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George Clooney

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George Clooney Biography

George Clooney, born as "George Timothy Clooney" (born May 6, 1961), is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor, and two Academy Awards — one for acting and the other for producing. Clooney is also noted for his political activism, and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31, 2008.

Clooney made his acting debut on television in 1978, and later gained wide recognition in his role as Dr. Douglas "Doug" Ross on the long-running medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. While working on ER, he began attracting a variety of leading roles in films, including Batman & Robin (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), in which he first worked with long-term collaborator Steven Soderbergh. In 1999 Clooney took the lead role in Three Kings, a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War. In 2001, Clooney's fame widened with the release of his biggest commercial success, Ocean's Eleven, the first of a profitable film trilogy, a remake of the film from 1960 with the members of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean. He made his directorial debut a year later with the 2002 biographical thriller Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and has since directed Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Leatherheads (2008), and The Ides of March (2011). He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Middle East thriller Syriana (2005) and subsequently gained Best Actor nominations for such films as Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009) and The Descendants (2011). In 2013, he received the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing the film Argo, alongside Ben Affleck and Grant Heslov. He is the only person to ever be nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories.

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George Clooney Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 AFI Awards, USA Movie of the Year Argo (2012). Won
2013 PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Argo (2012). Won
2013 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film Won
2013 BAFTA Awards Best Film Argo (2012). Won
2013 Australian Film Institute Best Film Argo (2012). Nominated

