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Join WatchMojo as we take a look at the unparalleled career of Oscar winning actor George Clooney.
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Female Speaker: He transcended his humble beginnings as a television actor to became one of the brightest stars in Hollywood. Welcome watchmojo.com and today we are taking a look at the career of academy award winning actor George Clooney.
George Clooney: You know, if I'm in a right part I think I can do the job really well. I truly believe that actors or the performances come down to number one is script and number two director.
Female Speaker: Born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky he developed an admiration for television early on his life, due to his father being an anchorman and game show host. This resulted in his loss of interest in school and his choice to drop out of the University of Cincinnati to pursue work as an actor in L.A. Already too old to realize his dream of becoming a member of the Brat Pack, he was initially unable to get his foot in the door and fell into a deep depression. After taking on odd jobs such as selling insurance, he finally secured a small part in the role of George Burnett, “In the facts of life”.
After accepting several television parts, he eventually made his film debut in the 1987 film, “Return to Horror High”, before starring in “Return of the Killer Tomatoes”. However his big break came with the Michael Crichton hospital drama “ER.” This show became an instead phenomenon and propelled his career to unseen heights.
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Female Speaker: I'm an attorney.
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Female Speaker: How dare you speak to me this way.
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Female Speaker: He was then able to land the role of Seth Gecko in Quentin Tarantino's vampire flick, “From Dusk Till Dawn” before wooing Michelle Pfeiffer character in the romantic comedy, “One Fine Day”. In 1997, Clooney start as a soldier how to stop a nuclear threat in DreamWorks first ever feature “The Peacemaker”, that same year he also took over the title role in Joel Schumacher's, “Batman & Robin”. Not only was the film blamed with killing of the original batman movie franchise, but also was so terrible that the actor took a year to carefully select his next script.
Male Speaker: Have you ever regretted your life working here.
Female Speaker: This resulted in his participation in the production “Out of Sight” opposite Jennifer Lopez, despite the film losing money at the box office, it's high critical praise rekindle the actor's reputation. Afterward, he start in the satirical war movie “Three Kings” and made head lines for personally financing it's startling cow explosion scene.
Male Speaker: What was that?
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Male Speaker: Why would you do that?
Female Speaker: In 2000, Clooney went on to massive international box office success with the big budget film adaptation of “The Perfect Storm” and managed a Golden Globe Win for the Coen Brothers Chain Gang Musical “O brother where art thou?”
Female Speaker: But his greatest box office success was the star studded crime caper “Ocean's Eleven”, a movie so popular that it garnered two sequels. At the same time, he took a trip to space in Steven Soderbergh's, “Solaris” and was nominated for several awards for his role as Fred Friendly in “Good Night, And Good Luck”. Miraculously, he quickly dwarfed the success by winning an “Oscar for best supporting actor” in the political drama, “Syriana”.
In 2006, he became highly involved in humanitarian work particularly in the Darfur region, this soon had people magazine naming him the sexiest man alive for the second time in his career, the first being in 1997. Keeping busy he also spend that years starring in “The Good German” and earning yet another academy award nomination shortly after for his role in “Michael Clayton”.
Male Speaker: Don't you know who I am, I am a fixer. I'm a bad man, I do everything from shoplifting housewives to Congressman and you are going to kill me.
Female Speaker: Changing pace in 2009, the actor lends his voice to West Anderson's adaptation of the “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, a character that personified his public persona as a scoundrel with many likable and redeeming qualities. As if that wasn't fascinating enough he also played an army psychic in the comedy, “The Men Who Stare At Goats” while still earning high praise for his performance in “Up in the Air.” In 2010, Clooney star as an assassin in the drama thriller, “The American.”