George Clooney

Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
After a decade spent toiling on series television, mostly in roles easily forgotten, actor George Clooney shot to stardom with his portrayal of charming but troubled pediatrician Doug Ross on the acclaimed medical ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1961 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (126)

Hail, Caesar! 2016 (Movie)

Baird Whitlock (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tomorrowland 2015 (Movie)

Frank Walker (Actor)

2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Grizzly II - The Predator 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Our Brand Is Crisis (Remake) 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Secrets of the Dead: JFK 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Late Show With David Letterman 2007 - 2008, 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

Frank Stokes (Actor)

Gravity 2013 (Movie)

Matt Kowalsky (Actor)

One PM Central Standard Time 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Inside the Actors Studio 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Person To Person 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock Center with Brian Williams 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Descendants 2011 (Movie)

Matt King (Actor)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

Governor Mike Morris (Actor)

Guys Choice 2010 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

His Way 2010 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

The American 2010 (Movie)

Jack/Edward (Actor)

ER 1991 - 2000, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Mr Fox (Actor)

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

Lyn Cassady (Actor)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

Ryan Bingham (Actor)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

Harry Pfarrer (Actor)

Julia Roberts: American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

Dodge Connolly (Actor)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Darfur Now 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

Michael Clayton (Actor)

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

Danny Ocean (Actor)

Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Good German 2006 (Movie)

Jake Geismer (Actor)

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

Fred Friendly (Actor)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Bob Barnes (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

John Ritter Remembered 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

Danny Ocean (Actor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Miles Massey (Actor)

Revealed With Jules Asner 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Devlin (Actor)

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

CIA Agent Jim Byrd (Actor)

Solaris 2002 (Movie)

Chris Kelvin (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (11/16/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

Jerzy (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 2001 (Movie)

Danny Ocean (Actor)

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

Devlin (Actor)

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Everett Ulysses McGill (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Billy 'Skip' Tyne (Actor)

Larry King Meets ER 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (Movie)

of Doctor Gouache (Voice)

The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Limey 1999 (Movie)

TV Interviewee (Actor)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

Major Archie Gates (Actor)

Bodies of Evidence 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full-Tilt Boogie 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

Jack Foley (Actor)

Paparazzi 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

Captain Bosche (Actor)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

Batman/Bruce Wayne (Actor)

Masters of Fantasy: Joel Schumacher 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

South Park 1997 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Peacemaker 1997 (Movie)

Thomas Devoe (Actor)

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 (Movie)

Seth Gecko (Actor)

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

Jack Taylor (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (11/17/95) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Breakthrough Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (1995) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Building 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Un-Becoming Age 1993 (Movie)

Mac (Actor)

Baby Talk 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Rewrite For Murder 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Girls 1985 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Roseanne 1988 - 1989, 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Surf 1990 (Movie)

Remar (Actor)

Hot Prospects 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Return of the Killer Tomatoes 1988 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1979 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bennett Brothers 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Horror High 1987 (Movie)

Oliver (Actor)

e/r 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Combat High (TV Show)

Actor

Sand and Sorrow (TV Show)

Actor

Sunset Beat (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (25)

Our Brand Is Crisis (Remake) 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

August: Osage County 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Argo 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

K Street 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 2000, 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Memphis Beat 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 2000, 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

The American 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Men Who Stare at Goats 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

PU-239 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Playground 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Michael Clayton 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wind Chill 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rumor Has It... 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Jacket 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Criminal 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Welcome to Collinwood 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rock Star 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tishomingo Blues (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (6)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Leatherheads 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Unscripted 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Ides of March 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

After a decade spent toiling on series television, mostly in roles easily forgotten, actor George Clooney shot to stardom with his portrayal of charming but troubled pediatrician Doug Ross on the acclaimed medical series "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Thanks to his newfound celebrity, Clooney made the jump to films while still on the series, quickly establishing himself as a major Hollywood player with leading roles in "From Dusk Till Dawn" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "Out of Sight" (1998). When he left the confines of the small screen for big-screen pastures, Clooney transcended mere stardom to become one of the most prominent actors of his era, emulating the devil-may-care nonchalance of a Cary Grant or Clark Gable, while at the same time becoming an Academy Award-winning performer, risk-taking director, and socially-conscious activist. While raking at the box office as the breezy Danny Ocean in "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) and its two sequels, Clooney forged ahead on a directing career with "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). But it was his sophomore effort behind the camera, "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), that catapulted the star into the realm of top-ranking filmmakers, thanks to a number of Academy Award nominations. Meanwhile, his Oscar-winning performance as a disillusioned CIA agent in "Syriana" (2005), a jaded executive in "Up in the Air" (2009), and a widowed father in "The Descendants" (2011) helped put to rest any residual notions that Clooney was just a famously devout bachelor out to have a good time. As he matured as both an actor and an individual (including a high-profile 2014 marriage to British-Lebanese human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin), George Clooney became one of modern Hollywood's most old-school stars.