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George Clooney Trivia

  • Best man at the wedding of Richard Kind.
  • Tried out for a position on the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
  • He says he will never get married again, not have any children, but Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman both bet $10,000 each that he would be a father before he turned 40. They were both wrong, and each sent him a check. He returned the money, betting double or nothing that he won't have kids by age 50.
  • Waged war against the paparazzi by boycotting "Entertainment Tonight" (1981), the sister show of "Hard Copy" (1989), which had filmed Clooney without his permission.
  • Was voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine. [1997]
  • Was voted "Best Dressed Male Television Star." [1997]
  • Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." [1996]
  • Cousin of Miguel Ferrer, Rafael Ferrer, Gabriel Ferrer, Monsita Ferrer, Maria Providencia Ferrer Murdock, Carlos Campo, Cathi Campo, Cari Leary, and Cristina Stretz. Half-cousin of Mica Darley. Cousin-in-law of Debby Boone and Terry Botwick.
  • Uncle is the late actor José Ferrer.
  • Nephew of singer/actress Rosemary Clooney and Betty Clooney. Half-nephew of Gail Stone.
  • Educated at Northern Kentucky University.
  • Owned a pet pig named Max, given to him by Kelly Preston, for eighteen years. Max died on December 1, 2006.
  • Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
  • Coincidentally, his first steady TV role was in the medical sitcom "E/R" (1984) that was based in Chicago and co-starred Elliott Gould, Mary McDonnell and Jason Alexander. Ten years later it would take another TV series "ER" (1994) (also based in Chicago) to finally launch him into the galaxy of superstardom.
  • He was talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell's very first guest when her TV show debuted ("The Rosie O'Donnell Show: Episode dated 10 June 1996" (1996)).
  • Committed to O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) before even reading a script, because of his wish to work with the Coen brothers. He even accepted a significantly lower salary than usual.
  • Reportedly got into a fistfight with Three Kings (1999) director David O. Russell on the set. Russell had yelled and derided a few extras out of frustration and Clooney didn't appreciate it. Russell has since said, "I wouldn't make another George Clooney movie if they paid me $20 million."
  • Good friends with actor Mark Wahlberg and Ben Weiss.
  • Has stated in several interviews that he has suffered from bleeding stomach ulcers and is still on medication for stomach pain.
  • Ranked #27 on Premiere's 2002 Power 100 List.
  • Frequently stars in so-called "heist movies" that revolve around some type of robbery: Out of Sight (1998), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Three Kings (1999), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Welcome to Collinwood (2002), Ocean's Twelve (2004), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
  • Ex-son-in-law of Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten while he was married to Talia Balsam.
  • First cousin once removed of Gabi Ferrer.
  • One of People Magazine's "Top 50 Bachelors" (2002).
  • Was a pallbearer at the funeral of his late aunt, Rosemary Clooney.
  • He got his start in a movie starring his cousin, Miguel Ferrer. Later, after Clooney had established himself on "ER" (1994), Ferrer made a guest appearance on the very first show. George's aunt, Rosemary Clooney, made guest appearances on two shows the first month "ER" (1994) aired.
  • Ranked #29 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List.
  • Is the sixth actor to play Batman.
  • No. 3 of 10 Top Sexiest Men in People magazine. (2003)
  • His voice was dubbed for the singing moments in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
  • Heads his own film and television production company, Maysville Pictures.
  • Shared an apartment with actor Thom Mathews during the early 1980s.
  • Was the second man, after Richard Gere, to make an appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine.
  • Ranked #16 on VH1's "100 Hottest Hotties."
  • Rode a bicycle to get to auditions as a struggling actor.
  • Son of actor and AMC host Nick Clooney and Nina Warren Clooney.
  • He loves the show "South Park" (1997). He got a hold of Trey Parker, the creator of the series, and asked for a part in an episode. He was given the role of "Sparky," the gay dog, which involved little more than panting and yelping. However, when it was time for South Park to go to the big screen, Clooney got a full speaking part, as an ER surgeon.
  • Is of Irish-American descent.
  • At 43, he was voted sexiest male celebrity in a 'Naughty Forties' poll conducted for UK television station FX.
  • Shared an L.A. home with Kelly Preston when both were struggling actors.
  • Auditioned five times for Ridley Scott for the role of J.D. in Thelma & Louise (1991), a role that ultimately went to future friend Brad Pitt and catapulted Pitt to super-stardom.
  • Born 2:48 AM, EST.
  • He loves beer. He does voiceovers for Budweiser TV commercials and allegedly had a beer keg installed in his dressing room during filming of Ocean's Eleven (2001).
  • Lived in a friend's closet while struggling as an actor in L.A., early in his career.
  • Is a Dallas Mavericks fan.
  • Received the first "Spirit of Independence Award" of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Find Independent (FIND). [June, 2005]
  • He and his Ocean's Eleven (2001) and Ocean's Twelve (2004) co-stars, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Elliott Gould, and Bruce Willis who did a cameo in Ocean's Twelve as himself, all have guest-starred on the TV show "Friends" (1994), though not in the same episodes.
  • Appears on the cover of the first Men's Vogue. (2005)
  • In October 2005, after an accident on the set of his movie Syriana (2005), he suffered from back pain, bad headaches, and memory loss. After several spine surgeries, he fully recovered.
  • Sought the role of Jack in Sideways (2004). However, the film's director, Alexander Payne, felt that he was too big a star, and turned him down in favor of Thomas Haden Church.
  • Owns a villa in Laglio at Lake Como, Italy, where he lives several months of the year.
  • In winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Syriana (2005), he becomes the second generation of his family to win an Oscar. His uncle, José Ferrer, won a Best Actor Oscar for playing in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). Also appearing in Syriana (2005) was Christopher Plummer, who once played Christian to Ferrer's Cyrano in a subsequent production, and later succeeded Ferrer as Cyrano as well.
  • Is the first actor who played Batman (in Batman & Robin (1997) to win an Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana (2005)). Five years later, Christian Bale won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter (2010/I).
  • Frequently involves himself in projects involving the "Golden Age" of television. For example, he produced and starred in Fail Safe (2000) (TV), a throwback to the live television plays of the 1950s and 1960s; he directed and appeared in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), a movie about Chuck Barris' career in early game shows; and he directed, wrote, and appeared in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), a movie about Edward R. Murrow's battle with Senator Joseph McCarthy.
  • Ranked #21 on Premiere's 2006 "Power 50" list. Had ranked #43 in 2005.
  • Turned down the role of Sgt. John McLoughlin in World Trade Center (2006).
  • As of 2006, he is the only regular cast member from "ER" (1994) to win an Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana (2005)).
  • Was originally to star in Jack Frost (1998) but chose to do Batman & Robin (1997) instead. His part went to Michael Keaton, who had previously starred as Batman in Batman (1989) and in Batman Returns (1992).
  • Played a gangster in seven movies: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Out of Sight (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Welcome to Collinwood (2002), Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
