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George Clooney

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Before George Clooney was a quadruple threat (actor/writer/director/producer), perennial Oscar nominee, a salt-and-pepper prankster palling around with Brad Pitt and Matt Damon at his palatial Lake Como retreat, a motorcycle-riding humanitarian and political activist unafraid of jail or republicans, or a two-time Sexiest Man Alive winner, he was nicknamed Frankenstein after a vicious bout with Bell’s Palsy, had a mighty mullet, dropped out of college, lived in a friend’s walk-in closet and made ends meet throughout the ‘80s with bit parts in forgettable TV shows (Throb, Street Hawk) and movies (Return Of The Killer Tomatoes!). Even a two-season run as The Facts of Life carpenter, a relationship with Kelly Preston (who he originally bought his beloved pet pig Max for), and quitting Baby Talk, the TV version of Look Who's Talking, after five episodes to stand up for an actress he felt was being unfairly humiliated failed to make him a household name. That all changed when he donned Dr. Ross’ scrubs in 1994 for ER, a top-rated show that garnered Clooney two Lead Actor Emmy nominations during his five-year run. It also got him back on the big screen (From Dusk Till Dawn, One Fine Day, The Peacemaker, Batman and Robin, The Perfect Storm, Ocean’s franchise). He has since tried his hand at writing (Good Night, and Good Luck) and directing (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and has become a regular fixture at awards shows. He won a Golden Globe for O Brother Where Art Thou? and Oscars for Syriana (Best Supporting Actor) and Argo (Best Picture producer). He also earned Oscar nods for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor (three times). Although he was married once before to Talia Balsam, he has famously swore off marriage. Instead, he has dated a string of much-younger waitresses (Celine Balitran, Sarah Larson) and actresses (Krista Allen, Lisa Snowdon, Elisabetta Canalis and current flame since 2011 Stacy Keibler).

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