George Clooney Biography |
  • George Clooney Biography

    Born: June 05, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA

    GEORGE CLOONEY is recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry.

    Clooney’s achievements as a performer and a filmmaker have earned him two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, four SAG Awards, one BAFTA award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, an Emmy and four National Board of Review Awards. When Clooney received his eighth Academy Award nomination last fall, he earned a special spot in the Oscar record books. He has now been nominated in more categories than anyone else in Oscar history.

    Clooney through his production company Smokehouse, is currently producing, directing and starring in “The Monuments Men” for Smokehouse and Sony Pictures. The film, which he co-wrote with his producing partner Grant Heslov, is based on the historical book “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.” The film also stars Matt Damon, John Goodman, Cate Blanchette, Bill Murray and Jean Dujardin.

    Smokehouse, along with Jean Doumanian Productions, produced a film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play “August: Osage County” starring Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor, and Julia Roberts for The Weinstein Company.

    Clooney will star with Sandra Bullock in director Alfonso Cuarón’s drama “Gravity” for Warner Bros, which will be released in the fourth quarter of this year. In December 2014, he will begin production in Brad Bird’s sci-fi film “Tomorrowland” for Walt Disney Pictures.

    Smokehouse’s recent films include Warner Bros’ Academy Award winning drama “Argo,” and “The Ides of March.” “Ides,” which Clooney co-wrote, directed and starred in, received Golden Globe nominations for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture Drama. In addition, the film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

    In 2011, Clooney starred in Alexander Payne’s "The Descendants" for Fox Searchlight. Clooney won the Critics’ Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and National Board of Review Award for Best Actor. In addition, he received a SAG nomination and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

    In 2009, Clooney starred in the critically acclaimed film “Up in the Air.” He received an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor for his performance. He also won National Board of Review and New York Film Critics’ Circle Awards for “Up in the Air.”

    When Clooney received his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for “Syriana” in 2006, he also earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for “Good Night, And Good Luck.” It was the first time in Academy history that an individual had received acting and directing nominations for two different films in the same year.

    Clooney and Heslov first worked together at Section Eight, a company in which Clooney was partnered with Steven Soderbergh. Section Eight productions included “Ocean’s 11,” “Ocean’s 12,” “Ocean’s 13,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Good German,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “Syriana,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “The Jacket,” “Full Frontal” and "Welcome To Collinwood."

    Before his film career, Clooney starred in several television series’, becoming best known to TV audiences for his five years on the hit NBC drama "ER." His portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross earned him Golden Globe, SAG, People’s Choice and Emmy Award nominations.

    For Section Eight’s television division, Clooney was an executive producer and directed five episodes of “Unscripted,” a reality-based show that debuted on HBO. He also was executive producer and cameraman on "K Street,” another show featured on HBO.

    Clooney was also executive producer and co-star of the live television broadcast of "Fail-Safe," an Emmy-winning telefilm developed through his Maysville Pictures. “Fail-Safe” was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The telefilm was based on the early 1960s novel of the same name.

    Clooney is a strong First Amendment advocate with a deep commitment to humanitarian causes. In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to drought-stricken Darfur, Africa, to film the documentary “Journey to Darfur.” Clooney’s work on behalf of Darfur relief led to his addressing the United Nations Security Council. He also narrated the Darfur documentary “Sand and Sorrow.” In 2006, he received the American Cinematheque Award and the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

    In 2007, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub founded “Not On Our Watch,” an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur.

    Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur, one of them was the 2007 Peace Summit Award, given at the eighth World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace, one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts.

    In January of 2010, Clooney, along with Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, produced the “Hope for Haiti Now!” telethon, which raised more than $66 million, setting a new record for donations made by the public through a disaster-relief telethon.

    The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Clooney with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2010 Primetime Emmys.

    Later that year, Clooney received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award for his dedication to humanitarian efforts in Sudan and Haiti.

    In December of 2010, Clooney, along with the United Nations, Harvard University and Google, launched “The Satellite Sentinel Project,” an effort to monitor violence and human-rights violations between Southern and Northern Sudan. “Not on Our Watch” funded new monitoring technology, which allows private satellites to take photographs of any potential threats to civilians, detect bombs, observe the movement of troops and note any other evidence of possible mass violence.

    In March of 2012, Clooney was part of the delegation that peacefully demonstrated in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., calling worldwide attention to the human-rights violations being committed in Sudan, which resulted in his arrest.

    Most recently, Clooney was the honoree at the Carousel of Hope Ball, which benefits the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC).




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