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George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nina Bruce (née Warren), a former beauty pageant queen, and Nick Clooney, a former anchorman and television host (who was also the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney). He has English, German and Irish ancestry. Clooney spent most of his youth in Ohio and Kentucky, and graduated from Augusta High School. He was very active in sports such as basketball and baseball, and tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, but was not offered a contract.

After his cousin, Miguel Ferrer, got him a small role in a feature film, Clooney began to pursue acting. His first major role was on the sitcom E/R (1984) as Ace. More roles soon followed, including George Burnett, the handsome handyman on The Facts of Life (1979); Booker Brooks, a supervisor on Roseanne (1988); and Detective James Falconer on Sisters (1991). Clooney had his breakthrough when he was cast as Dr. Doug Ross on the award-winning drama series ER (1994), opposite Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle and Julianna Margulies.

While filming ER (1994), Clooney starred in a number of high profile film roles, such as Robert Rodriguezs From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and One Fine Day (1996), opposite Michelle Pfeiffer. In 1997, Clooney took on the role of Batman in Joel Schumachers Batman & Robin (1997). The film was a moderate success in the box office, but was slammed by critics, notably for the nipple-laden Batsuit. Clooney went on to star in Steven Soderberghs Out of Sight (1998), Terrence Malicks The Thin Red Line (1998), and David O. Russells Three Kings (1999).

In 1999, Clooney left ER (1994) (though he would return for the season finale) and appeared in a number of films, including O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), The Perfect Storm (2000) and Oceans Eleven (2001). Collaborating once again with Steven Soderbergh, Oceans Eleven (2001) received critical acclaim, earned more than $450 million at the box office, and spawned two sequels: Oceans Twelve (2004) and Oceans Thirteen (2007).

In 2002, Clooney made his directorial debut with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), an adaptation of TV producer Chuck Barris autobiography. This was the first film under the banner of Section Eight Productions, a production company he founded with Steven Soderbergh. The company also produced many acclaimed films, including Far from Heaven (2002), Syriana (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006) and Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005). Clooney won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana (2005), and was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005).

In 2006, Section Eight Productions was shut down so that Soderbergh could concentrate on directing, and Clooney founded a new production company, Smokehouse Productions, with his friend and longtime business partner, Grant Heslov.

Clooney went on to produce and star in Michael Clayton (2007) (which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor), directed and starred in Leatherheads (2008), and took leading roles in Burn After Reading (2008), The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), and Jason Reitmans Up in the Air (2009). Clooney received critical acclaim for his performance in Up in the Air (2009) and was nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award. He didnt win that year, but took home both Best Actor awards (as well as countless nominations) for his role as a father who finds out his wife was unfaithful as she lays in a coma in Alexander Paynes The Descendants (2011). Through his career, Clooney has been heralded for his political activism and humanitarian work. He has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since 2008, has been an advocate for the Darfur conflict, and organized the Hope for Haiti telethon, to raise money for the victims of the 2010 earthquake. In March 2012, Clooney was arrested for civil disobedience while protesting at the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C.

Clooney was married to actress Talia Balsam, from 1989 until 1993. After their divorce, he swore he would never marry again. Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman bet him $10,000 that he would have children by the age of 40, and sent him a check shortly after his birthday. Clooney returned the funds and bet double or nothing he wouldnt have children by the age of 50. Although he has remained a consummate bachelor, Clooney has had many highly publicized relationships, including with former WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler. In 2014, he married lawyer and activist Amal Clooney.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous and Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trivia (122)

Tried out for a position on the Cincinnati Reds baseball team.

During the 1990s, Clooney often publicly asserted that he would never get remarried or have any children, but Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman both bet $10,000 each that he would be a father before he turned 40. They were both wrong, and each sent him a check. He returned the money, betting double or nothing that he wouldnt have kids by age 50. At age 53, he broke his vows to never marry again when he wed human rights lawyer Amal Clooney (née Alamuddin) in 2014. In early 2017, news broke that the couple were pregnant with twins.

Waged war against the paparazzi by boycotting Entertainment Tonight (1981), the sister show of Hard Copy (1989), which had filmed Clooney without his permission.

Was voted Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. [1997]

Was voted Best Dressed Male Television Star. [1997]

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1996]

Attended and graduated from Augusta High School in Augusta, Kentucky.

Attended Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Coincidentally, his first steady TV role was in the medical sitcom E/R (1984) that was based in Chicago and co-starred Elliott Gould, Mary McDonnell and Jason Alexander. Ten years later, it would take another TV series ER (1994) (also based in Chicago) to finally launch him into the galaxy of super-stardom.

Committed to O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) before even reading a script, because of his wish to work with the Coen brothers. He even accepted a significantly lower salary than usual.

Reportedly got into a fistfight with Three Kings (1999) director David O. Russell on the set. Russell had shouted and derided a few extras out of frustration and Clooney didnt appreciate this. Russell has since said, I wouldnt make another George Clooney movie if they paid me $20 million..

Owned a pet pig named Max, given to him by Kelly Preston, for eighteen years. Max died on December 1, 2006.

Has stated in several interviews that he has suffered from bleeding stomach ulcers and is still on medication for stomach pain.

Ranked #27 on Premiere magazines 2002 Power 100 List.

Was voted one of People magazines Top 50 Bachelors. [2002]

Was a pallbearer at the funeral of his late aunt, Rosemary Clooney.

He got his start in a movie starring his cousin, Miguel Ferrer. Later, after Clooney had established himself on ER (1994), Ferrer made a guest appearance on the very first show. Georges aunt, Rosemary Clooney, made guest appearances on two shows the first month ER (1994) aired.

