Since the 1980s, heartthrob George Clooney has been sharing his incredible acting talents (and good looks) with the world. However, the man who has stolen the hearts of millions is more than just a handsome actor. Keep reading find out some interesting facts about George Clooney that will help clear up some of the rumors you may have heard through the tabloids.
Made First TV Appearance At 5-Years-Old
The entertainment industry was actually in George’s blood. George’s father, Nick, was the host of a local talk show in Kentucky. As George was an adorable kid, of course, Nick had to bring him on his show. George made his first appearance playing a sketch character when he was only 5-years-old.
Tried Out For Professional Baseball
With all the roles he has played, one has to wonder what can’t he do? To add on to the list, you can write down sports. When he was young, Clooney thoroughly enjoyed playing baseball. Not only did he enjoy it, but he excelled at the game. So much so, that he landed a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds when he was only 16-years-old. However, the team never gave him a contract.
Bell’s Palsy is a medical condition that causes weakness or temporary paralysis of the muscles in the face. It occurs when the nerve that controls your facial muscles is irritated or inflamed. When Clooney was in middle school, he was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Middle school is a tough time for any age. However, Clooney saw this as a way to grow and learn. He eventually recovered from the illness after dealing with it for close to year.
Almost Became A Journalist
George Clooney’s father Nick had a rather successful career on television. He worked as a news anchor, talk show host and a game show host. When George decided he wanted to go to college, he chose to major in broadcast journalism. However, that didn’t last long. Clooney felt he wouldn’t be that great of a TV journalist and he was tired of getting compared to his father.
Worked As A Farmhand
George Clooney is not afraid to get his hands dirty. After leaving college, unsure what his next step in life would be, he picked up a few odd jobs. First, he worked as shoes salesman and later got a job as a farmhand picking tobacco. However, he didn’t remain in this job long as he soon caught the acting bug.
Cousin Convinced Him To Act
While he was working as a farmhand, George got a call from his cousin, Miguel Ferrer. Miguel is the son of Rosemary Clooney and Academy Award winner Jose Ferrer. Jose was making a film in Kentucky and he wanted George to come down and act in it. He agreed, and George performed as an extra in the movie. The movie never got released but it was enough to peak George’s interest in acting.
In September 2007, Clooney and his then-girlfriend Sarah Larson were riding on his motorcycle. His motorcycle was hit by a car. Clooney said the driver was signaling left but last minute attempted to go right. The driver said Clooney was attempting to pass on the right. Clooney went to the hospital for his injuries. Over 2 dozen staff members at the hospital, where he was being treated, were suspended because they looked at Clooney’s medical records in violation with federal law.
From ‘E/R’ To ‘ER’
Ironically enough, Clooney’s first major role came on a sitcom series called E/R. E/R was a show about a fictional hospital in Chicago, the happenings of the emergency room, and the doctors who worked there. Sounds familiar, right? That may be because Clooney went on to work on a very similar series called ER. His role on ER, as Dr. Doug Ross, is what really shot Clooney into fame.
Hung Up His Scrubs For Film
After appearing for nearly 5 years on ER, Clooney decided it was time to move on. As he was now known throughout Hollywood, he believed it was time to pursue film full time. He had already appeared in blockbuster hits such as From Dusk to Dawn (1996), One Fine Day (1996), and Batman & Robin (1997). Hollywood producers were excited to hear the news and quickly began knocking at his door.
Directorial Debut Disaster
After performing in several successful films. Clooney thought it was time he would step up to directorial plate. He made his directing debut in 2002 with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. The film was a biopic about Chuck Barris, the host of The Gong Show and reportedly a CIA agent. The film received very poor reviews by the critics and didn’t perform well at the box office.
Actor Turned Activist
In 2006, Clooney decided it was time for him to us his status for a good cause. He and his father traveled to Darfur, Sudan. The country was being torn apart by war. Clooney filmed the crisis to create a documentary on the tragedy. After returning to the States, he spoke at a rally in Washington, D.C. condemning the genocide in Darfur. He along with other celebs formed “Not on Our Watch” – a nonprofit to help the people of Darfur.
Clooney Is A Divorcee
Many do not remember, but Clooney was previously married before he met Amal. He was married to fellow actress Talia Balsam, from 1989-1993. Years after they got divorced, Balsam told People magazine “I probably – definitely – wasn’t someone who should have been married at the point.” Luckily, they both were able to move on and find new partners.
A 25 Minute Proposal To Amal
Clooney admits that his proposal was not one of the most romantic. He had made dinner for Amal and hid the ring in a box behind where she would be sitting. Clooney said to Ellen DeGeners, Amal “reaches around and she pulls out the box and I’ve got just the ring sitting in there, and she pulls it out, and she looks at it, and she’s like, ‘It’s a ring,’ like as if somebody had left it there some other time.” After finding the ring, he recounted how much he loved her and how he would like to marry her. He knows the whole ordeal took 25 minutes, because there was a playlist going.
Clooney Believed He Would Never Have Kids
Clooney’s reputation was always the handsome, eligible bachelor. That is, of course, until he met Amal. Prior to meeting her, he never thought he would have children. Clooney said to People in 2006, “I think it’s the most responsible thing you can do, to have kids. It’s not something to be taken lightly. I don’t have that gene that people have to replicate. But everything in my life has changed over time.”
Twins Are Full Of Personality
In 2017, Amal and George welcomed twins, who they named Alexander and Ella. Clooney has told media that his twins, although only a few months old, have so much personality. “[Alexander] is a thug already. He’s a moose! Literally, he just sits and he eats,” he told US Weekly. “He looks like he could bounce right now, some place in Hollywood …like, checking IDs on the way into the nursery.” As for his daughter Ella he said “She’s very elegant, and all eyes. She looks like Amal, thank God.”