May. 6th, 1961
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
George Clooney's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
Born in Lexington, Kentucky, as son of Nick Clooney, a TV newscaster of many years, who hosted a talk show at Cincinnati and often invited George into the studios already at the age of 5. Avoiding competition with his father, he quit his job as broadcast journalist after a short time.
Studied a few years at Northern Kentucky University. Failed to join the Cincinnati Reds baseball team. He came to acting when his cousin, Miguel Ferrer, got him a small part in a feature film. After that, he moved to L.A. in 1982 and tried a whole year to get a role while he slept in a friend's closet. His first movie, together with Charlie Sheen, stayed unreleased but got him the producers' attention for later contracts.
- Shared an L.A. home with 'Kelly Preston' (qv) when both were struggling actors.
- Was a pallbearer at the funeral of his late aunt, 'Rosemary Clooney' (qv).
- Personal stunt doubles are stunt men 'Brad Martin (I)' (qv), 'Troy Hartman' (qv) and James E. Mitchell.
- Tried out for a position on the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.
- Frequently involves himself in projects involving the "Golden Age" of television. For example, he produced and starred in _Fail Safe (2000) (TV)_, a throwback to the live television plays of the 1950s and 1960s; he directed and appeared in _Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)_ (qv), about 'Chuck Barris' (qv)'s' career in early game shows; and he directed, wrote, and appeared in _Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)_ (qv), about 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv)'s battle with Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv).
- He and his _Ocean's Eleven (2001)_ (qv) and _Ocean's Twelve (2004)_ (qv) co-stars, 'Julia Roberts (I)' (qv), 'Brad Pitt' (qv) and 'Elliott Gould' (qv), and 'Bruce Willis' (qv) who did a cameo in Ocean's Twelve as himself, all have guest-starred on the TV show _"Friends" (1994)_ (qv), though not in the same episodes.
- Turned down two roles which went to 'Kevin Kline (I)' (qv): "Artemus Gordon" in _Wild Wild West (1999)_ (qv) and "Guy Noir" in _A Prairie Home Companion (2006)_ (qv).
- Broke up with girlfriend 'Krista Allen' (qv) (2004).