Ranked #29 in Premiere magazines 2003 annual Power 100 List.

Ranked #3 of 10 Top Sexiest Men in People magazine. [2003]

Heads his own film and television production company, Maysville Pictures.

Shared an apartment with actor Thom Mathews during the early 1980s.

Was the second man, after Richard Gere, to make an appearance on the cover of Vogue magazine.

Ranked #16 on VH1s 100 Hottest Hotties.

Rode a bicycle to get to auditions as a struggling actor.

Son of actor and AMC host Nick Clooney and Nina Warren Clooney.

He loves the sitcom South Park (1997). He got a hold of Trey Parker, the creator of the series, and asked for a role in an episode. He was given the role of Sparky, the gay dog, which involved little more than panting and yelping. However, when it was time for South Park to go to the big screen, Clooney got a full speaking role, as an ER surgeon.

Has English, German, Irish, and smaller amounts (to varying degrees) of Scots-Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Welsh, and French Huguenot, roots.

At age 43, he was voted sexiest male celebrity in a Naughty Forties poll conducted for UK television station FX.

Shared an L.A. home with Kelly Preston when both were struggling actors.

Auditioned five times for Ridley Scott for the role of J.D. in Thelma & Louise (1991), a role that ultimately went to future friend Brad Pitt and catapulted Pitt to super-stardom.

He loves beer. He does voiceovers for Budweiser TV commercials and allegedly had a beer keg installed in his dressing room during filming of Oceans Eleven (2001).

Resided in a friends closet while struggling as an actor in Los Angeles, early in his career.

Is a huge fan of the basketball team Dallas Mavericks.

Received the first Spirit of Independence Award of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Find Independent (FIND). [June 2005]

Appears on the cover of the first Mens Vogue magazine. [2005]

In October 2005, after an accident on the set of his movie Syriana (2005), he suffered from back pain, bad headaches, and memory loss. After several spine surgeries, he fully recovered.

Sought the role of Jack Cole in Sideways (2004). However, the films director, Alexander Payne, felt that he was too big a star, and turned him down in favor of Thomas Haden Church.

Owns a villa in Laglio at Lake Como, Italy, where he resides several months of the year.

In winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Syriana (2005), he becomes the second generation of his family to win an Oscar. His uncle, José Ferrer, won a Best Actor Oscar for playing in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950). Also appearing in Syriana (2005) was Christopher Plummer, who once played Christian to Ferrers Cyrano in a subsequent production, and later succeeded Ferrer as Cyrano as well.

Is the first actor who played Batman (in Batman & Robin (1997) to win an Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana (2005)). Five years later, Christian Bale won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in The Fighter (2010).

Frequently involves himself in projects involving the Golden Age of television. For example, he produced and starred in Fail Safe (2000), a throwback to the live television plays of the 1950s and 1960s; he directed and appeared in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), a movie about Chuck Barris career in early game shows; and he directed, wrote, and appeared in Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), a movie about Edward R. Murrows battle with Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Ranked #21 on Premiere magazines 2006 Power 50 list. Had ranked #43 in 2005.

As of 2006, he is the only regular cast member from ER (1994) to win an Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor in Syriana (2005)).

In August 2006, he and his producing partner Steven Soderbergh decided to close down their Section Eight production company after a six-year working partnership. Soon after, he and Grant Heslov founded their production company, Smokehouse Pictures.

He auditioned for the role of Mr. Blonde/Vic Vega in Reservoir Dogs (1992), but was turned down. The role instead went to Michael Madsen.

Was voted People magazines Sexiest Man Alive. [2006]

From 1996-2003, stuntman Brad Martin served as Clooneys personal stunt double.

Suffered from Bells palsy for a time while he was in high school.

His famous Roman haircut was actually an accident. While filming From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), he wanted to make his character Seth Gecko look really crazy with a chopped off hairstyle. But the haircut became popular and turned into a positive.

In December 2006, he traveled to China and Egypt to make a personal plea to Chinese and Egyptian officials to use their ties with the Sudanese government to help stop the violence in the Darfur region.

In 2006, his The Peacemaker (1997) co-star Nicole Kidman presented him his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Was voted Most Eligible Bachelor by People magazine. [2001]

Clooney grew up working in tobacco fields. In his late teens, he took up smoking and continued to do so through his late 20s. A decision he regrets and has discussed in numerous interviews. He finally decided to quit when his favorite Uncle died after a long battle with lung cancer. Clooneys parents were non-smokers, although many of his Aunts and Uncles smoked.

In September 2006, he addressed the United Nations Security Council, urging this to act over Darfur.

Helped celebrate a plan to rebuild a hospital in hurricane-devastated Louisiana alongside former President George Bush. The pair appeared outside the courthouse in Cameron Parish, the only surviving building in the town following Hurricane Rita. Bush presented local officials with a check for $2 million from the Bush-Clinton Katrina fund. The money will help run South Cameron Memorial Hospital once it has been rebuilt. Former ER (1994) star Clooney quipped, There is good news in all of this, which is that when the hospital gets up and running, I will not be doing any of the medical procedures (20 December 2006).

In 2007, he was ranked #13 on Entertainment Weeklys The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.

In 2007, Forbes magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $25 million.

Supported Senator Barack Obamas bid to win the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election.

In 2007, he and his girlfriend, Sarah Larson, had an accident while riding a motorcycle. She broke some toes, and Clooney broke a rib.

Merited a place in Time magazines 100 Most Influential People in the World (Artists & Entertainers section) with a tribute written by Roseanne Barr (Issue May 12, 2008).

