George Clooney. biography
George Clooney was born May 6, 1961, into a well-known family of media, including his father Nick, a local TV newsman, and aunt, a popular mid-century singer. Born George Timothy Clooney in Lexington, Kentucky, Clooney was drawn to sports and even managed to secure a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds when he was 16 years old. After his baseball contract fell through, Clooney attended Northern Kentucky University to study broadcast journalism but dropped out in 1981, due to the constant comparisons to his father. After working as a background actor on his cousin Miguel Ferrer's film, Clooney caught the acting bug and moved to Los Angeles, California.
Although not the glamorous lead roles he was searching for, Clooney landed a recurring role in the teen comedy The Facts of Life (1985 to 1987) and guest appearances on the sitcom Roseanne (1988 to 1991). He went on to play a detective in the 1992, fleeting series Bodies of Evidence but always wanted something more. A better project presented itself in 1994, when Clooney was cast as Dr. Doug Ross, a pediatrician and ladies man, in the NBC medical drama, E.R.
Clooney was cast alongside Quentin Tarantino in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and later starred in the romantic comedy One Fine Day (1996), opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1997, Clooney starred as Batman in the blockbuster Batman & Robin, which made $107 million. Following the box office hit, Clooney starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998). He ended out the year with his role in Terrence Malick's war drama The Thin Red Line. After having much success in his film releases, Clooney left E.R. in 1999 to focus solely on his film career and went on to star in David O. Russell's Persian Gulf War aftermath Three Kings (1999), opposite Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube. Clooney then played an intoxicating conman in the Coen brothers O Brother, Where Art Thou?(2000), which earned him a Golden Globe Award. He rekindled his on-screen guynamic with Mark Wahlberg for The Perfect Storm (2000), a catastrophe-at-sea film based on Sebastian Junger's bestselling novel.
Already a sexy commodity of Hollywood, Clooney's success continued to soar when he starred in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (2001), as Danny Ocean, who was originally played by vocalized virtuoso Frank Sinatra. The witty theft film featured a star-studded cats, including Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, and Matt Damon. The success and praise from audiences around the world resulted in two sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.
In 2002, Clooney made his directorial debut with Confessions of a Dangerous Minds, a biopic centered on the life of a supposedly CIA agent and host of The Gong Show, Chuck Barris. Although unsuccessful at the box office, Clooney continued his newfound appreciation for working behind the scenes by producing and acting in the political drama Syriana (2004), which lead to an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2005.
During the same year, Clooney expanded his reach by directing and co-writing Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), a film focused on the battle between well-known news anchor Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy. Dedicated to his father, the film earned Clooney his first nomination for Best Director and Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
Clooney went on to star and produce Michael Clayton (2007), in which he received an Academy Award for Actor in a Leading Role, directed and starred in Leatherheads (2008), and played a lead character in Burn After Reading (2008). He later went on to give a highly received performance as Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air (2009), which resulted in an Academy Award nomination for Actor in a Leading Role. Clooney earned another Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his performance in The Descendants (2011). In that same year, Clooney directed, co-wrote, and starred in the politically charged film The Ides of March (2011).
Clooney's most recent projects include 8 (2012) alongside Kevin Bacon, based on actual transcripts of the federal trial of California's Prop 8, and Gravity (2013) opposite Sandra Bullock.
George Clooney Girlfriend & Dating History
Clooney and Kelly Preston dated following her divorce from Kevin Gage. While living together, Clooney gave Kelly a potbellied piglet named Max, which he continued to baby until the pig died in 2006.
December 1989 - 1993
Clooney and actress Talia Balsam were married from December 1989 to 1993. She is the only woman George has married and said he doesn't "feel like I gave Talia a fair shot." He has admitted that he wants nothing to do with marriage or having kids.
Clooney went on one date with Karen Duffy prior to showing up at the Emmys together on September 10, 1995.
1996 - 1999
Clooney and French law student Cellin Balitran met in 1996 while she was waiting tables in France. She moved to Los Angeles for George but the couple later split in 1999.
The rumor that Clooney and Charlize Theron were dating started in 2000, when Clooney and Celine Balitran broke up.
2000 - June 2005
Clooney and Lisa Snowdon began dating on and off in 2000 but it finally came to end in June 2005. Lisa has said that Clooney's stardom got in the way of her job and their relationship.
Although never confirmed, Clooney and Lucy Liu were rumored to be dating throughout 2000.
2002 - 2004
Clooney and Krista Allen began dating while on the set of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind in 2002, followed by their break up in 2004.
Clooney and Renee Zellweger reportedly dated after she broke with Jim Carrey in 2003. They both denied the rumors and advocated that they've been friends since 2007.
Rumored to be dating in 2000, Clooney and Lucy Liu were photographed locking lips New Year's Eve, 2006.
2007 - May 2008
Clooney and model Sarah Larson started dating in 2007 and continued their relationship after they were involved in accident when a car clipped Clooney's motorcycle. They attended the Academy Awards together but broke up in May 2008.
July 2009 - June 2011
Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis confirmed they were dating after Elisabetta was first spotted on Clooney's motorcycle in July. They made their first public appearance as a couple at the premium of The Men Who Stare at Goats in September. Clooney can only stay with one pretty woman for so long; the two confirmed in a joint statement they had called things off in June of 2011.
July 2011 - Present
Clooney and Stacy Keibler were labeled a couple in early July when they were spotted vacationing at Clooney's Lake Como home. The two have neither denied nor confirmed the allegations.