Relationships

Amal Alamuddin

Wife
First seen as a couple October 2013. Engagement reported March 24, 2014. Married in Venice, Italy.

Krista Allen Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated during filming of "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002) After a brief split, couple began dating each other again in 2003 Couple split March 2004

Celine Balitran

Companion
Met at the trendy Paris nightclub Barfly where she worked as a waitress when he was filming "The Peacemaker" (1997) Dated from 1996-99

Talia Balsam Actor

Wife
Met when they appeared together in a play in 1984 Married in Las Vegas, NV on Dec. 15, 1989 Divorced September 1993

Maria Bertrand Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 2002 No longer together

Elisabetta Canalis Actor

Companion
Began dating in the summer of 2009 Reportedly split in June 2011

Rosemary Clooney Actor

Aunt
Born May 23, 1928; appeared on two episodes during the first season of NBC's "ER" as an Alzheimer's patient prone to belting out songs; formerly married to actor Jose Ferrer with whom she had five children Died on June 29, 2002 of lung cancer

Nina Clooney

Mother
Met husband Nick Clooney when she was crowned first runner up at Miss Kentucky pageant and he was emcee

Nick Clooney Actor

Father
Born Jan. 13, 1935

Denise Crosby Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Miguel Ferrer Actor

Cousin
Born Feb. 7, 1955; son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney

Traylor Howard Actor

Companion
Reportedly dated in 2000 No longer together

Stacy Keibler Actor

Companion
Began dating in August 2011

Brooke Langton Actor

Companion
Reportedly had a brief affair in 1999 No longer together

Sarah Larson Actor

Companion
Began dating in 2007 Involved in motorcycle accident with Clooney on Sept. 21, 2007; both suffered broken bones Split in May 2008

Dedee Pfeiffer Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Kelly Preston Actor

Companion
Lived together c. 1987-89; co-adopted Max, a Vietnamese black-bristled potbellied pig No longer together

Kimberly Russell Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 1995 No longer together

Jennifer Siebel Actor

Companion
Dated in 2002 No longer together

Lisa Snowdon Actor

Companion
Dated in 2001 and again in 2004, while he was filming "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) No longer together

Ada Zeidler

Sister
Born c. 1959 Married with two children

Renee Zellweger Actor

Companion
Rumored to have dated in 2001; both claim they were only friends Co-starred in "Leatherheads" (2008)

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Milton Katselas

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights , Kentucky 1979 - 1981
Studied broadcasting and theater before dropping out

Augusta Independent High School

Augusta , Kentucky
Played center on the basketball team

Milestones

2011

Starred as the father of two who learns his comatose wife had cheated on him in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants"

2011

Wrote, directed, produced and starred in the political drama "The Ides of March"

2010

Starred as an assassin who hides out in Italy for one last assignment in the drama thriller "The American"; also produced

2009

Voiced the title role in Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation adaptation of the Roald Dahl book, "Fantastic Mr. Fox"

2009

Directed by Grant Heslov in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"; also co-produced

2009

Played an isolated man who travels around the country to terminate corporate employees in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air"

2008

Directed and co-starred with Renée Zellweger in the 1920s-era football comedy "Leatherheads"

2008

Joined an ensemble cast for the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading"

2007

Played the title role in "Michael Clayton," written and directed by Tony Gilroy; also co-produced

2007

Reprised role of Danny Ocean for "Ocean's 13"

2006

Co-starred with Cate Blanchett in "The Good German," about an American journalist trying to solve a murder mystery in post-war Berlin; directed by Steven Soderbergh

2006

Formed Smoke House production company with Grant Heslov and signed a three-year first-look production and development deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Television

2005

Directed, co-wrote and portrayed producer Fred Friendly in "Goodnight, and Good Luck," the 1950s-era drama about legendary TV newsman Edward R. Murrow

2005

Produced and starred in "Syriana," a geopolitical thriller based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer

2004

Returned with the original cast for "Ocean's Twelve," directed by Soderbergh

2002

Feature directorial debut, "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"; also had supporting role

2002

Had small but memorable role as a crippled crook in "Welcome to Collinwood," a farcical comedy screened at Cannes

2002

Starred in the sci-fi thriller feature "Solaris," directed by Soderbergh

2002

Cast as a divorce attorney in the Coen brothers' feature "Intolerable Cruelty"

2001

With Soderbergh, served as producer of Marc Rocco's "The Jacket"

