George Clooney Biography

George Clooney Biography
George Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor probably best-known for his ongoing role in the long-running television drama ER. He's also appeared in a number of movies such as One Fine Day, Out of Sight, From Dusk till Dawn, Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, O Brother, Where Art Thou and Ocean's Eleven and made guest appearances on various sitcoms such as Roseanne and Friends.


He is the nephew of the famous actress and singer Rosemary Clooney, and cousin of actor, Miguel Ferrer and Gabe Ferrer, who is married to Debby Boone.

George Clooney got his start in Los Angeles, a young college dropout from Kentucky who spent most of his "struggling actor" years riding to auditions on a bicycle. During this time, he also befriended another actor named Grant Heslov, a close friend and frequent collaborator with Clooney who co-wrote Good Night, and Good Luck.. Heslov is also the president of Section 8 Entertainment, Clooney's and director Steven Soderbergh's production company. In a bit of trivia, Clooney said in an interview that he was driving an RV through the country with Heslov, who was getting over a broken engagement. Clooney said he got a phone call from his agent telling him that NBC just picked up E/R for a full season when Clooney said "I think I just got my career."

His first major role was in a television medical comedy/drama, E/R. He played a handyman on the series The Facts of Life. But he first gained attention in his semi-regular supporting role in the sitcom Roseanne, playing Roseanne Barr's overbearing boss. He has also appeared in a number of movies such as Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), One Fine Day (1996), Batman & Robin (1997), Out of Sight (1998), Three Kings (1999), The Perfect Storm (2000), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Ocean's Eleven (2001), Welcome to Collinwood (2002), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), and Ocean's Twelve (2004), along with guest appearances on sitcoms such as Roseanne and Friends. He made his debut as a film director in the 2002 feature Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, an adaptation of the implausible autobiography of groundbreaking TV producer Chuck Barris.

Many speculated he'd follow the same career path as David Caruso who infamously left N.Y.P.D. Blue at the height of its success for a failed screen career, when Clooney made the decision to leave ER. As a stipulation in a new contract, Clooney would return to the series in an occasional guest spot, which he only had to do once when his film career ignited, most famously with The Perfect Storm (2000).

On July 8, 2005, news reports said that George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon will be working with Cindy Crawford's husband Rande Gerber to design and build a new casino hotel in Las Vegas just off the Las Vegas Strip. Mr. Gerber is the one behind Green Valley Ranch resort and spa's Whiskey Sky, so he is already familiar with the Las Vegas entertainment market. Pitt has some design experience, having worked with Frank Gehry on a project in England. On August 29, 2005, Clooney officially announced his involvement with the Las Ramblas Resort project.

In 1995, Clooney received a tape version of The Spirit of Christmas, the video greeting card which would inspire South Park. Clooney thought it was so funny that he made copies and sent it around the LA area. Matt Stone and Trey Parker were so thankful for his help that they invited him to play a role in the show, and he ended up voicing Stan Marsh's gay dog Sparky in the episode Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride, a role with no dialogue except normal dog noises. He later appeared in the film South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Despite this history, show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone lampooned Clooney for his outspoken political views in their feature film Team America: World Police.

On January 16, 2006, Clooney's performance in Syriana earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.

George Clooney Biography

He has battled a bad back which had caused him to cancel some promotional appearances, and made it impossible to find insurance cover to make a film. For this reason, he has put up his house for collateral and continues his professional career.

In 2005, George Clooney played Bob Barnes, a character loosely based on former CIA agent Robert Baer, in the movie Syriana (based somewhat on Baer's memoirs of being an agent in the Middle East). During the filming of a scene in which Barnes is tortured, Clooney was tied to a chair, and the chair was accidentally kicked over. Clooney hit his head on the concrete floor, tearing his dura mater. His doctors dismissed his complaints until his nose began leaking cerebrospinal fluid, and he has since undergone multiple operations to correct this.

Film List

  • Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney are the Gecko brothers in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). Salma Hayek's character can been seen behind them.Grizzly II: The Predator (1987) (unreleased)
  • Return to Horror High (1987)
  • Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)
  • Red Surf (1990)
  • Unbecoming Age (1992)
  • The Harvest (1993)
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
  • Curdled (1996)
  • One Fine Day (1996)
  • Batman & Robin (1997)
  • Full Tilt Boogie (1997) (documentary)
  • The Peacemaker (1997)
  • Waiting for Woody (1998) (short subject)
  • Out of Sight (1998)
  • The Thin Red Line (1998)
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) (voice)
  • The Book That Wrote Itself (1999) (Cameo)
  • Three Kings (1999)
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
  • The Perfect Storm (2000)
  • Spy Kids (2001)
  • Ocean's Eleven (2001)
  • Starbuck Holger Meins (2002) (documentary)
  • Welcome to Collinwood (2002) (also executive producer and producer)
  • Solaris (2002)
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) (also director)
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)
  • Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
  • Ocean's Twelve (2004) (also executive producer)
  • Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) (also director and co-writer)
  • Syriana (2005) (also producer)
  • The Good German (2006) (currently announced start of production)
  • The Winter Hill Gang (2006) (currently announced start of production)
  • Michael Clayton (2006) (currently announced start of production) (also producer)

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