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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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After a decade spent toiling on series television, mostly in roles easily forgotten, actor George Clooney shot to stardom with his portrayal of the charming but troubled pediatrician Doug Ross on the acclaimed medical series, "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Thanks to his newfound celebrity, Clooney made the jump to films while still on the series, quickly establishing himself as a major Hollywood player with leading roles in "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "Out of Sight" (1998). When he left the confines of the small screen for big-screen pastures, Clooney transcended mere stardom to become one of the most prominent actors of his era, emulating the devil-may-care nonchalance of a Cary Grant or Clark Gable, while at the same time becoming an Academy Award-winning performer, risk-taking director, and socially-conscious activist. While raking at the box office as the breezy Danny Ocean in "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) and its two sequels, Clooney forged ahead on a directing career with "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). But it was his sophomore effort behind the camera, "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), that catapulted the star into the realm of top-ranking filmmakers, thanks to...

After a decade spent toiling on series television, mostly in roles easily forgotten, actor George Clooney shot to stardom with his portrayal of the charming but troubled pediatrician Doug Ross on the acclaimed medical series, "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Thanks to his newfound celebrity, Clooney made the jump to films while still on the series, quickly establishing himself as a major Hollywood player with leading roles in "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "Out of Sight" (1998). When he left the confines of the small screen for big-screen pastures, Clooney transcended mere stardom to become one of the most prominent actors of his era, emulating the devil-may-care nonchalance of a Cary Grant or Clark Gable, while at the same time becoming an Academy Award-winning performer, risk-taking director, and socially-conscious activist. While raking at the box office as the breezy Danny Ocean in "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) and its two sequels, Clooney forged ahead on a directing career with "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). But it was his sophomore effort behind the camera, "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), that catapulted the star into the realm of top-ranking filmmakers, thanks to a number of Academy Award nominations. Meanwhile, his Oscar-winning performance as a disillusioned CIA agent in "Syriana" (2005), a jaded executive in "Up in the Air" (2009), and a widowed father in "The Descendants" (2011) helped put to rest any residual notions that Clooney was just a famously devout bachelor out to have a good time and make simple popcorn movies.

