16 Facts You Didn’t Know About George Clooney

George Clooney is one of those rare people who seem to inspire only admiration in people. In a long and successful career spanning almost four decades, the Hollywood superstar has somehow managed to avoid getting embroiled in any scandals and ruining his reputation. The 56-year-old first rose to fame when he starred in medical drama ER, and since those days in the early ’90s, he’s become the leading man in numerous blockbuster movies, including Ocean’s ElevenGravity, and Up In The Air. Clooney also won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Middle East thriller Syriana, and another one for Best Picture, this time as the producer of the political thriller Argo.

But there are still many other things you might not know about the handsome actor. Luckily, we have this list of interesting facts and tidbits, compiled by Diply. Check it out!

1. Being famous is in his genes

His parents were also celebs: his mother, Nina Bruce, was a beauty queen, and his father, Nick Clooney, was an anchorman and television host, who among other things, worked on the AMC network for five years. His aunt was Rosemary Clooney, the famous ’50s cabaret singer, and he is also distantly related to former US President Abraham Lincoln.


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2. He had Bell’s palsy in middle school

This condition meant that his face was partially paralyzed. It lasted for almost a year during which he was subjected to bullying by his classmates. But George took this as a learning experience, he learned to laugh about it, and he’s since said that it helped him become the man he is today.

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3. He really loved sports

Growing up, he really enjoyed baseball and basketball. In 1977, George tried out for the professional baseball team Cincinnati Reds, but he didn’t make the cut.

4. He never graduated college

He attended the Northern Kentucky University majoring in broadcast journalism. However, he didn’t like being compared to his father, so he abandoned his studies after a few years.


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5. He had regular jobs

Before making it as an actor, he worked normal jobs. He made a living out of stocking shelves, selling shoes, going from door to door to sell insurance, and cutting tobacco.


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6. He starred on ER and E/R

George first became famous for portraying Dr. Doug Ross on ER. However, a decade earlier, in 1984, he starred in a short-lived sitcom titled E/R.


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7. There are roles he regrets

Most of his work has been well-received both by critics and by viewers. But one of his roles is unforgettable for all the wrong reasons. George even apologized for taking part in Batman & Robin.

“Let me just say that I’d actually thought I’d destroyed the franchise until somebody else brought it back years later and changed it. I thought at the time that this was going to be a very good career move,” he said.



8. He got a brain injury on set

He was filming a scene for Syriana in which he was taped to a chair. The chair toppled, he fell, hit his head and punctured his dura, the outermost membrane of the brain. The resulting complications had him in excruciating pain.

“I basically bruised my brain. It’s bouncing around my head because it’s not supported by the spinal fluid,” he explained.



9. He suffered a motorcycle accident in New Jersey

In 2007, his motorcycle was hit by a car, and George and his then-girlfriend were injured in the accident. He was taken to the Palisades Medical Center, where, in the following weeks, dozens of the hospital staff were suspended without pay for violating federal law by looking at his medical records.


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10. He’s dated many celebrities

He’s been romantically involved with celebs like Kelly Preston, Lisa Snowdon, Renée Zellweger and Elisabetta Canalis. His first marriage was to actress Talia Balsam and it lasted from 1989 to 1993.


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11. In September of 2014, he married Amal Alamuddin

Clooney and the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer became engaged in April 2014 and tied the knot a few months later.

“I knew fairly quickly that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Amal,” George admitted. “I’m a much happier person and we have a very happy life.”


12. George and Amal have two children together

Their twins, Ella and Alexander, were born on June 6, 2017. The actor had joked that he wanted to name his kids Casa and Amigos after his tequila company Casamigos, but Amal vetoed the names.


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13. He’s extremely generous

Once he gave 14 of his friends a million dollars each, tax-free. The reason for this generosity was the gratitude he felt towards them for helping him out when he had just arrived in Los Angeles.


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14. He’s also very kind

An 87-year-old grandma who had said that she wanted to meet the actor got her wish. George surprised the old lady when he brought her a card and flowers for her birthday at the senior home she was living in.



15. He’s involved with humanitarian work

He helped establish the Not On Our Watch Project along with Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub. This organization aims at ending mass atrocities all around the world.

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16. He supports the Democratic Party

George publicly expressed his support for President Obama during the presidential elections in 2008 and 2012. He also endorsed Hilary Clinton when she ran for President in 2016.

Source: Diply