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|Also Known As:||George Timothy Clooney||Died:|
|Born:||May 6, 1961||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Lexington, Kentucky, USA||Profession:||actor, screenwriter, producer, director, floor manager (for father's TV show), shoe salesman, tobacco cutter, caricaturist|
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g, which required therapy and rehabilitation in a scene that failed to even make the finished film. But his pain and suffering was well worth it when Clooney won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Clooney next reunited with Soderbergh for "The Good German" (2006), playing an American reporter sent to cover the final Allied summit meeting of World War II, secretly hoping to search for a lost love, but becoming tangled up in a murder mystery.Then in a third go-round, Clooney hopped back onto the gravy train for "Ocean's 13" (2007). This time, the gang sought revenge on a ruthless Las Vegas casino owner (Al Pacino) whose double-crossing of Danny Ocean and company leads to his downfall. Clooney next starred in "Michael Clayton" (2007), playing a corporate fixer who takes care of all the dirty work for one of the biggest law firms in New York City. When the firm's top litigator (Tom Wilkinson) suffers from a nervous breakdown and threatens to sabotage a lucrative settlement suit, Clayton tries cleaning up the mess, only to come face-to-face with who he's really become. Meanwhile, Clooney directed...
g, which required therapy and rehabilitation in a scene that failed to even make the finished film. But his pain and suffering was well worth it when Clooney won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Clooney next reunited with Soderbergh for "The Good German" (2006), playing an American reporter sent to cover the final Allied summit meeting of World War II, secretly hoping to search for a lost love, but becoming tangled up in a murder mystery.
Then in a third go-round, Clooney hopped back onto the gravy train for "Ocean's 13" (2007). This time, the gang sought revenge on a ruthless Las Vegas casino owner (Al Pacino) whose double-crossing of Danny Ocean and company leads to his downfall. Clooney next starred in "Michael Clayton" (2007), playing a corporate fixer who takes care of all the dirty work for one of the biggest law firms in New York City. When the firm's top litigator (Tom Wilkinson) suffers from a nervous breakdown and threatens to sabotage a lucrative settlement suit, Clayton tries cleaning up the mess, only to come face-to-face with who he's really become. Meanwhile, Clooney directed his third film, "Leatherheads" (2008), a period sports comedy set in the 1920s world of professional football. While he was awaiting the release of that film, Clooney received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for "Michael Clayton." Unfortunately, "Leatherheads" tanked horribly, with the Clooney receiving some of the most brutal reviews of his career.
A turn as a slippery federal agent in The Coen Brothers' dark farce "Burn After Reading" (2008) marked one of the filmmakers' bigger commercial successes, and was well-suited to Clooney's penchant for both political-leaning material and social satire, though the film's dips into slapstick territory were a curious choice for an A-list cast. The prolific actor returned to theaters the following year alongside Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey in "The Men Who Stare at Goats" (2009), a comedy based on a little-known U.S. military program that once trained personnel to develop psychic abilities to be used during combat. In theaters almost simultaneously was Jason Reitman's adaptation of the novel "Up in the Air" (2009), starring Clooney as a traveling executive addicted to his peripatetic lifestyle but faced with the possibility of having to put down roots. Clooney also voiced the title character of Roald Dahl's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) in a stop-motion animated adaptation of the classic tale helmed by Wes Anderson and also starring the voice-over talent of Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Clooney closed out the year with a beautiful new girlfriend, Italian TV presenter, Elisabetta Canalis, on his arm, as well as nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes, and the Academy for Best Actor for "Up in the Air." Clooney followed his Oscar-nominated performance with "The American" (2010), a low-key art film directed by photographer Anton Corbijn that divided critics and failed at the box office.
