George Clooney Biography

George Clooney is a famous American actor, producer and director who is best known for his role in the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy. To know more about his childhood, profile, career and timeline read on

George Clooney
Quick Facts

Birthday: May 6, 1961

Nationality: American

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Age: 58 Years, 58 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Taurus

Also Known As: George Timothy Clooney

Born in: Lexington

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Amal Clooney, Elisabetta Canalis, Kelly Preston, Talia Balsam

father: Nick Clooney

mother: Nina Bruce Warren

siblings: Adelia Clooney

children: Alexander Clooney, Ella Clooney

Personality: ENTJ

U.S. State: Kentucky

Founder/Co-Founder: Section Eight Productions

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education: Northern Kentucky University, Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School, Augusta High School, University of Cincinnati

Humanitarian Work: Founder of ‘Satellite Sentinel Project’

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George Clooney is an American actor, producer, writer, director and activist. Since making his acting debut in 1978 he has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s hottest A-list leading men. Twice named “The Sexiest Man Alive” by ‘People’ magazine, his looks and charm have also led to ‘Time’ magazine dubbing him “the last movie star.” He once declared he would be a permanent bachelor; however, fate had different plans in mind and he is now happily married. He has earned numerous award nominations and award wins for his exceptional acting, producing and directing skills. With all of his success, he has never forgotten about the oppressed of the world. He continuously uses his status to raise awareness for gay rights and to help those in political and environmental crises. Alongside his father, Clooney has worked tirelessly to bring global attention to the conflict in Darfur, Sudan going as far as speaking not only to the United Nations, but also the European Union. One of the many humanitarian organizations he works with is ‘Not on Our Watch Project.’ They work to bring global attention to stopping mass atrocities. He is truly one of a kind and an authentic living legend

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George Clooney
Childhood & Early Life
  • George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky to entertainer Nick Clooney and beauty queen Nina Bruce. He was the younger of the two children, the other being his older sister Adelia. His aunt is actress Rosemary Clooney.
  • In high school he developed Bell’s palsy. This paralyzed portions of his face, earning him the nickname ‘Frankenstein.’ It resolved within a year, but left a profound effect.
  • He never graduated from college. After participating in a local production staged by his cousin, Clooney left for California where he spent 5 years studying acting at the ‘Beverly Hills Playhouse’.
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  • Clooney made a living selling women’s shoes, insurance and cutting tobacco before making his television debut in the 1978 mini-series ‘Centennial.’ He spent the next ten years landing small roles on sitcoms like ‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Roseanne.’
  • In 1994 he landed the role that would mark the beginning of his career on the hit drama ‘ER’. His association with the series continued for the next five years wherein he played the character of Doug Ross, a womanizer.
  • In 1996 his movie career took off when he starred in the cult-classic ‘From Dusk till Dawn.’ He then took a completely different route starring along Michelle Pfeiffer in the rom-com ‘One Fine Day.’
  • His lead role in 1997’s ‘Batman & Robin’ was deemed a failure. Even the actor himself was quoted as saying the film “may have killed the franchise.”
  • The year, 1998, saw him co-starring in ‘Out of Sight’ and ‘The Thin Red Line.’
  • ‘Three Kings’, a war drama co-starring Mark Wahlberg, came out in 1999. The next year he again teamed up with Wahlberg for ‘The Perfect Storm’ and starred in the award-winning ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’.
  • 2001 saw the first of the highly successful ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ trilogy. He also co-founded ‘Section Eight Productions’ the same year.
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  • Clooney made his directorial debut in ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’ in 2002. He also starred in the sci-fi film ‘Solaris’.
  • He directed, produced, and starred in ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ in 2005. The following year, he starred in ‘The Good German’ and started ‘Smokehouse Pictures Production Company’.
  • He played a legal “fixer” in Tony Gilroy’s 2007 directorial venture ‘Michael Clayton’. The same year he directed ‘Leatherheads.’
  • In 2009 he co-starred in ‘The Men who Stare at Goats’ and ‘Up in the Air’. He then went on to voice the lead character in the animated ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’.
  • In 2011 he starred in ‘The Descendants’ and co-wrote and directed ‘The Ides of March’.
  • In recent years Clooney has shown no signs of slowing down. From 2013-2015 he starred in movie such as ‘Gravity’, ‘Monuments Men’ and ‘Tomorrowland’.
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Major Works
  • 2001’s ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ was one of Clooney’s most successful films earning over $450 million. The movie went on to spawn two sequels and set George as the leader of ‘The New Rat Pack’ whose members included Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and others.
  • In 2005 he starred in ‘Syriana’. This movie earned him an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Clooney suffered a severe spinal injury during filming that would take 2 separate surgeries to repair. The pain was so severe he contemplated suicide.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 2000 he received a ‘Golden Globe’ for ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’
  • 2006 was a big year as this talented actor won an Oscar for his role in ‘Syriana’ and won the ‘American Cinematheque Award’.
  • He received the ‘Summit Peace Award’ in December 2007 for bringing attention to the Darfur situation.
  • His work in ‘The Descendants’ won him the ‘Broadcast Film Critics Association Award’ and a ‘Golden Globe’, in 2011.
  • Clooney won his second ‘Oscar’ in 2012 as a producer of ‘Argo’.
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  • On January 11, 2015, he received the ‘Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • His charm and good looks earned him the #1 spot on TV Guide’s ‘Sexiest Stars of All Time’ in 2005 and a spot on ‘Time’ magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’, four years later.
  • After his first marriage dissolved, Clooney declared he would never again marry. But as fate would have it, this charismatic actor met his match in human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. They wed on September 27, 2014.
  • He helped raise funds for victims of the ‘2010 Haiti earthquake’, ‘2004 tsunami’ and ‘9/11 terrorist attacks’. He served as a ‘United Nations Messenger of Peace’ since 2008 and co-founded the ‘Satellite Sentinel Project’.
  • He was arrested for civil disobedience after protesting outside the Sudanese Embassy in D.C. in 2012.
Net Worth
  • According to certain sources Clooney’s net worth in 2015 was estimated at $180 million.
  • the famous actor was invited to try out for the Cincinnati Reds in 1977. He did not make the team.
  • Clooney bought his girlfriend a potbellied piglet, Max, as a gift. After they split he kept Max until he died 18 years later

1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

  (Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Music)

2. Gravity (2013)

  (Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama)

3. Ocean's Eleven (2001)

  (Thriller, Crime)

4. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999)

  (Animation, Fantasy, Musical, Comedy)

5. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

  (Crime, Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Family)

6. The Thin Red Line (1998)

  (Drama, War)

7. Argo (2012)

  (Drama, Thriller, History, Biography)

8. Up in the Air (2009)

  (Romance, Drama)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
2013 Best Motion Picture of the Year Argo (2012)
2006 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Syriana (2005)
Golden Globe Awards
2012 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama The Descendants (2011)
2006 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Syriana (2005)
2001 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
BAFTA Awards
2013 Best Film Argo (2012)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
1996 Best Breakthrough Performance From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
People's Choice Awards
2014 Favorite Movie Duo Gravity (2013)
2008 Favorite On Screen Match-up Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

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