Small Beginnings: George Clooney

    Today’s episode of Small Beginnings is a Happy Birthday honor to an American actor, filmmaker and activist and one of the 100 most influential people today (according to Time Magazine): George Clooney.

    George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6th in 1961 in Kentucky. Most of his family was already active in the show business. Going to school in Ohio and Kentucky and majoring in journalism, he went on to earning money instead of graduating – selling women’s shoes, insurance and working construction.

    He starred in several television series like “E/R“, “The Facts of Life“ and “Roseanne“ before hitting the big deal in NBC’s medical drama “Emergency Room“ as Dr. Doug Ross, earning him several nominations, including a Golden Globe. While working on ER, Clooney started appearing in feature films like “From Dusk till Dawn“ (1996) and “Out of Sight“ (1998), which was the first of many collaborations with director Steven Soderbergh.

    In 2002 Clooney directed “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind“, which was his first time directing and showed a lot of potential despite the fact that the movie itself was not successful. Three years later he directed “Good Night, and Good Luck“ and got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. From there he continued to act, direct and produce until today but resigned from the Writers Guild of America in 2008 due to a writing-credit disagreement.

    His latest films are “Tomorrowland“ (2015), “Hail, Ceasar!“ (2016) and “Money Monster“ (2016). Today Clooney is the only person who has been nominated for an Academy Award in six different categories. Besides his film work he is also well known for his humanitarian work and political investment, encouraging support of minorities and refugees.

    We wish Mr. Clooney a Happy Birthday and all the best for his film work as well as his investment into humanitarian work.

    I had to stop going to auditions thinking, ‘Oh, I hope they like me.’
    I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem.
    – George Clooney

     

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