Some of the industry’s best actors have come out of entertainer families, and George Clooney is no different. The son of talk-show host Nick Clooney, George’ smost famous relative has to be his aunt Rosemary, the famous singer/actress of such famous movies like “White Christmas.” But don’t get us wrong; George certainly isn’t in the same level as, say, a Pacino or a DeNiro, but he’s proven himself time and again as a respectable leading man. Getting his TV start at the age of five on his dad’s talk show, George later went on to graduate from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, despite aspirations to become a pro baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. In 1984, George was ironically cast in a medical comedy titled “ER” (no, not that one), and also appeared in some of the most popular shows of the 80’s, including “The Facts of Life,” “TheGolden Girls” and “Roseanne.” In 1994, however, George got his big break when he was cast in the NBC-produced medical drama “ER” as pediatrician Dr. Doug Ross, and after a couple of years as television’s new heart throb he made the jump to film.
His first real film role came in the shape of the Robert Rodriquez South-of-the-border vampire flick “From Dusk Till Dawn,” where he played alongside Quentin Tarantino as runaway convict brothers who stumble upon a secret vampire hideaway in the middle of nowhere. Roles in several romantic comedies and his embarrassing nipples-on-the-Batsuit appearance in “Batman & Robin” threatened his career as a movie star, but after receiving critical praise for his roles in both “Out of Sight” and “Three Kings,” his bad luckseemed to be finally ending. In 1999, George left “ER” to pursue a full-time gigas a movie star, and in 2000, he surprised moviegoers again with an award-winning performance in the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou? ”Future appearances in “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” only further solidified his place at the top of the Hollywood food chain, and since then, he’s been a verybusy man. Along with small roles in indie films like “Welcome to Collinwood,”George teamed up with industry buddy Steven Soderbergh to create Section Eight,a production company that allows the two to work together even if it’s not asactor and director.
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An online database of George's TV and film career.
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George Clooney Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
An incredibly in-depth biography with tons of facts and photos.
An unofficial fan site with news updates, interview and article archives, and adecent photo gallery.
Another fan page that features news, upcoming appearances, and information on his production company, Section Eight.
There's lots of good stuff to check out here, including quote and interview archives, but nothing is as entertaining as a picture of the electric car he recently purchased.
News, photos and video clips from George's most recent work.
George on the Screen
George could find himself nominated in both the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor categories after his performances in "The Descendants" and "The Ides of March," respectively, and he doesn't show any signs of slowing down. In addition to roles in two sci-fi films -- Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Darren Aronofsky's "Human Nature" -- he's also busy planning his next directorial effort: the crime thriller "The Boys from Belmont."
George can currently be seen in Anton Corbijn's new film, "The American," and is scheduled to appear in a few other movies over the next few years: the Alexander Payne dramedy "The Descendants" and the political comedy "Our Brand Is Crisis." George is also circling several projects as a director, including the heist film "The Boys from Belmont" and the Aaron Sorkin-penned "Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld."
From the Mouth of George
"I don't believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It's a mean thing, life."
"Run for office? No. I've slept with too many women, I've done too many drugs, and I've been to too many parties."
On the current situation in the Middle East:
"We're picking on people we can beat."