George Clooney Net Worth,Bio, Early Life, Acting Career, Breakthrough, Directing, Awards, Activism, Charity and Personal Life

Published Date   24th Aug. 2017, 00:20 am
George Clooney Net Worth,Bio, Early Life, Acting Career, Breakthrough, Directing, Awards, Activism, Charity and Personal Life
Quick Info
Birth Name: George Timothy Clooney
Date of Birth: 06/05/2017
Age: 6 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $500 million

American actor George Clooney net worth accelerated as he became a prominent actor with his role as Danny Ocean in Ocean’s Eleven films and for his Oscar winning performance in movie Syriana.


George Clooney is an Oscar award winning actor and director. Born in 1961, Clooney got his breakthrough role in 1992 when he played Dr. Doug Ross on television series ER. After gaining fame and prominence through this role, George Clooney net worth as the role made gateway to several hit film roles including Batman.

Clooney won an Academy Award in 2005 for his performance in Syriana. In 2014, Clooney made a big headline as he married human rights attorney and activist, Amal Alamuddin.

Early Life and Background

George Clooney was George Timothy Clooney born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky. He was born into a family full of media and entertainment personalities. His father, Nick, was a news anchor while, his aunt Rosemary Clooney was a singer and actress.

Because of Nick’s job as a television personality, George Clooney and his older sister, Ada, with the family moved to various locations in Kentucky and Ohio. In 1974, the family settled in downtown Augusta, Kentucky, south of Cincinnati.


Even though Nick Clooney was a recognizable television personality, he lived fairly modest life. His family was closely knit. Therefore, Nick would get some time out of his busy schedule to be with his family in Cincinnati.

Since Clooney had exposure to the entertainment industry at an early age, he showed attraction in the sector. In addition, he got to appear in television for the first time when he was 5 years old. George Clooney net worth rose from the early days as he played sketch characters on local talk show where Nick was the host.

Later, when Clooney was in middle school, he struggled with his expression as he developed Bell’s palsy. This illness caused him partial facial paralysis. However, he later recovered from the illness.

Beginning of Acting Career

Clooney focused more on sports when he was a school student; however, he still managed to be a good student with good grades. He was a good baseball player. Therefore, he went for a tryout with Cincinnati Reds at the age of 16, but he did not land a contract.

Later, Clooney stayed close to his home and attended Northern Kentucky University. There, he studied broadcast journalism. However, he hated how people continuously compared him with his father. Moreover, he thought he did not have the qualities he needs to be a good journalist. Therefore, he dropped out of the college in 1981 without any other plan.

Subsequently, Clooney stuck with jobs like shoe salesman and farmhand picking tobacco in Cincinnati. He had a cousin, Miguel Ferrel, son of Rosemary Clooney and Jose Ferrer—the Academy Award winner composer. Miguel Ferrer called Clooney when he was picking tobacco to offer him a role in a film Miguel and his father were making.

In the film, Clooney worked as an extra and got some lines. He worked there for three months. Further, Clooney loaned his old Monte Carlo to his uncle and cousin for $50 a day so that he could make more money. The movie never released. However, the acting experienced kicked Clooney’s passion of acting again.

Relocation to Los Angeles

Miguel encouraged Clooney to move to Los Angeles so that he could be an actor. Since Clooney was in a miserable job, he decided moving to LA would be a better option. In LA, he caught whatever work he could find to be able to fulfil his needs.

Eventually, George Clooney net worth heightened as he landed roles on teen comedy The Facts of Life from 1985 to 1987. Soon, he made guest appearances on sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1991. He then starred in series Bodies of Evidence and Sisters.

George Clooney net worth gained a new height as he landed in movies. He got a small role in 1993 thriller The Harvest. However, he reported that he did not land a significant career soon enough despite his strong work ethics.

Career Breakthrough

In 1994, Clooney became the cast of NBC medical drama ER. In the drama, he played Dr. Doug Ross, a caring pediatrician. Soon after, Clooney grabbed attention of viewers and film industry with classic good looks and charm. Therefore, George Clooney net worth grew drastically as the show’s breakout star.

After gaining popularity through ER, Clooney made his way up to the big screen and appeared in a number of movies. He made appearances in From Dusk to Dawn (1996), One Fine Day (1996) and Batman & Robin (1997) as Batman. The movie Batman & Robin accumulated more than $107 million which rose George Clooney net worth and recognition both.