His palatial estate Villa Oleandra in Laglio overlooking Italys Lake Como comprises 15 rooms, a wine cellar, and a master bedroom suite atop three floors. In his garage, Clooney keeps his collection of Piaggio motorbikes. Docked at his pier is a Colombo classic powerboat. Previously owned by philanthropist Drue Heinz, the former mother-in-law of Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of US Secretary of State John Kerry, Clooney discovered the property when the was tossed from his Harley-Davidson motorcycle near the gates of the villa while touring the region in 2001. He purchased the estate for a reported EUR11.7 million in 2002.

In April 2008, he quit the WGA after the union turned down his wish to be credited as a co-writer for Leatherheads (2008). He felt that he was let down by the union.

On the DVD commentary for Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), George Clooney says that shortly after he met Grant Heslov in 1982, Heslov loaned Clooney $200.00 to buy his first set of headshots, and they have been friends ever since (and later writing and producing partners).

His production company, Section Eight Productions, is named after Jamie Farrs M*A*S*H (1972) character Maxwell Q. Klinger (Klinger tried to get out of the army via a section 8).

Currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

He is known for his self-mocking sense of humor. The creators of South Park (1997) spoofed his Oscar acceptance speech in a South Park episode, and his political views in Team America: World Police (2004). Clooney commented that he would have been really disappointed, had he not been spoofed in the latter.

Has an older sister named Adelia Ada Clooney Zeidler. She married the late Norman Monroe Zeidler, an artist and U.S. Army captain, who died of a heart attack in 2004. They have two children, Allison and Nick, who (until the 2017 birth of Amal and George Clooneys twins) were the only grandchildren of Nina Clooney and Nick Clooney.

Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine four times: March 95, October 97, November 98 (with Harrison Ford and Chris Rock) and January 03.

Three of the films he has directed are concerned with jobs held by himself or his father. Nick Clooney was a news anchor, and Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) is about television reporters. Nick later ran an unsuccessful campaign for Congress. George plays a man running for President in The Ides of March (2011). Leatherheads (2008) was about college football. Before becoming an actor, George pursued a career as a professional athlete.

Was in a relationship with Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis (2009-2011).

Was in a relationship with Stacy Keibler (2011-2013).

During the 2012 Newsweek Magazine Oscar roundtable, Clooney told a story about working for the womens shoe department of a Cincinnati, Ohio, department store in 1979. He said that it was fashionable at that time for some women to have their fourth toe surgically removed so that they could more easily fit into tight pumps and heels. He came to know which women had had this procedure done, and he always tried to pass those customers of onto his co-workers, since he found the sight of the deliberately missing toe so disturbing.

He and his father, Nick Clooney, were arrested, on March 16, 2012, for participating in a staged protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, D.C.

Is supporting President Barack Obamas 2012 reelection campaign, and hosted a fundraiser for the President at his home on May 10, 2012. A record $15 million in contributions was raised.

Has been friends with Sandra Bullock for around 25 years. They appear in a movie together for the first time in Gravity (2013).

Suffers from a form of malaria that surfaces from time to time; he has to live with this for the rest of his life.

On January 31, 2008, he was appointed a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

In 2002, he made a controversial joke about Charlton Heston getting Alzheimers disease; for which he refused to apologize.

As of 2014, has appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Thin Red Line (1998), Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009), The Descendants (2011) and Gravity (2013), and produced the Oscar winning Argo (2012). He was nominated for Best Actor for Michael Clayton, Up in the Air and The Descendants, and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck. Thus, he joins Orson Welles and Warren Beatty in being nominated for producing, directing, writing and lead acting in an Oscar Best Picture nominee, but did this for different films.

In the process of setting the mood at his home for his marriage proposal to fiancée Amal, George programmed a playlist of his legendary aunt Rosemary Clooneys records including the apt, Why Shouldnt? (first verse: Why shouldnt I take a chance when romance passes by? / Why shouldnt I know of love? / Why wait around when each age has a sage who has sung / That upon this earth love is all that is really worth thinking of?).

Is very closely related to the noted Republican president Abraham Lincoln. Lincolns aunt is George Clooneys great-great-great-great grandmother. Which also makes him a distant cousin of Tom Hanks, via Lincolns mother Nancy Hanks.

He gained 30 pounds for his Oscar winning role as Bob Barnes in Syriana (2005).

His wedding to Amal Clooney (Amal Alamuddin) cost an estimated $4.6 million.

Continued to be good friends with Charlotte Rae until her death on August 5, 2018.

Is the only person to have been nominated for an Oscar in six different categories. Best Picture for Argo (2012), Best Actor for The Descendants (2011), Up in the Air (2009) and Michael Clayton (2007), Best Adapted Screenplay for The Ides of March (2011), Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005), and finally Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005).

Co-founded the popular drink brand Casamigos Tequila (house of friends) with friend and business partner Rande Gerber. [2013]

At eight weeks, he unknowingly and accidentally broke the 12 week pregnancy rule when he told friend Matt Damon that he and his wife were expecting twins.

Announced that he will co produce with John Madden, who will direct, Gates of Fire, based on the epic Greek Battle of Thermopylae in 480BC when 300 Spartan warriors held back rampaging soldiers from the Persian Empire for six days before being slaughtered.

Played two unrelated movie characters with the last name Gates: Archie Gates in Three Kings (1999) and Lee Gates in Money Monster (2016).

George and Amal Clooney welcomed two babies on June 6, 2017, daughter Ella Clooney and son Alexander Clooney.

