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George Clooney Facts

American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter

  • George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Georgetown, Kentucky.
  • His mother Nina Bruce is a former beauty pageant queen.
  • His father, Nick Clooney, is a former anchorman, as well as a game show and American Movie Classics host.
  • His paternal great-great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland.
  • He has received three Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award.
  • He was nominated in the Actor in Leading Role category at the 84th Academy Awards for the movie The Descendants in which he starred as a husband whose wife has an accident that leaves her in a coma.
  • He served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31, 2008.
  • He made his acting debut on television in 1978, as an extra in the TV series Centennial.
  • He premieres in his breakout role as Dr. Doug Ross on ER. The hospital drama becomes America's top-rated show, and Clooney's nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy in 1995 and 1996.
  • He lived in a friend's walk-in closet for a few months during his first year in Hollywood.
  • His role in films Batman & Robin (1997) and Out of Sight (1998) made him popular. It was also in these films that he first teamed with long-term collaborator Steven Soderbergh.
  • He was the 6th star to act as Batman.
  • His 2001 Ocean's Eleven was the first of a profitable film trilogy.
  • He has cast his hands and shoes in the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 2007.
  • He made his directorial debut a year later with the 2002 biographical thriller Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
  • He helped raise funds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2004 Tsunami, and 9/11 victims, and creating documentaries such as Sand and Sorrow to raise awareness about international crises.
  • He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • He was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 until they divorced in 1993.
  • Clooney is one of three people to have been given the title of "Sexiest Man Alive" twice by People Magazine; first in 1997 and again in 2006.
  • Hollywood calls Clooney as 'Gorgeous George'.
  • Vogue magazine has had only two men on their cover - Clooney and Richard Gere.
  • He played with the Kentucky Basketball Team way back in 1979.
  • He famously bet Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer $10,000 apiece that he would still be unmarried and childless when he turned 40 in 2001.
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