George Clooney, one of America’s famous actors and director was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, because of the nature of his father’s work, George Clooney and his older sister, Ada, moved several times to various locations throughout Kentucky and Ohio with their parents. He attended Northern Kentucky University, where he studied broadcast journalism.
But Clooney didn’t last long at college. Clooney made his first television appearance at 5 years old, playing sketch characters on the local talk shows his dad hosted.
In middle school, however, Clooney struggled with his talent for expression when he developed Bell’s palsy, which causes partial facial paralysis which he recovered from.
In 1992, he starred in the short-lived series Bodies of Evidence, playing a detective. On the drama Sisters, he played another detective and the love interest for Sela Ward’s character.
Clooney had his breakthrough when he was cast as Dr. Doug Ross on the award-winning drama series ER (1994), opposite Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle, and Julianna Margulies.While filming “ER”, Clooney starred in a number of high profile film roles, such as Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and One Fine Day (1996), opposite Michelle Pfeiffer.
In 1997, Clooney took on the role of Batman in Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin (1997). The film was a moderate success in the box office, but was slammed by critics, notably for the nipple-laden Bat suit.
In 2001, Clooney starred in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven directed by Steven Soderbergh. He played Danny Ocean, a role originated by famed crooner Frank Sinatra.
The comedic heist film featured an all-star cast, which included Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac, and Matt Damon. Clooney’s next starring role was in the 2009 dramatic comedy, Up in the Air, which earned him rave reviews.
In the film, Clooney played Ryan Bingham, a consultant who specializes in firing employees. For The Ides of March in 2011, Clooney proved to be a triple-threat, serving as the project’s star, director, and co-writer.
Clooney was married to actress Talia Balsam, from 1989 until 1993. After their divorce, he swore he would never marry again. 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.
Clooney returned the funds and bet double of nothing he wouldn’t have children by the age of 50. At 43, he was voted sexiest male celebrity in a ‘Naughty Forties’ poll conducted for UK television station FX.
He and his father, Nick Clooney, were arrested, on March 16, 2012, for participating in a staged protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Clooney won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Picture and the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Argo.
He is the only person in Academy Award history to be nominated for Oscars in six different categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.