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George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter. Clooney is also noted for his social activism and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since January 2008.

Though he made his acting debut on television in 1978, Clooney gained fame and recognition by portraying Dr. Douglas "Doug" Ross on the long-running medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999. In 2001, Clooney's fame widened with the release of his biggest commercial success, Ocean's Eleven as Danny Ocean. He made his directorial debut a year later with the 2002 biographical thriller Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and has since directed Good Night, and Good Luck and Leatherheads.

He portrayed Devlin in Spy Kids and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over.

Early life

Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky.[1][2] His mother, Nina Bruce (née Warren),[3] was a beauty queen and city councilwoman. His father, Nick Clooney, is a former anchorman and television host, including five years on the AMC network.[4] Clooney is of Irish, German, and English ancestry.[5] His maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann Sparrow, was the half-sister of Nancy Lincoln, mother of President Abraham Lincoln.[6][7][8] Clooney has an older sister named Adelia (known as Ada).[9] Cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was an aunt.[1] Through Rosemary, his cousins include actors Miguel Ferrer, Rafael Ferrer, and Gabriel Ferrer, who is married to singer Debby Boone.[10]

Clooney was raised a strict Roman Catholic[11] but said in 2006 that he did not know if he believed "in Heaven, or even God."[12] He has said, "Yes, we were Catholic, big-time, whole family, whole group."[13] He began his education at the Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. He attended St. Michael's School in Columbus, Ohio; then Western Row Elementary School (a public school) in Mason, Ohio, from 1968 to 1974; and St. Susanna School in Mason, where he served as an altar boy. The Clooneys moved back to Kentucky when George was midway through the seventh grade.[14] In middle school, Clooney developed Bell's palsy, a medical condition that partially paralyzes the face. The malady went away within a year. In an interview with Larry King, he stated that "yes, it goes away. It takes about nine months to go away. It was the first year of high school, which was a bad time for having half your face paralyzed."[13] He also described one positive outcome of the condition: "It's probably a great thing that it happened to me because it forced me to engage in a series of making fun of myself. And I think that's an important part of being famous. The practical jokes have to be aimed at you."[15]

After his parents moved to Augusta, Kentucky, Clooney attended Augusta High School. He has stated that he earned all As and a B in school,[1] and played baseball and basketball. He tried out to play professional baseball with the Cincinnati Reds in 1977, but he did not pass the first round of player cuts and was not offered a contract.[16] He attended Northern Kentucky University from 1979 to 1981, majoring in broadcast journalism, and very briefly attended the University of Cincinnati, but did not graduate from either.[17] He earned money selling women's shoes, insurance door-to-door, stocking shelves, working in construction, and cutting tobacco.[12][18]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.esquire.com/features/george-clooney-0408
  2. http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/01/18/mip.monday/
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20020805101303/http://www5.genealogy.com/famousfolks/george-clooney/d0/i0000005.htm
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20140906201250/http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/elections/2004/candidates/22111/
  5. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DM&p_theme=dm&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0ED3D262C9330137&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM
  6. http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/11/02/george-clooney-abraham-lincoln/
  7. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/george-clooney-and-abraham-lincoln-are-distantly-related-ancestry-website-says/
  8. http://people.com/celebrity/george-clooney-distantly-related-to-abraham-lincoln/
  9. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/11/seven-things-to-know-about-george-clooneys-sister/
  10. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/07/08/debby-boone-talks-living-at-frank-sinatra-house-defends-dad-against-critics/
  11. http://www.exacteditions.com/exact/browse/397/440/2440/3/16
  12. 12.0 12.1 https://web.archive.org/web/20060322120931/http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/1998/edition_06-07-1998/In_Step_With
  13. 13.0 13.1 http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0602/16/lkl.01.html
  14. http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/mason/2014/06/04/george-clooney-developed-star-power-mason/9953593/
  15. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15033860
  16. http://www.clooneystudio.com/biography.html
  17. https://books.google.com/books?id=2waASQkzSJIC&pg=PA195
  18. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/film-news/8937524/George-Clooney-says-acting-is-not-hard.html

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