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George Clooney stars in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants," opposite Shailene Woodley and Beau Bridges, as Matt King. Clooney is also the director, co-screenwriter and producer of the thriller "The Ides of March," in which he also stars as Governor Mike Morris. Clooney's recent film credits include Focus Features' dramatic thriller "The American," in which he starred and also served as a producer.

Academy Award winner George Clooney has gone from actor to producer to executive producer to screenwriter
George Clooney in "The Ides of March"
George Clooney The Ides of March
to director. In 2006, Clooney received three Academy Award nominations: for Best Director, for Best Original Screenplay ("Good Night, and Good Luck") and for Best Supporting Actor ("Syriana"). It was the first time in Academy history that an individual received acting and directing nominations for two different films. Clooney won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and Golden Globe for "Syriana," of which he was also an executive producer. He was also nominated for SAG, BAFTA and Critics Choice Awards.

In 2009, George Clooney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Ryan Bingham in "Up in the Air," which was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the Year. Clooney also won the National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle awards for Best Actor and received Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, Critics Choice Award, Chicago Film Critics and many other nominations for the role.

One of the most critically acclaimed films of 2007 was "Michael Clayton," for Warner Bros. Clooney's performance earned him a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

In April of 2008, Clooney starred in "Leatherheads," a romantic comedy he directed for Universal. It was the first film produced by Smokehouse, the production company Clooney formed with Grant Heslov. Next for Smokehouse Productions is "The Men Who Stare at Goats" directed by Heslov and starring Clooney as a former member of the U.S. Army¹s First Earth Battalion. In 2009, Clooney was seen in the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading," which reunited him for the third time with the filmmakers. (He also worked with them on "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and "Intolerable Cruelty.") That same year, he voiced the title character in 20th Century Fox's animated feature "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

Heslov and Clooney worked together at Section Eight, a company in which Clooney was partnered with Steven Soderbergh. Section Eight produced many films, including "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."

In 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 was executive producer and cameraman on "K Street," also for HBO. Clooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," for Miramax, winning the Special Achievement in Film Award from the National Board of Review.

For his second directorial project, "Good Night, and Good Luck," in 2005, in addition to Oscar nominations for writing and directing, he also won the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America and the Freedom Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film also earned Clooney nominations for two Golden Globes, two BAFTAs, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award, two Critics Choice Awards, a WGA Award and a DGA Award.

In 2006, he won the American Cinematheque Award and the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Clooney received critical acclaim for the award-winning drama "Three Kings" (Warner Bros.) and the Oscar-nominated "Out of Sight" (Universal). His other film credits include "Solaris" (Fox), "The Peacemaker" (DreamWorks), "Batman & Robin" (Warner Bros.), "One Fine Day" (20th Century Fox) and" From Dusk Till Dawn" (Miramax).

He has starred in several television series but is 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, Screen Actors Guild, People's Choice and Emmy nominations.

Clooney was 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 film was based on the early 1960s novel of the same name.

The son of an anchorman, Clooney has also become a strong First Amendment advocate with a deep commitment to humanitarian causes. In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to Darfur to film the documentary "Journey to Darfur." His work on behalf on Darfur relief led to his addressing the United Nations Security Council. He also narrated the Darfur documentary "Sand and Sorrow."

In 2007, Clooney, along with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub, co-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 was the 2007 Peace Summit Award given at The 8th World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at their annual meeting in Rome. Among those presiding over the ceremonies were Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni, Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace. He was 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 the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2010 Primetime Emmys. He was the fourth recipient of this prestigious award.

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.

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Age: 55 years old
Birthday: May 6, 1961
Height: 5' 11"
Nickname: Gorgeous George
Full Name / Real Name: George Timothy Clooney
Birthplace: Lexington, KY
Wife: Talia Balsam (12/15/1989 - September 1993, divorced)

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