George Clooney

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George Clooney

Born

5/6/1961, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Birth Name

George Clooney

Gender

Male
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9.2
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Biography

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As the nephew of the late singer Rosemary Clooney, and the son of a TV newscaster, you might think George Clooney had a leg up in showbiz. However, it's George's powers of suave dapperness that have made him a big movie star.

In 1994 George landed the role…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • George has been nominated for the 2010 Oscar for best actor for his movie Up in the Air.

    • The charity event Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief spearheaded by George Clooney with the support of many of Hollywood's A-listers, featured two hours of musical performances and appeals taised more than $60 million. The money raised will be split among Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, United Nations World Food Programme, Yéle Haiti Foundation, and the Clinton-Bush Haiti Foundation.

    • George has been nominated for many awards for his portrayal of Dr. Doug Ross on ER; in 1995 and 1996 he was nominated for an Emmy Award in the "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" category; in 1996, 1997, and 1998 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama"; in 1999 he was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award in the "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama" category; in 1996 and 1997 he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series"; and from 1995 through 1999 he and the rest of the E.R. cast received a SAG Award nomination for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series," winning the category in 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999.

    • George has been nominated for six Oscars, and won twice. In 2006, George was nominated 3 times, including 2 nominations for Good Night and Good Luck. The two categories were Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay, The same year he won for Best Actor in a Supporting Role playing Bob Barnes on Syriana. In 2008, George was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing Michael Clayton on Michael Clayton. In 2013, George won another Academy Award for Best Picture in his work on Argo.

    • A portrait of George made out of 10,000 jelly beans was donated to a charity of George's choice in 2008.

    • During November of 2007, it was reported that George got into a shoving match with Italian model, Fabio at an L.A restaurant over suspicions one of Fabio's friends was taking pictures of George and his then-girlfriend Sarah Larsen.

    • On June 6th 2007, George left his hand and feet prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

    • A group of young children on school holidays set up a lemonade stand near the set of George's 2007 movie, Leatherheads. Carter Fontaine, aged ten, six-year-old Chandler and five-year-old Chase were selling glasses of lemonade for 25 cents. George came over and posed for pictures with the children's mother, Courtney, and her friends so she gave him the lemonade for free. But the star insisted on paying and later sent a $US20 dollar bill and refused to accept any change. A sign read "George Clooney was here" was later displayed next to the trio's stall.

    • George laughed off the claims made by former Roseanne co-star, Roseanne Barr, that they once got so intoxicated together, that he allowed her to take a picture of his genitals. Roseanne claims to have a picture of George wearing a pair of Grouch Marx glasses of his genitalia, he insists that she is twisting the truth.

    • George donated his bag of Oscar goodies to an auction to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, citing that he has no need for the expensive gifts. The gift, which include a Tahitian Pearl necklace and a Kay Unger Kimono were auctioned for the United Way Hurricane Response & Relief Recovery Fund.

    • George traveled with fellow actor Don Cheadle to China and Egypt, to speak with leaders and urge them to use their ties to the Sudanese Government, to help stop the violence. The pair went to Cairo to raise awareness about the killings in Darfur, and make a call for peace. George was awarded the "Messenger of Peace" award by the United Nations in January 2008 for his outstanding humanitarian efforts in bringing attention to the crisis in Darfur.

    • George has appeared in television commercials for: Martini, AT&T, AquaFina, and Fiat. He has also appeared in the 'Bree Sharp' music video for David Duchovny, in 1999. While starring in E.R, he also appeared in one of NBC's public service announcements, The More You Know. His topic was child abuse.

    • George and longtime production partner Steven Soderbergh decided to close their 'Section Eight' production company after a six year run, in August 2006.

    • George was selected to take the lead role in Jack Frost, but backed out to star in 1997's Batman and Robin. Michael Keaton stepped in to fill the lead in Jack Frost. George also turned down the role of Sgt. John McLoughlin in the Oliver Stone movie in 2006.

    • George wanted to take on the role of Jack in 2004's Sideways. The director, Alexander Payne felt that he was too big a star, and chose to cast lessor known actor Thomas Haden Church. George also auditioned for the role of 'Mr. Blonde' in Quentin Tarantino's hit thriller Reservoir Dogs, but was turned down.

    • George suffered a terrible accident during the filming of Syriana, causing spinal fluid to leak into his brain, severe back pain, headaches, and memory loss. After several spine surgeries, he fully recovered.

    • George heads his own film and television production company, called 'Maysville Pictures'.

    • George agreed to be in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? before he read the script. All of his singing parts were dubbed.

    • George shared a Los Angeles home with Kelly Preston, when the two were both struggling actors. She gave George a Pot-Bellied Pig as a pet. He named him 'Max' and kept him as his companion for eighteen years, until the pig passed away on December 1, 2006. It was a hard year for George and his pets, his Bulldog also passed away that year.

    • George slept in a friend's closet for a year while waiting for his big break into the acting world. Hestarted acting in 1982 when his cousin, Miguel Ferrer got him a bit part in a feature film. He then moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in acting.

