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George Clooney



As the son of broadcast journalist Nick Clooney and the nephew of chanteuse Rosemary Clooney, George Clooney entered the world with show business coursing through his veins. Born May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky, the future E.R. headliner appeared at the tender age of five on his father's Cincinnati talk program, The Nick Clooney Show. In his youth, Clooney honed a sharp interest in sports - particularly baseball - but by adulthood, Clooney launched himself as an onscreen presence, seemingly without effort. Beginning with a string of television commercials, then signed with Warner Brothers Entertainment as a supporting player. By the time Clooney had paid his dues, he'd appeared in single episodes of The Golden Girls, Riptide, Crazy Like a Fox, Street Hawk and Hunter.



After regular gigs on TV shows like The Facts of Life, Roseanne, and Sisters, Clooney scored a role on the NBC medical drama E.R., which proved his breakthrough to superstardom. When that program shot up to #1 in prime time ratings, Clooney carried it (much more, in fact, than a first-billed Anthony Edwards) - his inborn appeal to women and his onscreen grace and charm massive contributing factors. This appeal increased as his character - initially something of a callous womanizer - matured with the show, eventually evolving into a kind and thoroughly decent, if somewhat hotheaded, human being.



The performer's newfound star power led to big screen opportunities, like an acid-mouthed, rifle-wielding antihero (one of the Gecko Brothers, alongside Quentin Tarantino) in the Robert Rodriguez-directed, Tarantino-scripted horror comedy From Dusk Till Dawn (1995). Not long after, Clooney shifted gears altogether, co-headlining (with Michelle Pfeiffer) in the charming romcom One Fine Day (1996). Though he would notoriously misstep in accepting the role of Bruce Wayne in the 1997 attempted Batman reboot Batman & Robin, Clooney's honesty about the part being a bad fit was refreshing to audiences, and he took little flack for the movie, moving on to critically acclaimed movies like the action-laced crime comedy Out of Sight, and Terrence Malick's adaptation of The Thin Red Line. Out of Sight represented a massive watershed moment for Clooney: the first of his numerous collaborations with director Steven Soderbergh.

In 1999 -- following his much-talked-about departure from E.R. - Clooney continued to work on a number of high-profile projects. He would star alongside Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube as an American soldier reclaiming Kuwaiti treasure from Saddam Hussein in David O. Russell's Three Kings, and eventually win a 2000 Golden Globe for his portrayal of a pomade-obsessed escaped convict in the Coen brothers' Odyssey update O Brother Where Art Thou?. It was around this time that Clooney, now an established actor equally as comfortable on the big screen as the small, began to branch out as the Executive Producer of such made-for-TV efforts as Killroy (1999) and Fail Safe (2000). Soon producing such features as Rock Star (2001) and Insomnia (2002), Clooney next re-teamed with Soderbergh for a modern take on a classic Rat Pack comedy with Ocean's Eleven (2001). After the dynamic film duo stuck together for yet another remake, the deep-space psychological science-fiction drama Solaris (2002), busy Clooney both produced and appeared in Welcome to Collinwood and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind later the same year.



Confessions marked Clooney's behind-the-camera debut, and one of the most promising actor-turned-director outings in memory. Adapted by Charlie Kaufman from Gong Show host Chuck Barris's possibly fictionalized memoir, the picture exhibited Clooney's triple fascinations with politics, media and celebrity; critics did not respond to it with unanimous enthusiasm, but it did show Clooney's promise as a director. He went on to star alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Coen Brothers movie Intolerable Cruelty. The small

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ocean's Eight
  • Producer
2018
85% Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You
  • Actor
2016
85% Hail, Caesar!
  • Baird Whitlock
2016
78% A Very Murray Christmas
  • Actor
2015
35% Our Brand is Crisis
  • Producer
2015
50% Tomorrowland
  • Frank
2015
No Score Yet The Yankee Commandante
  • Director
  • Producer
2015
30% The Monuments Men
  • Frank Stokes
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
64% August: Osage County
  • Producer
2013
50% One Pm Central Standard Time
  • Himself/Narrator
2013
96% Gravity
  • Matt Kowalski
2013
96% Argo
  • Producer
2012
No Score Yet George Clooney's Irish Roots
  • Actor
2012
89% The Descendants
  • Matt King
2011
84% The Ides of March
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Governor Mike Morris
  • Producer
2011
66% The American
  • Producer
  • Jack/Edward
2010
91% Up in the Air
  • Ryan Bingham
2009
92% Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Mr. Fox
2009
52% The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Producer
  • Lyn Cassady
2009
79% The Informant!
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Playground
  • Executive Producer
2009
78% Burn After Reading
  • Harry Pfarrer
2008
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
  • Actor
2008
53% Leatherheads
  • Dodge Connolly
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Sand and Sorrow
  • Narrator
  • Executive Producer
2007
73% Darfur Now
  • Actor
2007
90% Michael Clayton
  • Michael Clayton
  • Executive Producer
2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Danny Ocean
  • Executive Producer
2007
48% Wind Chill
  • Executive Producer
2007
32% The Good German
  • Producer
  • Jake Geismer
2007
No Score Yet Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film
  • Actor
2006
69% A Scanner Darkly
  • Executive Producer
2006
No Score Yet Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters
  • Actor
2006
57% PU-239
  • Executive Producer
2006
20% Rumor Has It
  • Executive Producer
2005
72% Syriana
  • Executive Producer
  • Bob Barnes
2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck
  • Fred Friendly
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2005
44% The Jacket
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Tim Janis - Coastal America
  • Actor
2005
56% Ocean's Twelve
  • Danny Ocean
2004
69% Criminal
  • Producer
2004
75% Intolerable Cruelty
  • Miles Massey
2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Jim Byrd
  • Director
2003
46% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • Devlin
2003
87% Far From Heaven
  • Executive Producer
2003
No Score Yet Tim Janis' Beautiful America
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Hollywood Greeting: Valentine's Day
  • Actor
2003
66% Solaris
  • Chris Kelvin
2002
54% Welcome to Collinwood
  • Producer
  • Jerzy
2002
92% Insomnia
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
82% Ocean's Eleven
  • Danny Ocean
2001
52% Rock Star
  • Executive Producer
2001
93% Spy Kids
  • Devlin
2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Ulysses Everett McGill
2000
47% The Perfect Storm
  • Billy Tyne
2000
100% Fail Safe
  • Col. Jack Grady
  • Executive Producer
2000
94% Three Kings
  • Archie
1999
81% South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
  • Dr. Gouache
1999
78% The Thin Red Line
  • Capt. Charles Bosche
1998
93% Out of Sight
  • Jack Foley
1998
41% The Peacemaker
  • Thomas Devoe
1997
88% Full Tilt Boogie
  • Actor
1997
11% Batman & Robin
  • Batman/Bruce Wayne
1997
47% One Fine Day
  • Jack Taylor
1996
64% From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Seth Gecko
1996
No Score Yet The Harvest
  • Lip Syncing Transvestite
1993
No Score Yet Without Warning: Terror in the Towers
  • Kevin Shea
1993
No Score Yet Un-Becoming Age
  • Mac
1992
No Score Yet Red Surf
  • Remar
1990
No Score Yet ER
  • Douglas Ross
1990
0% Return of the Killer Tomatoes!
  • Matt Stevens
1988
No Score Yet Return to Horror High
  • Oliver
1987
No Score Yet Combat High
  • Biff Woods
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet A Path Appears
2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Secrets of the Dead
2000
  • Narrator
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Guest
  • Dr. Doug Ross Douglas Ross
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
50% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Person to Person
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • Actor
The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • George George Burnett
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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