2001

Reteamed with Soderbergh for remake of "Ocean's Eleven"; made through production company Section Eight

2000

With Wahlberg, co-starred in the film version of Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm"

2000

Co-starred in the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

2000

Executive produced and acted in the live, two-hour broadcast of "Fail Safe" (CBS), adapted from the Cold War novel by Harvey Wheeler and Eugene Burdick; directed by Stephen Frears; project reteamed him with "ER" co-star Noah Wyle

1999

Teamed with Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg in David O Russell's critically-acclaimed "Three Kings"

1999

Wrote and executive produced the HBO comedy series pilot "Kilroy"

1999

Contributed the voice of Dr. Gouache to the feature "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"

1998

Signed separate two-year development deals with CBS and Warner Bros.

1998

Played an escaped prisoner in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"

1997

Provided the voice of Sparky the dog on an episode of the Comedy Central animated series "South Park"

1997

Portrayed Batman/Bruce Wayne in "Batman & Robin," the fourth installment in the series; directed by Joel Schumacher

1996

Played romantic lead opposite Michelle Pfeiffer in "One Fine Day"

1996

Formed Maysville Pictures (formerly Left Bank Productions), named for the Kentucky town in which he grew up

1996

Co-starred with Quentin Tarantino in the vampire horror flick "From Dusk Till Dawn"

1994

Cast as pediatrician Dr. Doug Ross on the hit NBC medical drama "ER"; reprised role for one episode in the final season (2009)

1993

Played Falconer, a married policeman who becomes involved with Teddy Reed (Sela Ward) on "Sisters" (NBC)

1991

Declined Quentin Tarantino's request to read for a role in "Reservoir Dogs"

1991

Appeared on the ABC sitcom "Baby Talk"; quit in frustration over "creative differences" with the producers

1990

Cast in the short-lived detective series "Sunset Beat" (ABC); show cancelled after three episodes

1988

Had starring role in the horror spoof "The Return of the Killer Tomatoes"

1988

Played the recurring role of Booker, the male chauvinist boss on the first season of "Roseanne" (ABC)

1987

Played role of Tom Bennett in failed NBC comedy pilot "Bennett Brothers"

1987

Feature acting debut in the unreleased "Grizzly II – The Concert"

1987

Played a drug dealer in the play "Vicious" at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago

1986

TV-movie debut, "Combat High" (NBC)

1985

Had a recurring role as carpenter George Burnett on the "The Facts of Life" (NBC)

1984

Debut as TV series regular on the CBS sitcom "E/R" playing a young orderly named Ace

1982

Appeared as an extra in "... And They're Off," a film starring his cousin Miguel Ferrer

1982

Moved to Los Angeles at age 21; lived with his aunt Rosemary Clooney, working as her handyman and chauffeur

1977

Tried out for Cincinnati Reds baseball team at age 16

1975

Suffered for a year with Bell's palsy

1974

Served as a floor manager on his father's locally produced TV show

Beginning at age five, assisted on father's local Cincinnati talk show "The Nick Clooney Show"

Raised in rural Kentucky and Ohio

Received first professional job, a stereo commercial, by appearing at the audition with a six-pack

Worked cutting tobacco to earn enough money to buy a car in order to drive cross-county

With Soderbergh, formed Section Eight, a production company

Bonus Trivia

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On July 2010, Clooney became embroiled in a multimillion-dollar fraud trial in Milan, Italy. Three men were accused of creating the GC Exclusive by George Clooney clothing line, and using falsified documents and photographs to mislead suppliers into thinking the line had the actor's backing

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"I didn't live my life the right way for politics, you know. I f*ck*d too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that's the truth," Clooney told Newsweek (Feb. 20, 2011) magazine in a cover story about his humanitarian work in Sudan.

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"I don't Tweet, I don't go on Facebook. I think there's too much information about all of us out there. I'm liking the idea of privacy more and more. There will be funny things, like I'll read something I've said about a woman somewhere. And I haven't spoken about my relationships in 15 years." – Clooney on social networking, Parade magazine, September 2011

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"People forget that I was married. I love that, 'Will he get married?' I don't talk about it because I don't think about it. I don't ever question other peoples' versions of how they live their lives or what they do." – Clooney quoted in Esquire, January 2012

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On March 16, 2012, Clooney and his father Nick were arrested in Washington, D.C. during a protest over the escalating crisis in the Sudan. Clooney was leading the protest in front of the Sudanese embassy when he was taken away by secret service agents.

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On April 27, 2012, Clooney and his "Ocean's Eleven" co-star Julia Roberts filed a joint lawsuit against Digital Projection, Inc. and Beyond Audio for allegedly using their names and images to promote their products.