He also starred in Out of Sight (1998) opposite to Jennifer Lopez and war drama The Red Line. George Clooney won a Golden Globe Award for retelling of poem The Odyssey in film O Brother, Where Are Thou?

Later Career and Awards

In 2001, Clooney played Danny Ocean in the remake of Ocean’s Eleven along with Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bernie Mac and Matt Damon. Since the movie became a successful one, it generated two more sequels, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.

Clooney made his directorial debut in 2001 with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002). The film gathered poor reviews and box office performances. However, he continued to work behind the scenes. A couple of years later, he produced political drama Syriana.

In addition to serving as producer, he starred in the movie Syriana. While filming a scene of the movie that explored political corruption in Middle East, Clooney got badly injured. Clooney’s membrane around spine got damaged that led spinal fluid to leak from his nose and terrible back pain. As a result, he underwent 2 surgeries after the injury after completion of the film.

Nevertheless, Clooney’s hard work in Syriana earned him an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2005. Moreover, he earned nominations for another project, Good Night, and Good Luck the same year, which he had directed. Further, he had co-written the screenplay. He gathered enough praise in addition to earning his first nomination for best director and best original screenplay for the movie.

George Clooney net worth continued to rise as she starred in 2009 comedy drama Up in the Air where he played Ryan Bingham. Additionally, he served as star, director and co-writer for The Ides of March in 2011 demonstrating his versatility and multiple talents.

In 2011, Clooney appeared in family drama The Descendants for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Similarly, George Clooney net worth hiked after winning Academy Award in 2013 for Best Picture after producing Argo.

Furthermore, he was featured in sci-fi movie The Gravity (2013) and starred and directed The Monuments Men (2014). In 2015, George Clooney net worth grew even more after winning the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award.

Political Activism, Charity and Recognition

Being an outspoken and liberal person, the right-wing personalities have always targeted him. He expressed his disappointment after George W. Bush became the president in 2000. The utter opponent of Iraq War, Clooney even called the president “dim” for his response in the war.

Clooney organized a fundraising through which he assembled more than $129 million for the United Way after 9/11 attack. Following hurricane Katrina, he donated $1 million to the United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund.

In 2006, he along with the team that involved his father and few other went to travel the western region of Sudan, Darfur. They went there with video cameras to set report on how the international community was struggling to set refugee camp for the people of the area damaged vastly by war. Their aim was to drag attention to Darfur crisis and ignite interest of people in helping the region. Their footage was broadcasted in programs including Oprah.

After returning back to the US, Clooney spoke at a rally against the genocide in Darfur in Washington D.C and UNSC. Moreover, he formed a non-profit organization Not On Out Watch along with other celebrities including Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. The aim of the organization was to help the people in Darfur.

In 2007, George Clooney net worth heightened as he and Cheadle received a Peace Summit Award. They travelled to Rome to attend the 8th Annual World Summit of Novel Peace Prize Laureates. In 2008, Clooney got appointed as a UN peace envoy during the time of which his parents were beside him.

Personal Life and Relationships

Clooney has maintained balance of his private life and Hollywood fame. He follows his aunt, Rosemary’s advice about smoking and fitness. The Hollywood star Rosemary fell prey to addiction and depression after experiencing massive fame in her early career.

George Clooney was married to American actress Talia Balsam, but the couple did not last long. Later, Clooney vowed that he will never marry again or have children. But, he started dating American actress Stacy Keibler in 2011. A couple of years later, they parted away.

A year after splitting with Keibler, George Clooney proposed human rights lawyer, Amal Alamuddin. The fascinating lawyer and activist, Alamuddin is a Lebanese-born British who has represented high-profile clients. Clooney and Alamuddin married on September 27, 2014 in Venice, Italy.

In February 2017, the news about Alamuddin’s pregnancy came up and the couple were expecting twins. The couple is not parents to a girl and a boy, Ella and Alexander born on June 6, 2017 in London.

Acknowledgment and Net Worth

The award winning actor George Clooney net worth increased with his work which also increased his reputation. People magazine called him “Sexiest Man Alive” and TIME magazine called him ‘The Last Movie Star”.

With the enormous fame and remarkable work, George Clooney net worth rose to $500 million in 2017.

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