Born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky, George Clooney is an award-winning American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He was educated at the Blessed Sacrament School in his hometown, and spent some time in Ohio. There, he studied at St. Michael’s School in Columbus and Western Row and St. Susanna schools in Mason. He developed an interest in theater, and went on to become the lead in several school plays at Augusta High School. He attended the Northern Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati, but did not graduate from either.
George Clooney first starred in a number of television shows before landing the role of Ace in the series E/R. He also played a handyman, George Burnett, in a 1985 sitcom, The Facts of Life. Clooney was also given a small role in the series, The Golden Girls and was eventually cast in a larger, supporting role in Roseanne. He also appeared in Baby Talk in 1991 and in 19 episodes of Sisters in 1994. That year, he also became a regular in the series ER, but left the cast eventually to pursue a Hollywood movie career.
Clooney’s first major film role was in 1996’s From Dusk Till Dawn. He also garnered success in One Fine Day with Michele Pfeiffer, as well as The Peacemaker with Nicole Kidman. In 1997, he was cast as Batman in Batman & Robin, and the next year starred with Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight. The films marked his early collaborations with the director Steven Soderbergh. His other Hollywood successes came in 2000, when he was cast in The Perfect Storm and as Everett in O Brother, Where Art Thou? He teamed up with Soderbergh once again to film the blockbuster hit Ocean’s Eleven, a remake of the Rat Pack film. Clooney gained more success upon playing the lead in the movie, and returned for its sequels, Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007. His directorial debut was on the film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. It wasn’t a box office success, but it was praised by critics and audiences. Clooney also starred in 2005’s Syriana, and produced, directed and starred in Good Night, and Good Luck. He was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for his work. He also appeared in another Soderbergh film, The Good German, in 2006. That year, he started Smokehouse Pictures, a production company, with his friend Grant Heslov, who he met prior to his ER fame.