  • In August 2006, he and his producing partner Steven Soderbergh decided to close down their Section Eight production company after a 6-year working partnership.
  • He and Grant Heslov founded production company Smoke House after his production company Section Eight closed down.
  • He auditioned for the role of Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs (1992), but was turned down.
  • In 2006, voted People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive".
  • From 1996 through 2003, stuntman Brad Martin served as Clooney's personal stunt double.
  • His famed "Roman haircut" was actually an accident. While filming From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), he wanted to make his character Seth Gecko look really crazy with a chopped off hairstyle. But the haircut became popular and turned into a positive.
  • Suffered from Bell's palsy for a time while he was in high school.
  • In December 2006, he traveled to China and Egypt to make a personal plea to Chinese and Egyptian officials to use their ties with the Sudanese government to help stop the violence in the Darfur region.
  • Was considered for the part of Reed Richards in Fantastic Four (2005/I).
  • His The Peacemaker (1997) co-star Nicole Kidman presented him his Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2006.
  • In 2001 was voted Most Eligible Bachelor by People Magazine.
  • Clooney grew up working in tobacco fields. In his late teens, he took up smoking and continued to do so through his late 20's. A decision he regrets and has discussed in numerous interviews. He finally decided to quit when his favorite Uncle died after a long battle with lung cancer. Clooney's parents were non-smokers, although many of his Aunts and Uncles smoked.
  • In September 2006 he addressed the United Nations Security Council, urging it to act over Darfur.
  • Helped celebrate a plan to rebuild a hospital in hurricane-devastated Louisiana alongside former President George Bush. The pair appeared outside the courthouse in Cameron Parish, the only surviving building in the town following Hurricane Rita. Bush presented local officials with a check for $2 million from the Bush-Clinton Katrina fund. The money will help run South Cameron Memorial Hospital once it has been rebuilt. Former "ER" (1994) star Clooney quipped, "There is good news in all of this, which is that when the hospital gets up and running, I will not be doing any of the medical procedures" (20 December 2006).
  • In 2007, he was ranked #13 on Entertainment Weekly's 'The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood'.
  • In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $25 million.
  • Supported Senator Barack Obama's bid to win the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election.
  • He and his girlfriend, Sarah Larson, had an accident in 2007 while riding a motorcycle. She broke some toes, and Clooney broke a rib.
  • Turned down two roles which went to Kevin Kline: "Artemus Gordon" in Wild Wild West (1999) and "Guy Noir" in A Prairie Home Companion (2006).
  • Merited a place in Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" (Artists & Entertainers section) with a tribute written by Roseanne Barr (Issue May 12, 2008).
  • His palatial villa overlooking Italy's Lake Como comprises 15 rooms, a wine cellar, and a master bedroom suite atop three floors. In his garage, Clooney keeps his collection of Piaggio motorbikes. Docked at his pier is a Colombo classic powerboat.
  • Quit the WGA in April 2008 after the union turned down his wish to be credited as a co-writer for Leatherheads (2008). He felt that he was let down by the union.
  • His favorite song is "Destination Moon" by Dinah Washington and his favorite novel is Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace".
  • Friend of Rande Gerber.
  • On the DVD commentary for Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney says that shortly after he met Grant Heslov in 1982, Heslov loaned Clooney $200.00 to buy his first set of headshots, and they have been friends ever since (and later writing and producing partners).
  • Close friends with actress Julia Roberts and actor Brad Pitt.
  • His production company, Section 8 Productions, is named after Jamie Farr's "M*A*S*H" (1972) character "Maxwell Q Klinger" (Klinger tried to get out of the army via a section 8).
  • Lives in Los Angeles, California.
  • He is known for his self-mocking sense of humor. The creators of "South Park" (1997) spoofed his Oscar acceptance speech in a South Park episode, and his political views in Team America: World Police (2004). Clooney commented that he would have been really disappointed, had he not been spoofed in the latter.
  • Has an older sister named Adelia "Ada" Clooney Zeidler. She married the late Norman Monroe Zeidler, an artist and U.S. Army captain, who died of a heart attack in 2004. They have two children, Allison and Nick, who are the only grandchildren of Nina and Nick Clooney.
  • Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine four times: March '95, October '97, November '98 (with Harrison Ford and Chris Rock) and January '03.
  • His role as Danny Ocean in the Ocean's Eleven (2001) trilogy was parodied on "Robot Chicken" (2005), and the character was voiced by his cousin Miguel Ferrer.
  • Three of the films he has directed are concerned with jobs held by himself or his father. Nick Clooney was a news anchor, and Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) is about television reporters. Nick later ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress. George plays a man running for President in The Ides of March (2011). Leatherheads (2008) was about college football. Before becoming an actor, George pursued a career as a professional athlete.
  • Was in a 2-year relationship with Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis (2009-2011).
  • In a relationship with Stacy Keibler [2011].
  • During the 2012 Newsweek Magazine Oscar roundtable, Clooney told a story about working for the women's shoe department of a Cincinnati, Ohio, department store in 1979. He said that it was fashionable at that time for some women to have their fourth toe surgically removed so that they could more easily fit into tight pumps and heels. He came to know which women had had this procedure done, and he always tried to pass those customers of onto his coworkers, since he found the sight of the deliberately missing toe so disturbing.
  • He and his father, Nick Clooney, were arrested, on March 16, 2012, for participating in a staged protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C.
  • Is supporting President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and hosted a fundraiser for the President at his home on May 10, 2012. A record $15 million in contributions was raised.
  • Has been friends with Sandra Bullock for around 25 years. In 2012, they will appear in a movie together for the first time.
  • Suffers from a form of malaria that surfaces from time to time; he has to live with it for the rest of his life.

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  • Often plays scoundrels that are likable and have redeeming qualities
  • His movies often reflect his liberal political beliefs


George Clooney Photos

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    Madame Tussauds London Unveil of Emma Watson Waxwork Figure on March 26, 2013

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    George Clooney Attends the German Media Prize Award (Deutscher Medienpreis) in Baden-Baden on February 26, 2013

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    85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

  • George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Ben Affleck

    85th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room

  • Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov

    EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 - Afterparty - Arrivals

  • George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov

    EE British Academy Film Awards 2013 - Press Room

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