George Clooney Biography

George Clooney

 

Name: George Clooney
Profession: Actor, Producer, Director
Birth Date: May 6, 1961
Height: 5' 11"

George Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Ky.  His parents are Nina Bruce, a former pageant winner, and Nick, a broadcast journalist.  He has an older sister, Adelia (better known as Ada), and is the nephew of Rosemary Clooney.

Clooney began his career at the age of five when he appeared on his father’s Cincinnati talk program "The Nick Clooney Show."  He began school in Kentucky and then spent part of his childhood in Ohio.  After his parents moved to Augusta, Ky., he developed an interest in acting.  He was the lead in several school plays at Augusta High School.  Clooney was a good student and loved sports.  He especially enjoyed basketball and baseball.  In 1977, he tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, but did not make the cut.  He later attended Northern Kentucky University from 1979 to1981.

Eventually, Clooney moved to Los Angeles and lived with his aunt.  He supported himself with a string of television commercials and as a supporting player for Warner Brothers Entertainment.  He landed roles on both sitcoms and dramas.  He appeared on "Golden Girls," "The Facts of Life," "Roseanne" and "Sisters."  His major break came when he landed a leading role on the NBC drama "ER" The program became the number one show in prime time, leading to his immediate fame and several film rolls.

Clooney began directing in 2002 with the film "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," a movie based on the life of game-show host Chuck Barris.  Clooney won an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in the 2005 film "Syriana." He also earned Oscar nominations the following year for "Good Night, and Good Luck," a film in which he acted, directed and co-wrote.

In 2006, Clooney and his father traveled to Darfur and filmed the documentary "A Journey to Darfur."  It aired on cable television and the U.N. later appointed him as an U.N. messenger of peace in 2008.

A well-known bachelor, Clooney was married to actress Talia Balsam from 1989 until 1993.