    • George won a 2006 Golden Globe award for the Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his role in Syriana.

    • George's E.R character, Dr. Doug Ross, was named number 95 in Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters.

    • George donated $1 million to the United Way for hurricane relief.

    • George's notes his "perfect" woman from OK! magazine would include Nicole Kidman's laughter, Julia Roberts' personality, Michelle Pfeiffer's "quintessence of beauty", and Jennifer Lopez's ambition.

    • George loves beer. He has done voice overs for Budweiser TV commercials and reportedly had a keg of Guinness installed in his dressing room during filming of Ocean's 11.

    • George loves the show South Park so much that he called Trey Parker, the creator of the series, and asked for a part in an episode. He was given the role of "Sparky", the gay dog.

    • George's appearances on various lists include:
      1997
      - Chosen as one of People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive of 1997'

      2006
      - Voted '#1 Dream Date' on the Match.com website
      - Voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine
      - Listed in the #9 position in the annual Harris Poll of 'America's Top Ten Favourite Movie Stars'

      2007
      - Ranked #17 on Entertainment Tonight's 'Hot List of 2007'
      - Listed at #40 in Forbes magazine's 'Celebrity 100 of 2007'
      - Named 'Most Eligible Bachelor' by the website Forbes.com
      - Chosen as one of People Magazine's annual '100 Most Beautiful People in the World'

    • George appears in ZZ Top's She's Just Killin' Me music video along with actress Salma Hayek. The song is on the soundtrack of From Dusk Till Dawn.

    • George is a big fan of the Dallas Mavericks. He also loves to play basketball and was on the 1979 Augusta, Kentucky Basketball Team. George also once tried out for a position with the Cincinnati Reds.

    • George is only one of two men to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine (the other being Richard Gere). He was also on the cover for the premiere of Men's Vogue in 2005.

    • George was the best man at the wedding of fellow actor and friend, Richard Kind.

    • George's famous heritage includes his father, Nick Clooney, who was a television broadcaster, and two famous singer/actor aunts, Rosemary Clooney and Betty Clooney. He is also the cousin of actor Miguel Ferrer.

    • George's salary for some of his movie roles include: Intolerable Cruelty: $15,000,000; Ocean's 11: $20,000,000; The Perfect Storm: $8,000,000; O Brother Where Art Thou?: $1,000,000; Three Kings: $5,000,000; Out of Sight: $10,000,000; The Peacemaker: $3,000,000; Batman & Robin: $10,000,000; One Fine Day: $3,000,000; From Dusk Till Dawn: $250,000.

    • George was the sixth actor to play Batman.

    • George frequently stars in movies that revolve around some type of robbery: Out of Sight; From Dusk Till Dawn; Three Kings; O Brother Where Art Thou?; Ocean's 11; and Welcome to Collinwood.

    • George's famed "Roman haircut" was actually an accident. While filming From Dusk Till Dawn, he wanted to make his character Seth Gecko look really crazy with a chopped off hairstyle, but the haircut became popular and turned into a positive.

    • George once said he would never get married again, nor have any children, but Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman bet $10,000 each that he would be a father before he turns 40. As it turned out, they both lost the bet.

  • Quotes

    • George: Rich, famous people getting free shit looks bad. And I don't need a cellphone with sparkles on it.

    • George: Directing is really exciting. In the end, it's more fun to be the painter than the paint.

    • George: I love children and I get along with them great. It's just that I believe if you're going to be a parent, there has to be something inside you that says, 'I want a family.' I don't feel that sense of urgency.

    • George: I bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing As Time Goes By as some girl's leaning on it drinking a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out. I can't even play Chopsticks. But I've got a nice piano at my house!

    • George: Any time I think I'm smart, I'm not. There's a great movie, Out of the Past, where Robert Mitchum says, "I never found out much listening to myself." So what I'm learning more every year is to listen to other people.

    • George: I just found out about 10 days ago that I must live 300 or 400 yards from Britney Spears... so now I have to move.

    • George: There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on.

    • George: I was in a bar and I said to a friend, 'You know, we've become those 40-year-old guys we used to look at and say, 'Isn't it sad?'.

    • George: I'm a Method actor. I spent years training for the drinking and carousing I had to do in this film.

    • George: I'm certainly the last person to give advice on, well, anything.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great actor. More then a pretty face.

    9.5
    Funny. Handsome.
  • Clooney Crazy.

    5.0
    I just don't like him - and I don't care who agrees or disagrees. I hated him the moment I laid eyes on him. I'm not going to deny that he's great actor and has done quite impressive work but I just don't like him. He holds no appeal to me and I would hesitate to watch a movie in which he is headlined as the main star. I think it has alot to do with him ruining Batman for me - He starred as Batman in one of the first batman films I'd even seen growing up and I hate him for it...Batman wasn't cool when Clooney played him. Michael Keaton HELL even Val Kilmer did a better job.moreless
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