A renowned practical joker, of whom Brad Pitt is often a target, George Clooney revealed on The Graham Norton Show, that he had replaced the license plate frame on Brad Pitts car with one that said, Fuck Cops. Of course, Pitt was pulled over by the LAPD.

With his partners sold their tequila brand Casamigos to Diageo Plc, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company for $1 Billion. [June 2017]

Is the only actor to have played Batman who hasnt also played a figure from The Bible.

As of November 2019, twelve of George Clooneys 91 acting credits on IMDb are for appearing in Nespresso commercials.

Has been cutting his own hair for over 25 years using an old-fashioned Flowbee.

Born at 2:58 AM (EST).

Personal Quotes (81)

[discussing casting choices Mel Gibson and Nicolas Cage for Three Kings (1999) before he had signed] Luckily, both those guys were tied and gagged in my apartment, and that was a problem for the casting department.

I dont like to share my personal life... it wouldnt be personal if I shared it.

[on the fact he had nothing to do with the breakup of Julia Roberts and Benjamin Bratt] I was too busy breaking up Tom and Nicoles marriage.

[speaking about the 2003 start to the Iraq war] You cant beat your enemy anymore through wars; instead you create an entire generation of people revenge-seeking. These days it only matters whos in charge. Right now thats us -for a while, at least. Our opponents are going to resort to car bombs and suicide attacks because they have no other way to win. . . . I believe [Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld] thinks this is a war that can be won, but there is no such thing anymore. We cant beat anyone anymore.

Its not about an opening weekend. Its about a career, building a set of films youre proud of. Period.

Ninety percent of films are pretty mediocre, but they have a built-in audience and open on 3,000 screens.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) bombed. But I can take it. Most of the films Ive done havent done particularly well. Im surprised Im continuing to work.

Directing is really exciting. In the end, its more fun to be the painter than the paint.

I dont believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately...you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. Its a mean thing, life.

Weve been trying to push our involvement within the studio system, sort of push the things that weve learned from foreign and independent films through the 80s and push those things back into the studio system. Like Out of Sight (1998) isnt your standard studio film by any means; Three Kings (1999) wasnt the standard Warner Bros. kind of film.

Directors are the captains of the ship, and its your job as the lead actor to make sure that the rest of the cast understand that by doing whatever he says.

See, the first thing about actors is, youre just trying to get a job; and you audition and audition and you finally get them. And you still consider yourself an auditioning actor. I auditioned for One Fine Day (1996), I wasnt offered that. So youre still in that Hey, Im just trying to get a job thing. Then, you get to the point where, if you decide to do it, then theyll make the film. Thats a different kind of responsibility, and it usually takes a couple of films to catch up. And then you have to actually pay attention to the kind of films that youre making.

You got to think of things at their worst, not at their best. And Out of Sight (1998) was the first time where I had a say, and it was the first good screenplay that Id read where I just went, Thats it.And even though it didnt do really well box office-wise-we sort of tanked again-it was a really good film. And I realized from that point on that it was strictly screenplay first. And then it becomes easier, because once you eliminate the idea of doing a vehicle. . . believe me, theres nobody whos encouraging us to make these films, not agents, not . . . were not getting paid for these things, and its not like were going to make a mint.

[on making Oceans Eleven (2001)] It was the easiest shoot ever for any actor, and we all knew it when we were doing it. We were like, its never going to be better than this. He [director Steven Soderbergh] was in hell because it was a really complicated film to put together. We were like, were in Las Vegas, we go to work at one in the afternoon, and we gotta be done by six at night. Six hours of work. Steven was editing all night.

Im a hybrid. I succeed in both worlds. I hope that selling out on Oceans Eleven (2001) is not such a bad deal. The trade-off is, I get to go make something uncommercial that will probably lose money.

Steven [Steven Soderbergh] and I have a great relationship inside the studio system. We make the kinds of films we want and commercial films at the same time. Steven and I have lost a lot of money. We are way in the hole. But this is not a day job. Ive got some cash. I have a nice house in Italy. I do OK.

Its true information is harder to get these days. When I was growing up there were three networks - three news shows, delivering the same information. You took that information into your home and you formed your own opinions. Now we have 130 channels. You go to the channel that plays to your belief pattern. We start with different sets of facts, its more polarizing.

[on Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)] Im not a snob, I like entertaining films as well. But when you do a film like this, or like Three Kings (1999) - films that get you in a bit of trouble - its fun to open up a debate.

[Responding to media reports that he had contemplated suicide following surgery] I think, if you listen to the piece, I certainly did not talk about wanting to kill myself. I was talking about the idea of living for years in that kind of pain. Please dont use my words out of context.

An acting career usually has about a shelf life of ten years before people get sick of seeing you. Its a good thing to have a job to fall back on and I really do enjoy directing.

I doubt anybody gets taken seriously for very long. Ill be on some reality show in about six years going, Hey, I had a great year in 2006.

People thought I was Tom and Nicoles bodyguard. Theyd come up and go, Is it okay if I go up and ask for an autograph? It was good. Id charge em three bucks a person. Yeah, you gotta make some money off of that.

Im the flavor of the month.

Run for office? No. Ive slept with too many women, Ive done too many drugs, and Ive been to too many parties.

I know what my limitations are as an actor, but my strength is putting myself into a well-written part. When I get in trouble is when I have to fix it, or when I have to carry it on personality.

Here is my theory in debunking photographs in magazines. You know, the paparazzi photographs. I want to spend every single night for three months going out with a different famous actress. You know, Halle Berry one night, Salma Hayek the next, and then walk on the beach holding hands with Leonardo DiCaprio. People would still buy the magazines, theyd still buy the pictures, but they would always go, I dont know if these guys are putting us on or not.

