Biography of George Clooney

George Clooney is perhaps more widely known as a Hollywood actor than as a director, but in recent years he has delved into producing and directing as well. He is known as a leading man, a sex symbol, and a formidable talent in Hollywood. After appearing in films for years, Clooney directed his first film, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in 2002 to mainly positive reviews. Good Night, and Good Luck was his second directorial effort.

Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1961 and started out acting in television before transitioning to film. He has won 3 Golden Globe awards and 2 Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing. He is one of the highest grossing actors of all time, making a $1.9 billion total box office gross off of his films. Notable acting credits include One Fine Day, Batman and Robin, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Ocean's Eleven franchise, Syriana, Michael Clayton, The Descendants, and Up in the Air.

Other directorial works include The Ides of March, Leatherheads, The Monuments Men, and the upcoming Suburbicon. He is also an active philanthropist and political activist, in addition to his work in entertainment.

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