The following year, Clooney returned to Oscar form with his performance in Alexander Payneâ¿¿s downbeat comedy-drama "The Descendants" (2011), in which he played a wealthy businessman whose wife (Pattie Hastie) goes into an coma, triggering a quest with his two rebellious daughters (Amara Miller and Shailene Woodley) to find the man with whom she had an affair. The movie was widely praised by critics, many of whom singled out Clooneyâ¿¿s exemplary performance, which was honored with a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture. Soon after his win, Clooney earned an Academy Award nomination in the same category. Meanwhile, he returned to the directorâ¿¿s chair with "The Ides of March" (2011), a political thriller about a hotshot campaign manager (Ryan Gosling) who finds himself deeply involved in a scandal that threatens to take down a promising presidential candidate (Clooney) before a primary in Ohio. While critics gave the film a warm reception, audiences were largely disinterested in a politically themed movie, resulting in a mediocre showing at the box office. Still, Clooneyâ¿¿s fourth film behind the camera proved that he was capable of consistently writing and directing quality films, proven in part by his shared Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Prior to the release of both movies, Clooney created a bit of stir earlier in 2011 when he announced his split from girlfriend Canalis, whom he began dating to much international interest in 2009. The pair released a statement in June of that year stating they were no longer together. Clooney moved on rather quickly to publicly dating actress and former pro wrestler Stacy Keibler less than two months later.
Clooney had an unusually quiet 2012, aside from his arrest for civil disobedience while protesting outside of Sudan's embassy about the ongoing Darfur conflict. The following year, just a few months before the premiere of "Gravity" (2013), his highly anticipated sci-fi collaboration with Sandra Bullock, it was revealed that Clooney had split from Keibler, returning him to official single-guy status once again. That did not last long, as Clooney married human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin on September 27, 2014, barely a year after they started dating. Following the worldwide critical and financial success of "Gravity," Clooney returned to the director's chair with "The Monuments Men" (2014), a fact-based story about art historians in World War II racing against time to recover priceless works of art looted by the Nazis. Unlike most of Clooney's other films as director, "The Monuments Men" received generally lukewarm reviews and was a box-office disappointment.therine Zeta-Jones) looking to get even after Miles defends her ex-husband and leaves her with nothing. Clooney's disarming performance was one of the film's few comic strengths. The actor then recruited Zeta-Jones to join his ensemble of actor friends for the inevitable sequel "Ocean's Twelve" (2004), which did tremendously well at the box office, but suffered in comparison to the group's initial effort. Set in Italy, the film was more like a home movie of the gang on an extended vacation than an actual film.
Clooney the director came to full fruition with his sophomore effort, "Good Night and Good Luck" (2005), an ambitious and adroitly executed profile of pioneer newscaster Edward R. Murrow (David Straithairn) and his effort to publicly expose the headline-grabbing, bully-pulpit tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his Communist witch hunt in the 1950s. Clooney, who grew up watching his broadcast journalist father in action, showed a great aptitude for the ethical journalistic issues at hand, co-writing the screenplay with his longtime friend and partner Grant Heslov; the duo took greater-than-average pains to insure the historical accuracy of the events dramatized. As director, Clooney made creative use of real news interviews with McCarthy in place of casting an actor in the part, displaying a measured hand and a stylish touch with the rich black and white footage. Clooney also took on a side role as Murrow's respected news producer and confidant Fred Friendly, a role that displayed the actor in his most assured and adult performance. Clooney earned his first award nominations as a director, earning nods at the Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
As an actor, Clooney signed onto writer-director Stephen Gaghan's multi-plot potboiler "Syriana" (2005), playing a career CIA operative who uncovers a disturbing truth about the politics of oil in the Persian Gulf before finding himself hung out to dry by his government when a mission goes awry. Clooney grew a scraggly beard and gained several extra pounds to play the role, while suffering a painful back injury on the final day of shootins w
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"I'm really white trash." --George Clooney to Entertainment Weekly, December 9, 1994 (He jokingly made the comment after replying that his idea of a great time was when he and cousin Miguel Ferrer and four other friends drove cross-country in a trailer.)