You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk.

I dont live at full tilt the way I used to. You begin to hate waking up with the kind of hangover you get from going on huge benders with your buddies. Also, since my neck surgeries, Ive been forced to take things easier and not beat up my body the way I used to. Im more cautious.

The idea that every time you do a film youre supposed to be tortured confuses me. I mean, guys who say Oh, its really tough, my character is really suffering - come on. For us, even in the rotten ones, weve had a good time. I dont think you have to suffer.

Were the ones who talked about AIDS when it was just being whispered. And we talked about civil rights when it wasnt really popular. This academy - this group of people - gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. Im proud to be a part of this academy, proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch.

You can only get so far without discernible talent - then you either work, or use cheap publicity tricks to keep the publics attention. Paris (Hilton) has no reason to complain if she is on the end of bad publicity.

[on what makes a man stylish] For me, a sense of humor is number one. Its certainly whats most attractive. Its not the first thing you notice at 21, but its the first thing you notice now. If celebrity is a credit card, Im using my credit. My job is to try and find ways of talking about issues that move us forward. I dont make policy, but I can shine a light on faulty or good policy. The Not On Our Watch launch reached more than 9 million people. We need to focus global attention on the plight of the 2.5 million civilians who have fled their homes. Rather than talk about who Im dating, lets talk about saving lives.

[on celebrity activism] You dont want to be a spokesperson unless you are absolutely committed to a cause because you can hurt it. Ive been asked to help represent environmental groups. Im a big proponent of cleaning up the environment. I have two electric cars. But I also have a big weak spot because Ive flown on private jets. However, I welcome any of these dumb pundits who make celebrities out to be bad guys to a discussion about Darfur. Because Ive been there and Ive met all the players, and I guarantee you the pundits havent.

[on who will win the Best Actor Oscar in 2008] If you want my honest opinion, I think its going to be Daniel Day-Lewis [for There Will Be Blood (2007)]. He sort of irritates all of us because hes so good. Ill tell you right now, I dont like him!

[on films made between 1964 and 1976] Its 12 years and you could find ten films a year that are masterpieces. They dont make those films anymore. You couldnt come near making those films.

Had I not got the Thursday night ten oclock slot at ER (1994), if theyd put us on Friday night, then I wouldnt have a film career. Thats luck, not my own genius, though I like to think it was.

Im protected as an actor by a really good screenplay, number one; and then a really good director, number two; and then really good actors, number three - but first and foremost a good screenplay. You cannot make a good film out of a bad script. You can make a bad film out of a good script - easily. Ive seen that happen before, but you cant do it the other way around; it always has to be the screenplay.

I didnt become really successful until I was in my thirties. I can still remember sitting on the closet floor of my buddys house, completely broke. My friends would want to go out to dinner, to get a hamburger, and I couldnt afford to go. They had the money to pay, but I didnt want them to pay. That happened a lot. At one point, I remember my buddy Brad loaning me a hundred dollars. Hes now running our production company. Im still paying that debt off, you know?

Heres your options: Live long enough to watch your friends die, or die young. Now, Im not pessimistic at all. Im just saying I realize thats true. I dont want to see any of my buddies die, and I dont have any interest in dying young, either. But I had to come to terms with what Im not going to do.

I never thought Batman & Robin (1997) was going to be a great film. I thought it was a great opportunity for me. And suddenly were filming. The script isnt together. Im just miserable in the suit, trying to make scenes work. Thats not the way to make a movie. The thing is, it took Batman & Robin to get to the point where I am now. When I got in a position to greenlight a picture and get the picture made, I really had to adjust my thinking. Because when youre an actor, youre thinking about getting good roles. You go, Thats a great part! And you sign on to make the movie. Only now, those movies are being greenlit because youre doing them, and when the reviews come out, youre being held responsible not just for what you did in the film, but for the entire film. From here on in, I realised, its my responsibility. If Im going to blow it, if Im going to bomb, its going to be on my taste. So I started out doing Out of Sight (1998) and Three Kings (1999) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and making only films Id go see. Now, that doesnt always end well. Sometimes a movie doesnt work. But the lesson of Batman & Robin was a great one.

Id rather have a rectal examination on live TV by a fellow with cold hands than have a Facebook page!

If the movie makes money, I make money. If I dont, Ive still made the movie I wanted to make.

I never wear makeup for movies and now its starting to show. Its funny, because most male actors work with actresses who are considerably younger. But earlier in my career I was working with a lot of actresses who were my age or older so people always thought I was older anyway; and now Im going through this thing with people thinking Im about 60. But Im kind of comfortable with getting older because its better than the other option, which is being dead. So Ill take getting older.

[on the paranormal] Im not a big believer in much of that. Everybody goes through déjà vu and things like that, but I dont really go for that stuff. I find it mostly to be coincidence.

[on his friends keeping him grounded] Ive got eight buddies: The Boys. Theyve been my friends for 20 years. Every Sunday we ride motorcycles and play basketball together. For Christmas this year, the boys came out and there were new bikes sitting out there-new Indians for each of them. The best part of having money is sharing it with your buddies. I lived on their closet floors when I was broke and they had money and were working. Theyve been through this whole ride with me. So now, when someone comes up to me and says, Youre so brilliant, they look over at me and go, Man, can you believe that shit? I met them when I first moved out here, in acting classes. Richard Kind, whos on Spin City (1996), is one of them. When his father died of a heart attack, Richard called and said he was going to Trenton for the funeral. All the boys were immersed in work at that point and had no time, but I called them up and told them what happened. There were no commercial flights available, so I chartered a jet. We didnt tell him we were coming. We sat in the back of the synagogue and Richard was in front with his back to us. When he got up and started to talk about his dad, he saw us and started sobbing. He said, Im sorry, but I just saw my best friends back there. There was this amazing feeling that every one of these guys had dropped everything just to be there. Thats what its like. People like that keep you sane. [2000]

The truth is, most actors I know arent assholes. They often get that reputation because people around them are assholes. The people around you can treat people like shit and pretend they are doing it to protect you. Once, my assistant was rude to someone. I said, You know, you represent me when you talk to people. So you have to be careful. And thats not to say people dont treat people badly in this business. I once had lunch with a movie producer who was completely dismissive and rude to our waiter, which told me all I needed to know about him. I know that someone like that will be nice to me right now - Im in a position where he wants to be nice to me, since he needs something from me. But what happens if Im not in that position anymore? If he treats everyone else dismissively, hell treat me dismissively. He isnt the type of person you want to work with. [2000]

[n the downside of fame] In Los Angeles, there are a million famous people around, so you are left alone. They see Mel Gibson at the grocery store, so theyre not impressed with me. But if you go to any other town and walk into a bar, you can never have a normal experience. Once people have a few drinks, they get brave. All of a sudden, there is a crowd of guys going, Dude! and hanging on to me. They want to buy me a drink and sit down and talk. But Ive got my friends, see. I dont want a bunch of guys coming over to buy me drinks. The funny part is what I end up doing: Im polite and I sit and talk to them. I wind up doing the things a girl would do in the same sort of situation at a bar. [2000]

Im different from a lot of guys. I dont go up to girls I dont know in a bar and ask them to dance. I never have. Never. Ive never gone up to somebody I dont know and asked them out. I just wont do it and never did, because I never wanted to take my ego, as fragile as any guys, and hand it to some girl so that she could demolish it. To me it has always seemed like a stupid thing to do. So in terms of, like, Hey, you want to go out? I dont do it. [2000]

[on fame] Heres an example of how it works. I had never been to the Playboy Mansion and really wanted to go. When I finally did, it was for one of the Mansions pajama parties, where I was hanging out with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jim Carrey. We were all sort of protecting one another; you dont want to seem like youre desperate. I grew up with the magazine, so naturally I wanted to see the Grotto. When I got there, I was cornered by about 15 people, most of them pretty girls. But its not like you might imagine. Instead, they all wanted to have their picture taken with me. When that happens, its like youre a cardboard cutout for people to stand next to. Its not like talking to a girl and getting to know her. At the height of it, when there were people pulling at me from every direction and it was at its most embarrassing, some guy comes over and says, Look at this shit, man! You got it made! Chicks are all over you. Meanwhile, I was thinking how much easier it was before this. Then it was just about being a guy talking to a girl and all the other stuff thats so interesting about dating-that dance you do. You see somebody at a party and lock eyes and eventually get closer and closer to each other. Somehow you find a way to talk and maybe-all that stuff. Thats a turn-on. That has been taken away from me. If you were to ask what I miss about the anonymity that I used to have, its that experience, that slow and natural getting to know someone - that kind of electricity. [2000]

Im a 39-year-old man. In the way I was raised, this is the time when you make your mark. In your 20s, you figure out what it is youre going to be. You do a lot of different jobs. By your late 20s, you sort of have some idea of what it is. Then you spend your 30s and a lot of your 40s making your mark. You spend your 50s being able to reap the benefits of the work that youve done. [2000]

In college, I basically partied a lot. You gotta understand. Were a very strict Catholic family. Curfew was at nine p.m. when I was a senior in high school. So I got out of the house and thought, Oh my God! People dont ever really like to talk about this anymore, but there was a period of time when blow was considered OK, like it wont hurt you at all. It was almost mainstream. All the designer drugs were OK-Quaaludes and blow. So that was the time in college for me: Drugs and chasing girls. I came from a town of 1500 people to Cincinnati. I would visit class every once in a while and stop by and go, Hows everybody doing? I was still a responsible kid, but I didnt take school seriously. I had jobs. I sold mens suits and shoes and worked in stockrooms of department stores, and I cut tobacco when it was the season. I was paying for my thing along the way. But I quit school.

[on a part he wished he had gotten] The part that Brad Pitt played in Thelma & Louise (1991). It was down to three actors, including Brad and me, at one time. I read about five times with Geena Davis. I thought I was going to get it, but Brad did. The part catapulted him. I didnt watch the movie for a couple of years and then rented it on tape one night. I watched it and, of course, hes perfect in the role, better than I would have been. [2000]

[on working with David O. Russell on Three Kings (1999)] Hed throw off his headset and scream, Today the sound department fucked me! For me, it came to a head a couple of times. Once, he went after a camera-car driver who I knew from high school. I had nothing to do with his getting his job, but David began yelling and screaming at him and embarrassing him in front of everybody. I told him, You can yell and scream and even fire him, but what you cant do is humiliate him in front of people. Not on my set, if I have any say about it. Another time, he screamed at the script supervisor and made her cry. I wrote him a letter and said, Look, I dont know why you do this. Youve written a brilliant script, and I think youre a good director. Lets not have a set like this. I dont like it and I dont work well like this. Im not one of those actors who likes things in disarray. He read the letter and we started all over again. But later, we were three weeks behind schedule, which puts some pressure on you, and he was in a bad mood. These army kids, who were working as extras, were supposed to tackle us. There were three helicopters in the air and 300 extras on the set. It was a tense time, and a little dangerous, too. David wanted one of the extras to grab me and throw me down. This kid was a little nervous about it, and David walked up to him and grabbed him. He pushed him onto the ground. He kicked him and screamed, Do you want to be in this fucking movie? Then throw him to the fucking ground! The second assistant director came up and said, You dont do that, David. You want them to do something, you tell me. David grabbed his walkie-talkie and threw it on the ground. He screamed, Shut the fuck up! Fuck you, and the AD goes, Fuck you! I quit. He walked off. It was a dangerous time. Id sent him this letter. I was trying to make things work, so I went over and put my arm around him. I said, David, its a big day. But you cant shove, push or humiliate people who arent allowed to defend themselves. He turned on me and said, Why dont you just worry about your fucked-up act? Youre being a dick. You want to hit me? You want to hit me? Come on, pussy, hit me. Im looking at him like hes out of his mind. Then, he started banging me on the head with his head. He goes, Hit me, you pussy. Hit me. Then, he got me by the throat and I went nuts. Waldo, my buddy, one of the boys, grabbed me by the waist to get me to let go of him. I had him by the throat. I was going to kill him. Kill him. Finally, he apologized, but I walked away. By then, the Warner Bros. guys were freaking out. David sort of pouted through the rest of the shoot and we finished the movie, but it was truly, without exception, the worst experience of my life.

When I first started out in television, I took any job that came along. It was, Lets just get a job, any job. I fought to get ER (1994) and I got it and it changed my life. Then, when I started doing movies, the same thing happened. At first, I did anything that I could get. But I learned. In TV, I learned to focus on the script, but I didnt apply that lesson to movies. But the cliché is true: You can take a good script and make a bad movie. But you cant take a bad script and make a good movie. [2000]

I love Spencer Tracy. Love him. Hes a hero of mine. I heard he never wore makeup, so Ive never worn makeup, ever. I wont put it on in any movie. Im dark complexioned, so I can get away with it. I cut my own hair. Its sort of still being scrappy. It makes you feel like a guy still. I still can take my motorcycle apart and put it back together again. It keeps you feeling like youre still a guy. You have to fight for that. What happens when youre famous is that you get a flat tire and come back and your assistants have fixed it for you. Youll come into a bar and its really fun and exciting and a guy comes over and says, Mr. Clooney, come with us, and they take you to a private room in the back. Youre thinking, I dont want to be in here. I want to be out there. What the fuck am I doing in here? So you have to fight it as much as you can. Its possible to be a guy with your friends. You get on your motorcycles, you head out on the road. Its as good as it gets. [2000, Playboy Magazine]

[on The Ides of March (2011)] Its not a bad thing to hold a mirror up and look at some of the things were doing [politically]. Everybody makes moral choices that better themselves and hurt someone else. And then we look at whether the means justify the ends. So The Ides of March couldve been literally set in Wall Street.

That ego issue, which is always an interesting thing. What happens is, you get a modicum of success, and then it becomes about the strangest shit youve ever seen. I am from Kentucky, okay? We try not to live in trailers. That is not something that...we dont brag about being in a double wide, or the largest trailer. And all of a sudden, somebody will come up on the set--and Ive had this happen, where its like, theyre upset because their trailer isnt the same size. And you go, take my trailer, because, honestly, thats not what I would consider something to brag about. And it becomes about certain things, and oftentimes it is people who havent experienced it for a period of time, or people who are trying to hold on to something...being in a trailer is not fun. [2012, Newsweek Magazine Oscars Roundtable]

[on Paul Newmans performance in The Verdict (1982)] That was the first time I was very aware of good acting.

[on his support for President Obamas reelection] I fund raised for him [in 2008] I didnt do any campaigning. I really dont think it helps to have well-known, famous people campaigning for you, but you can do fund raisers. Im a Democrat, Im a believer in him, I feel like hes done a wonderful job and I think hes having a tough time in a very difficult environment. So I root for him, I root for the President of the United States.

[on working with the Coen Brothers] Theres rarely a re-write on a Coen brother movie. The script they write is what we shoot. And its great.

Im trying to make movies in my life... that last longer than opening weekend. Thats it, thats my whole goal. I dont have to make money; I do films for scale and then, you know, I go do coffee commercials overseas, and I make a lot of money so I get to live in a nice house. ... And I dont give a shit. And people will go, Oh thats a sellout. And you know what? Fuck you.

[on funding a spy satellite to monitor the activities of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir] I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get.

Its hard when you get thumped. Ive been proficient at failure. But the only thing you can do is say, Heres what I wont do next time. I was a baseball player in school. I had a good arm, I could catch anything, but I was having trouble hitting. I would be like, I wonder if Ill hit it; just let me hit the ball. And then I went away for the fall, learned how to hit, and by my sophomore year Id come to the plate and think, I wonder *where* I want to hit the ball, to the left or right? Just that little bit of skill and confidence changed everything. Well, I had to treat acting like that. I had to stop going to auditions thinking, Oh, I hope they like me. I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. You could feel the difference in the room immediately. The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.

I did not attend a private boys school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites. Ive been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet.

When youre young you believe it when people tell you how good you are. And thats the danger, you inhale. Everyone will tell you youre a genius, which you are not, and if you understand that, you win.

I watch Batman & Robin (1997) from time to time. Its the worst movie I ever made, so its a good lesson in humility.

[on Britains Daily Mail] The worst kind of tabloid. One that makes up its facts to the detriment of its readers and to all the publications that blindly reprint them.

[on Michelle Pfeiffer] She is so beautiful you might forget what a talented actress she is, but then you watch Married to the Mob (1988) or The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) or a dozen other films, and you remember that shes a world-class actor...who just happens to be beautiful.

[on his marriage to Amal Clooney] I have someone who I can talk to about anything and someone who I care more about than Ive cared about anybody, so its really nice.

[his response to the question asked by a student on Inside the Actors Studio (1994): When you first started out and you were getting rejected what did you find was the most effective method for you to prove that you were the right person for the role?] Thats the funny thing, you cant prove you are the right person for the role, thats one thing actors can never understand and I couldnt either what you have to remember about this is: the product youre selling is you, this is the difference to any other business were all salesmen the product youre selling is extremely and completely personal, its you, if youre selling vacuum cleaners, you can say I have another one here if you dont like that one or if youre selling suits youd say, if you dont like that suit heres another suit, so when they say they dont want you, it literally means they dont want you personally, and it hurts and it costs you something every time, the reason why actors are celebrated when they become celebrities is because theyre taking risks that other people wouldnt take because its embarrassing and humiliation is one of the greatest fears in the world actors risk humiliation every time they audition so youre going to have a tough thick skin and keep telling yourself I still think Im on the right track and Im going the right way, youll succeed as long as youre confident because youre also selling your coincidence, so good luck.

[describing his work ethic] When I make a movie, it,s four months out of my life. If Im directing, its a year or two out of my life. Im going to enjoy what I do for a living first and foremost: I want to make a good film, secondly, Im not going to work on a set where people are yelling, screaming and unhappy, thirdly, I am in the luckiest business in the world Im very aware of catching the brass ring. Im very aware of the fact that if not for a Thursday night time slot on ER, I wouldt have this career, Im very aware of that so Im going to enjoy it to push the limits as much as I can, in terms of the kind of work I can do, the kind of films I can make.

I always apologize for Batman!

[2016, when Bernie Sanders supporters protested outside his fundraiser for Hillary Clinton] Their T-shirts said, you know, You sucked as Batman. And I was like, Well, you kind of got me on that one.

At 52 I found the love of my life, Ive never been happier in a relationship by any stretch of the imagination. Oftentimes, I feel like an idiot talking to my own wife.

Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home. Make no mistake the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it.[July 2017]

[on being criticized as Hollywood elite by Donald Trump and his supporters] Heres the thing: I grew up in Kentucky. I sold insurance door-to-door. I sold ladies shoes. I worked at an all-night liquor store. I would buy suits that were too big and too long and cut the bottom of the pants off to make ties so Id have a tie to go on job interviews. I grew up understanding what it was like to not have health insurance for eight years. So this idea that Im somehow the Hollywood elite and this guy [Trump] who takes a s--- in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable. People in Hollywood, for the most part, are people from the Midwest who moved to Hollywood to have a career. So this idea of coastal elites living in a bubble is ridiculous. Who lives in a bigger bubble? He [Trump] lives in a gold tower and has 12 people in his company. He doesnt run a corporation of hundreds of thousands of people he employs and takes care of. He ran a company of 12 people! When you direct a film you have seven different unions all wanting different things, you have to find consensus with all of them, and you have to get them moving in the same direction. Hes never had to do any of that kind of stuff. I just look at it and I laugh when I see him say Hollywood elite. Hollywood elite? I dont have a star on Hollywood Boulevard, Donald Trump has a star on Hollywood Boulevard! [Sept. 2017]

[2012] My grandparents back in Kentucky owned a tobacco farm. So to make money in the summer we could cut and chop and top and house and strip the tobacco. It sure made you not want to smoke. [Norman Lear: You never smoked?] No, never. You know I had 10 great aunts and uncles on my fathers side, and six of them died of lung cancer. Rosemary [Clooneys aunt] died of lung cancer, too, and she has emphysema. Both of my grandparents died of lung cancer. So I got quite a lesson in the payback later in life of smoking, and if you keep it up how bad it can be.

Theres not going to be a President Donald Trump. Fear is not going to drive our country. Were not afraid of Muslims or immigrants or women. Were not going to be afraid of anything.

[on Harvey Weinsteins alleged sexual misconduct] Its disturbing on a whole lot of levels, because there had to be a lot of people involved in covering that up

[on Harvey Weinsteins alleged sexual misconduct] Its indefensible. A lot of people are doing the you had to know thing right now, and yes, if youre asking if I knew that someone who was very powerful had a tendency to hit on young, beautiful women, sure. But I had no idea that it had gone to the level of having to pay off eight women for their silence, and that these women were threatened and victimized

Thank you President Trump for making Juneteenth famous

Salary (19)

Sisters (1991) $40,000 per episode
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) $250,000
One Fine Day (1996) $3,000,000
Batman & Robin (1997) $1,000,000
The Peacemaker (1997) $3,000,000
Out of Sight (1998) $10,000,000
Three Kings (1999) $5,000,000
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) $1,000,000
The Perfect Storm (2000) $8,000,000
Oceans Eleven (2001) $20,000,000
Intolerable Cruelty (2003) $15,000,000
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) $3 ($1 for directing, $1 for writing, $1 for acting)
Syriana (2005) $350,000
Oceans Thirteen (2007) $15,000,000
Gravity (2013) $20,000,000 + % of total revenue
The Monuments Men (2014) $2,000,000
Tomorrowland (2015) $25,000,000
Hail, Caesar! (2016) $10,000,000
Money Monster (2016) $20,000,000

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