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 Tomorrowland (2015)
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 Hail Caesar (2015)
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 His Way (2011)
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 Descendants, The (2011)
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 American, The (2010)
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 Up in the Air (2009)
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Raised in rural Kentucky and Ohio
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Beginning at age five, assisted on father's local Cincinnati talk show "The Nick Clooney Show"
1974:
Served as a floor manager on his father's locally produced TV show
1975:
Suffered for a year with Bell's palsy
1977:
Tried out for Cincinnati Reds baseball team at age 16
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Worked cutting tobacco to earn enough money to buy a car in order to drive cross-county
1982:
Moved to Los Angeles at age 21; lived with his aunt Rosemary Clooney, working as her handyman and chauffeur
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Received first professional job, a stereo commercial, by appearing at the audition with a six-pack
1982:
Appeared as an extra in "... And They're Off," a film starring his cousin Miguel Ferrer
1984:
Debut as TV series regular on the CBS sitcom "E/R" playing a young orderly named Ace
1985:
Had a recurring role as carpenter George Burnett on the "The Facts of Life" (NBC)
1986:
TV-movie debut, "Combat High" (NBC)
1987:
Played role of Tom Bennett in failed NBC comedy pilot "Bennett Brothers"
1987:
Feature acting debut in the unreleased "Grizzly II ¿ The Concert"
1987:
Played a drug dealer in the play "Vicious" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago
1988:
Had starring role in the horror spoof "The Return of the Killer Tomatoes"
1988:
Played the recurring role of Booker, the male chauvinist boss on the first season of "Roseanne" (ABC)
1990:
Cast in the short-lived detective series "Sunset Beat" (ABC); show cancelled after three episodes
1991:
Appeared on the ABC sitcom "Baby Talk"; quit in frustration over "creative differences" with the producers
1991:
Declined Quentin Tarantino's request to read for a role in "Reservoir Dogs"
1993:
Played Falconer, a married policeman who becomes involved with Teddy Reed (Sela Ward) on "Sisters" (NBC)
1994:
Cast as pediatrician Dr. Doug Ross on the hit NBC medical drama "ER"; reprised role for one episode in the final season (2009)
1996:
Formed Maysville Pictures (formerly Left Bank Productions), named for the Kentucky town in which he grew up
1996:
Co-starred with Quentin Tarantino in the vampire horror flick "From Dusk Till Dawn"
1996:
Played romantic lead opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in "One Fine Day"
1997:
Portrayed Batman/Bruce Wayne in "Batman & Robin," the fourth installment in the series; directed by Joel Schumacher
1997:
Provided the voice of Sparky the dog on an episode of the Comedy Central animated series "South Park"
1998:
Played an escaped prisoner in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"
1998:
Signed separate two-year development deals with CBS and Warner Bros.
1999:
Wrote and executive produced the HBO comedy series pilot "Kilroy"
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With Soderbergh, formed Section Eight, a production company
1999:
Teamed with Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg in David O Russell's critically-acclaimed "Three Kings"
1999:
Contributed the voice of Dr. Gouache to the feature "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"
2000:
Executive produced and acted in the live, two-hour broadcast of "Fail Safe" (CBS), adapted from the Cold War novel by Harvey Wheeler and Eugene Burdick; directed by Stephen Frears; project reteamed him with "ER" co-star Noah Wyle
2000:
With Wahlberg, co-starred in the film version of Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm"
2000:
Co-starred in the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
2001:
Reteamed with Soderbergh for remake of "Ocean's Eleven"; made through production company Section Eight
2001:
With Soderbergh, served as producer of Marc Rocco's "The Jacket"
2002:
Feature directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"; also had supporting role
2002:
Cast as a divorce attorney in the Coen brothers' feature "Intolerable Cruelty"
2002:
Had small but memorable role as a crippled crook in "Welcome to Collinwood," a farcical comedy screened at Cannes
2002:
Starred in the sci-fi thriller feature "Solaris," directed by Soderbergh
2004:
Returned with the original cast for "Ocean's Twelve," directed by Soderbergh
2005:
Directed, co-wrote and portrayed producer Fred Friendly in "Goodnight, and Good Luck," the 1950s-era drama about legendary TV newsman Edward R. Murrow
2005:
Produced and starred in "Syriana," a geopolitical thriller based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer
2006:
Formed Smoke House production company with Grant Heslov and signed a three-year first-look production and development deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Television
2006:
Co-starred with Cate Blanchett in "The Good German," about an American journalist trying to solve a murder mystery in post-war Berlin; directed by Steven Soderbergh
2007:
Reprised role of Danny Ocean for "Ocean's 13"
2007:
Played the title role in "Michael Clayton," written and directed by Tony Gilroy; also co-produced
2008:
Directed and co-starred with Renée Zellweger in the 1920s-era football comedy "Leatherheads"
2008:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading"
2009:
Directed by Grant Heslov in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"; also co-produced
2009:
Voiced the title role in Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
2009:
Played an isolated man who travels around the country to terminate corporate employees in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air"
2010:
Starred as an assassin who hides out in Italy for one last assignment in the drama thriller "The American"; also produced
2011:
Wrote, directed, produced and starred in the political drama "The Ides of March"
2011:
Starred as the father of two who learns his comatose wife had cheated on him in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants"
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Education

Augusta Independent High School: Augusta , Kentucky -
Northern Kentucky University: Highland Heights , Kentucky - 1979 - 1981

Notes

"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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wife:
Talia Balsam. Actor. Met when they appeared together in a play in 1984; dated and broke up; remet and married in Las Vegas in 1989; divorced c. 1992; daughter of actors Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten.
companion:
Kelly Preston. Actor. Together from 1987-89; later married actor John Travolta.
companion:
Denise Crosby. Actor.
companion:
DeDee Pfeiffer. Actor.
companion:
Kimberly Russell. Actor, model. Together briefly in mid-1995.
companion:
Celine Balitran. Model, teacher's assistant. Born c. 1973; French; former law student; dated from 1996 to 1999; met at the trendy Paris nightclub Barfly where she was waitressing while he was filming "The Peacemaker" (1997).
companion:
Brooke Langton. Actor. Reportedly dating as of fall 1999.
companion:
Lisa Snowden. Model. Dated in 2001, rumored to have rekindled their romance while Clooney was filming "Oceans Twelve in europe 2004.
companion:
Renee Zellweger. Actor. Reportedly dated in fall 2001.
companion:
Maria Bertrand. Waitress. Canadian; born c. 1974; reportedly dating as of spring 2002.
companion:
Jennifer Siebel. Actress, producer. Dated as of August 2002.
companion:
Krista Allen. Actress. Reportedly dated during filming of "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"; rumored to be dating as of Fall 2003; as of March 2004 they are no longer together .
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Nick Clooney. TV host, newscaster.
mother:
Nina Bruce Clooney. Met husband when she was crowned first runner up at Miss Kentucky pageant and he was emcee.
aunt:
Rosemary Clooney. Singer, actor. Appeared on two episodes during the first season of NBC's "ER" as an Alzheimer's patient prone to belting out songs; formerly married to actor Jose Ferrer with whom she had five children; died on June 29, 2002 of lung cancer.
sister:
Ada Zeidler. Born c. 1959; married with two children.
cousin:
Miguel Ferrer. Actor. Born on February 7, 1955; son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney.
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