

College

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

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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