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George Clooney will be recognized at the upcoming Emmy Awards, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Wednesday.

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The 49-year-old actor will receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the ceremony on Aug. 29 for his work on the Emmy-nominated Hope for Haiti Now telethon, as well as for his efforts to raise awareness and funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the genocide in Darfur.

"He has understood and harnessed the power of television, the most powerful medium of our time, to reach into the hearts of people around the world and compelled us to action on behalf of those in sudden and desperate need as well those tragically oppressed in Darfur," chairman and chief executive of the TV academy John Shaffner said.

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Clooney is the fourth recipient of the award, which was established in 2002, following Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas.