Actor Profile: George Clooney

by Jen

Actor, director, writer. Recent articles have correctly named George Clooney a triple threat when it comes to this year’s Oscar race. Personally garnering three nominations, he tied a record held by Orson Welles which will put him in the Oscar trivia books forever even if he doesn’t win. With his second feature film Good Night, and Good Luck Clooney has shown himself to be far more than what tabloids might make you believe. Nephew of Hollywood legend Rosemary Clooney, George has proven himself to be more than capable of following in her footsteps of stardom. What makes him different and someone you should watch is he does it with an effortless humor and style that’s completely his own.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, George Clooney is the son of a journalist and a former runner up for Miss Kentucky so it might be understandable that he’s used to a certain degree of public life. With an older sister and five cousins, he proved himself a performer early on and was known for charming audiences on his father Nick’s local TV show with a humor he still has to this day. There was more to him though. A natural athlete, he played both baseball and basketball. He went so far with his baseball career that he was even selected for the final day of tryouts for his hometown Cincinnati Reds. Luckily, he didn’t make it and moved on to other things.

His first work that people remember came after stints of being a face that people knew, but whose name escaped them. He was known as “that guy” until he appeared on The Facts of Life and Roseanne along with a memorable stint on Sisters. He also learned the hard lesson of failure though. With a string of cancelled shows, he had seen both sides of the television industry. Perhaps that was why, when success finally game with a vengence, he took to it with such humility. Commonly quoted as saying he was just happy to be a part of ER, it’s not a secret that Dr. Doug Ross is one of the most memorable characters to come through County General’s doors.

While on TV, Clooney began to build his film career with projects that allowed him to step outside what people knew him for. Starring alongside some of Hollywood’s elite, he built a solid foundation with movies like From Dusk Til Dawn and the romantic comedy One Fine Day. There was also his turn as Batman. Though he’s been quoted as saying he’s ruined the franchise, it can’t be denied that he was one of the more charming men to step into the role of Bruce Wayne. Slowly, he began to move away from choosing jobs and started making his moviemaking decisions based on the quality of the script. Those decisions have paid off with both box office and critical successes including The Peacemaker which was the first feature film by Dreamworks Studio. Adding to it the quirky comedy O Brother Where Art Thou, Clooney was successfully making the mark he wanted in Hollywood. Like his success with ER, he reached a point in his movies where success came quickly with a little film called Ocean’s 11. A remake of a Hollywood classic, it was an ensemble movie that included Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon but Clooney’s charismatic turn as Danny Ocean helped make it a blockbuster. From that movie formed the partnership of Ocean’s 11 director Steven Soderbergh and Clooney in what is now known as Section Eight productions.

Since his days on ER, George Clooney has emerged as far more than just a handsome face. He’s proven himself to be talented in arenas people might not expect him to even make a mark in. But of course, isn’t that the real talent of any triple threat?

Good Night, and Good Luck is being rereleased in time for Oscar consideration and will be back in theaters on Feb. 3. All of Clooney’s other work is available on DVD, and ER can be seen daily on TNT and in syndication. Check your local listings.

Information Credit: IMDB.com and ClooneyNetwork.com
Picture Credit: ClooneyNetwork.com

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
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Anonymous March 18, 2006 at 7:51 am

Good actor–yes. Should have anything to do with a christiam based site–not in a positive way. He is a spokes person for the liberal agenda, and there beliefs. He may be sincere and nice, but he is for abortion, dress how you feel, relationships without marriage, anti-Bush, homosexual behavior not a sin, gun control etc…Do not want my daughters to look up to him in anyway.

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Jenn March 27, 2006 at 8:16 pm

I don’t believe that politics have any base in his review of an actor. Clooney is, and unflinchingly so, a liberal. But he’s also an Oscar caliber filmmaker, activist for the United Way, and has done a lot simply to help out. Politics or not. I get where you’re coming from though, but I think Clooney can be admired for three things: 1. Working hard to speak out on the topics he is passionate about. 2. His inarguable talent as an actor and a filmmaker. 3. His ability to promote discussion. Quoted from Clooney himself:

“Every citizen has the responsibility to speak out, that’s what our country was founded on. Speaking out is an active part of what our constitution was designed for, which is to question authority. And as a country, when we’ve grown is when we’ve questioned authority, including the civil rights movement, and women’s rights, and virtually everything we’ve had to change in our country that was flawed.”

Clooney himself would perhaps make the point that he doesn’t necessarily expect you to agree with his choices, but to be willing to discuss them in an open manner. Our country isn’t perfect, but perhaps through that sort of conversation it can be made better.

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Jen March 29, 2006 at 2:31 pm

I agree with anonymous; we want to promote people who are positive role models in every way. Just being a good actor doesn’t make someone a good person or a good role model. I didn’t know anything about the guy– I don’t watch many movies or keep up with all of that celebrity stuff, but from what was said he doesn’t sound like a good role model. A way Satan can negatively influence young people is through celebrities they admire and want to be like. I think this happens most often with music celebrities but it can happen with actors too.

This is a Christian based site so we aren’t only concerned about whether or not someone is a good actor.

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Jenn March 29, 2006 at 5:06 pm

I’m sincerely sorry for all the offense I’ve caused. I wrote the piece on him due to the fact that of all the Oscar nominees this year…his was the only movie that wasn’t about something I found grossly inappropriate. My apologies again and if you want to remove the post…please do so.

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Jen March 29, 2006 at 8:00 pm

It’s not a big deal, I just want to make sure we aren’t sending messages that are interpreted in a way we don’t mean them to be. You’re doing great; thanks for all you do and keep up the good work!

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