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George Timothy Clooney Edit Profile

also known as Gorgeous George

actor , director , Producer , screenwriter

George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. Clooney is also noted for his political activism and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 31, 2008.

Background

Ethnicity: Clooney's ancestry includes Irish, German, English, and more distant Scottish and Dutch roots. His patrilineal line traces back to Nicholas Clooney (of County Kilkenny) and Bridget Byron, his great-great-grandparents, who emigrated to the United States from Ireland. His maternal four times great-grandmother, Mary Ann Sparrow, was the half-sister of Nancy Hanks (Nancy Hanks was the mother of President Abraham Lincoln).

Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1961. His mother, Nina Bruce (née Warren, 1939–), is a former beauty pageant queen. His father, Nick Clooney, is a former anchorman, as well as a game show and American Movie Classics host. Clooney has an older sister, Adelia (commonly known as Ada); his cousins include actors Miguel and Rafael Ferrer, who are the sons of his aunt, singer Rosemary Clooney, and actor José Ferrer. He is also related to another singer, Debby Boone, who married his cousin Gabriel Ferrer (son of José Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney).

Education

Clooney was raised a strict Roman Catholic.He began his education at the Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Spending part of his childhood in Ohio, he attended St. Michael's School in Columbus, then between 1968 and 1974 Western Row Elementary School (a public school) in Mason, Ohio and St. Susanna School in Mason, where he also served as an altar boy, before the Clooneys moved to Kentucky when George was midway through the seventh grade. “George and his sister were always very conscious of social issues, and his parents were strong influences on the person he is today,” said John Romer, who served as a St. Susanna altar boy alongside George. “George would strongly defend his positions and argue logically and passionately . . . But George was never combative. He was the person you wanted to be with and laugh with.”

In middle school, Clooney developed Bell's palsy, a debilitating condition that partially paralyzes the face. The malady went away within a year. "That was the worst time of my life," he told the Daily Mirror in 2003. "You know how cruel kids can be. I was mocked and taunted, but the experience made me stronger."

After his parents moved to Augusta, Kentucky, Clooney attended Augusta High School. He has stated that he earned all As and a B in school, and was an enthusiastic baseball and basketball player. He tried out to play professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds organization in 1977, but was not offered a contract. He did not pass the first round of player cuts.

He attended Northern Kentucky University from 1979 to 1981, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and very briefly attended the University of Cincinnati, but did not graduate from either. He had odd jobs such as selling men's suits and cutting tobacco.

Career

Clooney made his acting debut on television in 1978, and later gained wide recognition in his role as Dr. Douglas "Doug" Ross on the long-running medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. While working on ER, he began attracting a variety of leading roles in films, including Batman & Robin (1997) and Out of Sight (1998), in which he first worked with long-term collaborator Steven Soderbergh. In 1999 Clooney took the lead role in Three Kings, a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War. In 2001, Clooney's fame widened with the release of his biggest commercial success, Ocean's Eleven, the first of a profitable film trilogy, a remake of the 1960 film which starred members of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean. He made his directorial debut a year later with the 2002 biographical thriller Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and has since directed Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Leatherheads (2008), and The Ides of March (2011). He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Middle East thriller Syriana (2005) and subsequently gained Best Actor nominations for such films as Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009) and The Descendants (2011). In 2013, he received the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing the film Argo, alongside Ben Affleck and Grant Heslov.

