George Clooney

On this date in 1961, Oscar-winning actor George Clooney was born in Lexington, K.Y. Clooney, whose aunt was the famous singer Rosemary Clooney, attended Northern Kentucky University. Clooney's acting career began on television in the early 1980s, where he played in such shows as "Roseanne." He was a regular on "ER" from 1994-1999. Clooney has made numerous movies, including a comic turn as a skeptical, Depression-era Ulysses, in "O Brother, Where Art Thou" (2000). Other notable movies include "Three Kings" (1999), "The Perfect Storm" (2000), and "Ocean's Eleven" (2001). Clooney has directed films, include "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005), and has worked with Stephen Soderbergh, the freethinking director. Clooney won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Syriana" (2005). His Oscar nominations include Best Actor for "Up in the Air" (2009), Best Actor for "Michael Clayton" (2007), and both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for "Good Night, and Good Luck" (2005). He won Golden Globes for "Syriana" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

“I don't believe in heaven and hell. I don't know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won't allow this life—the only thing I know to exist—to be wasted.”

—George Clooney, profile in Washington Post (Sep. 28, 1997)

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