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"I remember asking him, when he was only 5 or 6, what he wanted to be when he grew up. And his response was 'I wanna be famous.' We had no idea how serious he was." – Nick Clooney on George, quoted in Us, April 1995

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"He's handsome, but he also brings with him a certain damaged vulnerability. You look at him and see somebody who's lived a lot. You can read it in his face." – producer John Wells on Clooney, quoted in Us, April 1995

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"As an actor, I'm somewhat of a hack. I find myself stealing from the actors that I really like as opposed to coming up with interesting choices on my own." – Clooney quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 14, 1996

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"I choose to avoid talking about my family. You know, we're all a bit nuts." – Clooney in Us, July 1997

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"There's a period of time in your life when you get a crack at something, when you make your mark as a man. And as a man, that's it. That's when we set what we're going to be. I'd like to try to set that up now, to strike while the iron's hot. Because 10 years from now it may be 'I'd like George Clooney to block.'" – Clooney quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 7, 1997

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"Probably the one thing I'm most proud of in my life is how hard I've worked at keeping everybody around. It can get tricky. Because when you start to get famous, people start to surround you and tell you how great you are; you get this whole crew of friends you don't know, and they're suddenly your best friends."But you have to keep the other people close, and that's work. So we talk to each other at some point every day. It's not like some sick, f***ed-up thing. It's just like 'Hey, man, what's up?' It can be f***ed-up if that's your obsession. But it's just friendship, the boys. What it is, is the greatest support group ever. That's what it's about when it all comes crashing down." – Clooney quoted in GQ, October 1997

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"The reason why you produce is because there will be a period of time in the not-too-distant future when people will be sick of seeing you. I'm sick of me already." – Clooney to the New York Post, Feb. 27, 2000

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"'Batman [& Robin]' wasn't a very good movie and I'm not very good in it. But I got wealthy from it. They gave me three million bucks and I met with my accountant after it came out and I said, 'Where do I stand?' And he said, 'You never have to work again unless you're an idiot.'"My house is paid off and it's beautiful, I've made it Shangri-la. I drive up my driveway and I laugh. I'm in a position right now where I can live off the interest for the rest of my life and live ridiculously well. So then it comes down to, What is your legacy going to be? What are you going to stand for when you get hit by a bus? You want to be able to say you made a couple of good movies." – Clooney quoted in EW, Oct. 8, 1999

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"It was a big-pressure day and he was under the gun. We were trying to get a shot and then he went berserk. He went nuts on an extra. So I went over and I put my arm around him and I pulled him aside, away from everybody, which seemed fair. And I said, 'You can't do that.' And he basically said, 'F*** you! Worry about your acting!' And I said, 'Now you're being an a**hole!' And we started pushing against each other with our heads. So I got him by the throat. And I was yelling at him and he was screaming at me and we were at it. Will I work with David again? Absolutely not. Never. Do I think he's tremendously talented and do I think he should be nominated for Oscars? Yeah." – Clooney on his clash with "Three Kings" director David O. Russell during the last day of shooting, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 8, 1999

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Clooney famously had a 150-pound Vietnamese potbellied pig named Max as a housemate.

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Clooney was beat out for the role of a sexy, thieving drifter in "Thelma and Louise" (1991), the role that made Brad Pitt famous.

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"The best advice I got from my aunt, the great singer Rosemary Clooney, and from my dad, who was a game show host and news anchor, was: 'Don't wake up at seventy years old sighing over what you should have tried. Just do it, be willing to fail, and at least you gave it a shot.' That's echoed for me all through the last few years." – Clooney quoted in ivillage.com

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"I want to say I did it when it wasn't very easy. If it costs you a career, credibility and all those things, that means you did it on your own volition and you have to live with that. I'm OK with that. I'd rather be able to point back and say, 'At this exact moment in history when it was kind of tricky to do this, these are the stories I told.'" – Clooney on how he wants to leverage his fame and power as a box office commodity while he still can, from The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 18, 2005

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George Clooney was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" (2006) for the second time, the first was in 1997. His close friend and co-star Brad Pitt is the only other celebrity who has twice been named People magazine's "sexiest man."

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"Everybody says this, but sense of humor is No. 1 for me. It's certainly what's most attractive. It's not the first thing you notice at 21, but it's the first thing you notice now. You also have to have a sense of humor about my life. It certainly has had an effect on relationships, but I would bet less of an effect than my own issues or insecurities. You can't really blame outside forces for things not working out. You have to take some responsibility." – Clooney on what he finds attractive, from People, Nov. 15, 2006

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"I'm trying to put myself into a position where I can be creative for as long as I can." – Clooney to Esquire, December 2006

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