"I remember asking him, when he was only 5 or 6, what he wanted to be when he grew up. And his response was 'I wanna be famous.' We had no idea how serious he was." --Nick Clooney quoted in Us, April 1995
"He's handsome, but he also brings with him a certain damaged vulnerability. You look at him and see somebody who's lived a lot. You can read it in his face." --"ER" producer John Wells to Us, April 1995
"As an actor, I'm somewhat of a hack . . . I find myself stealing from the actors that I really like as opposed to coming up with interesting choices on my own." --Clooney quoted in Los Angeles Times Calendar, January 14, 1996
"Wait till you see him in black rubber." --"Batman & Robin" director Joel Schumacher quoted in People, May 6, 1996
"I choose to avoid talking about my family. You know, we're all a bit nuts." --Clooney in US, July 1997
"There's a period of time in your life when you get a crack at something, when you make your mark as a man. And as a man, that's it. That's when we set what we're going to be. I'd like to try to set that up now, to strike while the iron's hot. Because 10 years from now it may be 'I'd like George Clooney to block.'" --Clooney quoted in Los Angeles Times, September 7, 1997
"Probably the one thing I'm most proud of in my life is how hard I've worked at keeping everybody around. It can get tricky. Because when you start to get famous, people start to surround you and tell you how great you are; you get this whole crew of friends you don't know, and they're suddenly your best friends.
"But you have to keep the other people close, and that's work. So we talk to each other at some point every day. It's not like some sick, fucked-up thing. It's just like 'Hey, man, what's up?' It can be fucked-up if that's your obsession. But it's just friendship, the boys. What it is is the greatest support group ever. That's what it's about when it all comes crashing down." --Clooney quoted in GQ, October 1997
"The reason why you produce is because there will be a period of time in the not-too-distant future when people will be sick of seeing you. I'm sick of me already." --Clooney to New York Post, February 27, 2000
"'Batman [& Robin]' wasn't a very good movie and I'm not very good in it. But I got wealthy from it. They gave me three million bucks and I met with my accountant after it came out and I said, 'Where do I stand?' And he said, 'You never have to work again unless you're an idiot.'
"My house is paid off and it's beautiful--I've made it Shangri-la. I drive up my driveway and I laugh. I'm in a position right now where I can live off the interest for the rest of my life and live ridiculously well. So then it comes down to, What is your legacy going to be? What are you going to stand for when you get hit by a bus? You want to be able to say you made a couple of good movies." --Clooney quoted in Entertainment Weekly, October 8, 1999
On his clash with director David O Russell on the last day of shooting "Three Kings": "It was a big-pressure day and he was under the gun. We were trying to get a shot and then he went berserk. He went nuts on an extra. So I went over and I put my arm around him and I pulled him aside, away from everybody, which seemed fair. And I said, 'You can't do that . . .' And he basically said, 'F--- you! Worry about your acting!' And I said, 'Now you're being an a--hole!' And we started pushing against each other with our heads. So I got him by the throat. And I was yelling at him and he was screaming at me and we were at it . . . Will I work with David again? Absolutely not. Never. Do I think he's tremendously talented and do I think he should be nominated for Oscars? Yeah." --Clooney in Entertainment Weekly, October 8, 1999
Commenting on the above altercation: "It was kind of funny, to be honest, and it kind of kicked the set into a different gear where everybody was focused and we finished strong. I wouldn't mind if the director and star got into an argument on all my movies." --Clooney's co-star Ice Cube to Entertainment Weekly, October 8, 1999
"I thought he was going to be Don Rickles and he turned out to be Tyrone Power." --Rosemary Clooney
Clooney has a 150-pound Vietnamese potbellied pig named Max as a housemate.
Was beat out for the role of a sexy, thieving drifter in "Thelma and Louise" (1991), the role that made Brad Pitt famous
"The best advice I got from my aunt, the great singer Rosemary Clooney, and from my dad, who was a game show host and news anchor, was: don't wake up at seventy years old sighing over what you should have tried. Just do it, be willing to fail, and at least you gave it a shot. That's echoed for me all through the last few years."---Clooney quoted in ivillage.com
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