George Timothy Clooney (born May 6,
1961) is an American actor, film director, producer, and
screenwriter. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his
work as an actor, and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the
other for producing.
Clooney is also noted for his political
activism, and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers
of Peace since January 31, 2008.
Clooney made his acting debut on
television in 1978, and later gained wide recognition in his
role as Dr. Douglas "Doug" Ross on the long-running medical
drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Emmy Award
nominations. While working on ER, he began attracting a variety
of leading roles in films, including Batman & Robin (1997) and
Out of Sight (1998), in which he first worked with long-term
collaborator Steven Soderbergh. In 1999 Clooney took the lead
role in Three Kings, a well-received war satire set during the
Gulf War. In 2001, Clooney's fame widened with the release of
his biggest commercial success, Ocean's Eleven, the first of a
profitable film trilogy, a remake of the 1960 film which starred
members of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean. He
made his directorial debut a year later with the 2002
biographical thriller Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and has
since directed Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Leatherheads
(2008), and The Ides of March (2011). He won an Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Middle East
thriller Syriana (2005) and subsequently gained Best Actor
nominations for such films as Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the
Air (2009) and The Descendants (2011). In 2013, he received the
Academy Award for Best Picture for producing the film Argo,
alongside Ben Affleck and Grant Heslov. He is the only person to
ever be nominated for Academy Awards in six different
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