Name: George Timothy Clooney
Birthdate: May 6, 1961
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Before They Were Stars: George Timothy Clooney was born to Nina Warren and TV host Nick Clooney. George got his start on shows like The Facts of Life, Roseanne and E/R (no, not the show that catapulted him to fame. This was a different series. Really). But his obscurity was as short-lived as his marriage to Talia Balsam. His role on ER as Dr. Doug Ross turned him into a sex symbol, and launched his film career.
Where Are They Now: Although his first few forays into features went bust (lackluster rom-com One Fine Day, superhero super-dud Batman & Robin), a string of offbeat starring rolesâ€”a hot bank robber in Out of Sight, a charming escaped convict in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, a suave criminal mastermind in the Oceans flicksâ€”turned him into a sought-after matinee idol. In 2005, he proved he was a lot more than a pretty face by earning Oscar nods for writing and directing the historical drama Good Night, and Good Luck, and actually snagged a statuette for his supporting role in the oil epic Syriana. This year heâ€™s starring in two probable Academy Award contenders: the family drama The Descendants and the political thriller The Ides of March. When not making audiences swoon, he pursues philanthropic projects and lots of lovely ladies.
Snakkle Snippet: Clooneyâ€™s aunt was late singer Rosemary Clooney, and his cousin is character actor Miguel Ferrer.
Snakkle Buy: Buy ER: The Complete First Season to see how George Swoony began.