George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer. The son of Cincinnati broadcast journalist Nick Clooneynote and nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney, George's acting career got off to a slow start, but he hit the bigtime when he was cast as Dr. Doug Ross on ER, which earned him Golden Globe and Emmy nominations and propelled him to stardom. He left the show midway through Season 5 (relatively early on in its fifteen-year run, so much so that many of Clooney's younger fans don't know he was ever on it) to pursue a film career full-time.
This had gotten off to a rather poor start with the infamously bad Batman & Robin, in which he was Batman; legend has it that Clooney will refund the ticket price of anyone who approaches him and says they saw the film. However, he quickly became a regular with The Coen Brothers, appearing in such films of theirs as O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading and Hail, Caesar!. He likewise formed a partnership with Steven Soderbergh, which led to both some major blockbusters in the Ocean's Eleven series (probably the film role that best sums up Clooney's screen persona), and some smaller serious dramas, such as Solaris. As if this wasn't enough, he moved into directing and screenwriting, earning Oscar nominations in both categories for Good Night, and Good Luck. in 2005; that same year he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Syriana. Three nominations for the Best Actor Oscar followed, for Michael Clayton in 2007, Up in the Air in 2009, and The Descendants in 2011; that same year he earned a second writing Oscar nomination for The Ides of March, all the while using his spy satellites to build a case against Sudanese war criminals. In 2012, he won his second Oscar for co-producing Ben Affleck's Argo, which won Best Picture.
On- and off-screen, George Clooney is recognized as a major sex symbol, and was for a long time one of Hollywood's most famous bachelors. In 2014 he married Amal Alamuddin, a human rights lawyer. In June 2017, she gave birth to twins Ella and Alexander. He is frequently cited as one of the world's sexiest men, and is compared to Cary Grant in his Old Hollywood style. Also known for his very vocal liberalism and his more general humanitarian work. The latter has led to him being dubbed the "class president" of Hollywood. He has so far avoided any major scandals and appears to be a genuinely normal, down-to-earth, and of course inconceivably handsome man. Women want him; men want to be him; men want him too. What a guy...
He is the cousin of the late Miguel Ferrer.
Tropes found in his works:
- Badass Baritone: Well known for his deep, distinctive voice and he puts it to good use in his roles.
- The Charmer: He has this role down to a science to the point where you can argue he's typecast as this.
- Idiot Hero: Joel and Ethan Coen have famously directed Clooney in the so-called Idiot Trilogy, where he plays characters that he himself describes as idiots.
- Old Shame: He'd rather you not bring up Batman and Robin, even though he treats it as a cautionary tale on not taking a role only for the money.
- Production Posse: He has worked four times with Joel and Ethan Coen, who have directed him on the aforementioned Idiot Trilogy.
- Silver Fox: One of the most prominent examples in Hollywood. It even becomes a running gag in some of his films. Due to his graying relatively early some of his characters fret about looking older than they are.
- Star-Derailing Role: He has openly said that Batman & Robin nearly ended his film career before it even began. Fortunately he rebounded with a number of successful hits including The Perfect Storm and Ocean's Eleven that established his viability as a film star.
- Those Two Actors: With longtime friend Brad Pitt. Together they've starred in the Ocean's trilogy and Burn After Reading.