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George Clooney Biography

Birth Name:
George Timothy Clooney
Birth Place:
Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Profession
Actor, screenwriter, producer, director

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

  • 2014People's Choice Awards-Favorite Movie Duo: winner
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 2013Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: winner
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2012Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2012Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2012BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2012David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2012Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2012Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 2011National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 2011Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2011Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2011Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2009Florida Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 2009Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2009Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2009New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2009National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2008People's Choice Awards-Favorite On Screen Match Up: winner
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2007National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2007Oklahoma Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2007Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2007Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actor: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2006David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Freedom Award: winner
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Writer: nominated
  • 2006Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2006Writers Guild Awards-The Paul Selvin Award: winner
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2006BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2005Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2005Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2005European Film Awards-Screen International Award - Best Non-European Film: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2005Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2005Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2005Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 2005Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2005Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2005St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2002National Board of Review-Special Filmmaking Achievement: winner
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated