What is there to say about George Clooney that hasn’t already been said?
With over 60 plus movies in his repertoire as either an actor, director, writer or producer, along with more than 25 television shows that he starred in; George is one of the quintessential actors of his generation.
Just like a good bottle of wine, George has continued to improve with age. On and off the screen he is still quite the “looker” and someone who makes women swoon. From playing the charming Dr. Doug Ross on ER to the sophisticated Danny Ocean in Oceans Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, he says, “When I first started out in television, I took any job that came along. It was, ‘Let’s just get a job, any job’. I fought to get ER and when I got it, my life changed. Then, when I started doing movies, the same thing happened. At first, I did anything that I could get. In TV, I learned to focus on the script, but I didn’t apply that lesson to movies. But the cliché is true: You can take a good script and make a bad movie. But you can’t take a bad script and make a good movie.”
Born and raised in Kentucky and Ohio, George Timothy Clooney played basketball and baseball, and even tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, but was not offered a contract. After his cousin, NCIS LA actor Miguel Ferrer, helped him get a small part in a feature film, George began to pursue acting. His first major role was small part on the sitcom ER in 1984 as Ace, an orderly and the rest is history. More roles soon followed as he played George Burnett, the handsome handyman on The Facts of Life and Booker Brooks, a supervisor on Roseanne. However, his big breakthrough came when he was cast as Dr. Doug Ross on the award-winning drama series, ER in 1994. While filming ER, George also starred in a number of high profile film roles, such as From Dusk Till Dawn, and One Fine Day. In 1997, he took on the legendary role of Batman in Batman & Robin and went on to star in Out of Sight, The Thin Red Line, and Three Kings.
Following his departure from ER, he appeared in a number of films, including O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Perfect Storm, and Ocean’s Eleven. Ocean’s Eleven received critical acclaim, earned more than $450 million at the box office, and spawned two sequels: Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
Clooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind which was the first film under the banner of Section Eight Productions, a production company. George states, “Directing is really exciting. In the end, it’s more fun to be the painter than the paint.”
The company also produced many acclaimed films, including Far from Heaven, Syriana, and Good Night, and Good Luck. George won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana and was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck. In 2006, Section Eight was shut down and George founded a new production company, Smokehouse Productions.
George went on to produce and star in Michael Clayton, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, directed and starred in Leatherheads, and took leading roles in Burn After Reading, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and Up in the Air. He was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe and Academy Award for his performance in Up in the Air. “I was watching ‘Up In The Air’ and I thought, ‘Jesus, who’s the old gray-haired guy?’ And it was me. I never wear makeup for movies and now it’s starting to show,” he laughs. He didn’t win that year, but took home both Best Actor awards, as well as countless nominations, for his role in The Descendants.
Serving as one of the “United Nations Messengers of Peace” since 2008, George has been heralded for his political activism and humanitarian work over the years. He calls himself a liberal and wonders why society has turned on liberals and states, “I’m a liberal. I’m confused when that became a bad word…the liberal movement morally, you know, has stood on the right side of an awful lot of issues.” Additionally, he has been an advocate for the Darfur conflict, and organized the “Hope for Haiti” telethon raising money for the victims of the 2010 earthquake.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman bet him $10,000 that he would have children by the age of 40, and sent him a check shortly after his birthday. However, George returned the funds and bet double or nothing he wouldn’t have children by the age of 50. Shortly thereafter he met human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love,” the formerly infamous bachelor said. “Even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life.” At age 53, he broke his vows to never marry again when they wed. When talking about his marriage, George says, “I have someone who I can talk to about anything and someone who I care more about than I’ve cared about anybody, so it’s really nice.”
In the recently released, Money Monster, George plays financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, Julia Roberts, are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio. As for his next project, George is directing and producing his black comedy Suburbicon, expected to begin shooting this October, which stars Matt Damon and Julianne Moore. The movie will be set in the quiet family town of “Suburbicon,” where the best and worst of humanity are hilariously reflected through the deeds of seemingly ordinary people. When a home invasion turns deadly, a picture-perfect family turns to blackmail, revenge and betrayal.
As George embraces life as a happily married man, he states, “You don’t want to try to look younger, because you’ll look wrong. You dye your hair, you look wrong. You wear a bad toupee, you look wrong. You wear makeup to hide things, you get your eyes done, and you look wrong.” With so much class and style, along with laugh lines that crinkle when he smiles, the original grey fox says, “We’re enjoying more time in the UK and having a lot of fun. We’re working on fixing up a house in England that we’ll be spending a lot of time in just outside of London and we have been travelling the world.”