Filmography

Actor: (TV series) E/R, 1984—85, The Facts of Life, 1985—86, Roseanne, 1988—89, Sunset Beat, 1990, Baby Talk, 1991, Bodies of Evidence, 1992—93, Sisters, 1993—94, ER, 1994—99; (films) Grizzly II: The Predator, 1987, Return to Horror High, 1987, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, 1988, Red Surf, 1990, Unbecoming Age, 1992, One Fine Day, 1996, From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996, Batman & Robin, 1997, The Peacemaker, 1997, The Thin Red Line, 1998, Out of Sight, 1998, Three Kings, 1999, (voice) South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, 1999, O Brother, Where Art Thou, 2000 (Golden Globe award for Best Peformance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, 2001), The Perfect Storm, 2000, Ocean's Eleven, 2001, Spy Kids, 2001, Solaris, 2002, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, 2003, Intolerable Cruelty, 2003, Ocean's Thirteen, 2007, Burn After Reading, 2008, The Men Who Stare at Goats, 2009, (voice) Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2009, Up in the Air, 2009 (Best Actor award, National Board Review, 2009, Best Actor New York Film Critics Cir., 2009), The American, 2010; (TV films) Combat High, 1986, Bennett Brothers, 1987, Knights of the Kitchen Table, 1990, Rewrite for Murder, 1991, Without Warning: Terror in the Towers, 1993; actor, director (films) Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 2002, Leatherheads, 2008, actor, director, writer Good Night and Good Luck, 2005 (named best film National Board Rev., 2005, George Selvin award, Writer Guild Am, 2006), actor, executive producer Ocean's Twelve, 2004, Syriana, 2005 (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, (Golden Globe award), 2006, Academy award for Best Supporting Actor, Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, 2006), Michael Clayton, 2007 (Best Actor award, National Board Review, 2007), (TV films) Fail Safe, 2000; actor: (TV appearances) Riptide, 1984, Street Hawk, 1985, Crazy Like A Fox, 1985, Hotel, 1986, Throb, 1986, Hunter, 1987, Murder, She Wrote, 1987, The Golden Girls, 1987, The Building, 1993, (voice only) South Park, 1997, Murphy Brown, 1998; producer, writer (films) Kilroy, 1999; executive prodr.: (films) Rock Star, 2001, Insomnia, 2002, Welcome to Colinwood, 2002, Far From Heaven, 2002, The Jacket, 2005; prodr.: Criminal, 2004; executive prodr.: (TV series) K Street, 2003; dir.: Unscripted, 2005

Achievements

  • He is the only person to ever be nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories.

  • In 2005, television Guide ranked Clooney #1 on its "50 Sexiest Stars of All Time" lists.

  • Clooney's humanitarian work includes his advocacy of finding a resolution for the Darfur conflict, raising funds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2004 Tsunami, and 9/11 victims, and creating documentaries such as Sand and Sorrow to raise awareness about international crises. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards—one for acting and the other for producing.

  • Often featured in People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue, Clooney's marital status and availability are a running joke among female fans who still fantasize they have a chance to bring him to the altar. Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas has a "Marrying George Clooney" photo-op, in which museum visitors can put on a wedding gown and stand next to a wax statue of the actor in a tuxedo.

Politics

Clooney supported Barack Obama's campaign in the 2008 presidential election and in the 2012 presidential election. He is a supporter of gay rights.

Interests

  • Writers

    Leo Tolstoy novel War and Peace

  • Sport & Clubs

    baseball, basketball

  • Music & Bands

    Dinah Washington «Destnation Moon»

Connections

father:
Nick - journalist

mother:
Nina - model

sister:
Adelia

Wife (1989- 1993):
Talia Balsam - Actress
Talia Balsam - Wife (1989- 1993) of George Clooney

Clooney was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 until they divorced in 1993. In 2007, he said that he will never marry again. After meeting British model Lisa Snowdon on the set of a martini advertisement in 2000, he had a five-year on-again, off-again relationship with her. In June 2007, he started dating reality personality Sarah Larson, but the couple broke up in May 2008. In July 2009, Clooney was in a relationship with Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis until they split in June 2011. In July 2011, Clooney started dating former WWE Diva Stacy Keibler, and they ended their relationship in July 2013. Clooney has also dated actresses Kelly Preston (1987–1989), Renée Zellweger (2001) and Krista Allen (2002–2008) as well as French reality TV personality Céline Balitran (1996–1999).

cousin:
Rosemary Clooney

cousin:
Rafael Ferrer

aunt:
Rosemary Clooney