George Clooney

George Clooney – Rise To Fame

This post is about an award-winning American actor and filmmaker, George Clooney.

Highlights:

  • Born in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, on May 6, 1961
  • An alumnus of Northern Kentucky University, US
  • Co-founder of Smokehouse Pictures and Casamigos Tequila
  • Been divorced once and currently married to Amal Alamuddin since 2014 (Two children)
  • More than 120 award nominations, of which he won 67

Read on as we explore the personal life and career of George Clooney, with details of how he became a filmmaker.

Who Is George Clooney?

George Timothy Clooney is well-known as an actor, screenwriter, director, and producer in the American film industry, Hollywood. He has won over 65 awards, including Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

He is one of the co-founders of Smokehouse Pictures, a film and TV production company headquartered in Burbank, California, US. George also founded a tequila company, Casamigos Tequila, with Mike Meldman and Rande Gerber.

Personal Life (Early/recent)

George grew up as a strict Roman Catholic, even though he once said that he was unaware whether he believed in the religion.

His father, Nick Clooney, is an American journalist, TV host, and anchorman, while his mother, Nina Bruce, was a city councilwoman and beauty queen. His aunt, Rosemary Clooney, was a singer and actress until her demise on June 29, 2002.

He attended the Blessed Sacrament School in Kentucky and St. Michael’s School in Worthington, Ohio, US. Afterward, he enrolled in the Western Row Elementary School in Mason, Ohio, and then in St. Susanna School, Mason.

While in middle school, he developed Bell’s palsy, which paralyzed half of his face. However, the medical condition lasted for only a year.

When his parents relocated to Augusta, Kentucky, he had to change school to Augusta High School.

Fast forward to 1979, he earned his first degree at Northern Kentucky University, majoring in broadcast journalism.

He is also an ex-student of the University of Cincinnati, OH, USA, even though his studies only lasted a while.

He had his first marriage in 1989 to Talia Balsam, an actress. However, their union didn’t last long; they divorced in 1993. He married Amal Alamuddin ​in 2014, who is a prominent human rights lawyer. They have two kids: Alexander and Ella Clooney.

George and Amal Clooney

Career – How Did George Clooney Become Famous?

Before George eventually became an actor, he tried out several opportunities. These include an attempt to play professional baseball in 1977 but didn’t win a contract.

He also worked on construction sites, sold women’s shoes, stocked shelves, advertised insurance policies door-to-door, cut tobacco, and did other types of menial jobs.

George began his acting career by playing the role of Dr. Doug Ross in the ER aired on the NBC channel. He took the role from 1994 to 1999, earning award nominations for two Primetime Emmys.

He then started to take lead roles in films. The first film he directed was Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, produced in 2002.

Filmography

Here is a list of films produced by George Clooney:

  • The American (2010)
  • Argo (2012)
  • August: Osage County (2013)
  • The Ides of March (2011)
  • The Jacket (2005)
  • Leatherheads (2008)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
  • The Midnight Sky (2020)
  • Money Monster (2016)
  • The Monuments Men (2014)
  • Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)
  • Suburbicon (2017)
  • The Tender Bar (2021)
  • Wolves (yet to be released)

Awards Won by George Clooney

George has won 67 prestigious awards and has over 120 nominations. Some of his awards are as follows:

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  • 1995 – Best Film Lead Actor (Saturn Awards)
  • 1996 – Best Breakthrough Performance (MTV Movie & TV Awards)
  • 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 – Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series (Screen Actors Guild Awards)
  • 1997 – Best Actor (Fangoria Chainsaw Award)
  • 2005 – Best Original Screenplay (Motion Picture) (Satellite Awards)
  • 2006 – Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (Golden Globe Awards)
  • 2006 – Best Supporting Actor (Academy Awards, aka Oscars)
  • 2006 – The Most Valuable Film of the Year (Cinema for Peace)
  • 2007 – Favorite On Screen Match-Up (People’s Choice Award)
  • 2009 – NYFCC Award for Best Actor, COFCA Award for Best Actor, and COFCA Award for Actor of the Year
  • 2013 – Best Film (British Academy Film Awards)

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