George Clooney is one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs. He has been in the entertainment industry for several years now and has continued to capture the hearts of people from all over the world with his amazing good looks and charming personality. On top of that, Clooney is incredibly kind-hearted and dedicated to pursuing his passion.
Clooney gained widespread popularity with his role as Dr. Doug Ross on “ER” from 1994 to 1999, before going on to land several leading roles in films. Some of his most popular works include “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” and “Argo.” He has received plenty of awards and accolades over the years and was even awarded the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
While Clooney has definitely made his mark on the entertainment industry for his work as an actor, director and producer, he has also made his mark for his charitable contributions. Time and again, the star has gone out of his way to give back to others and inspire people to do their part to help those in need.
Considering how handsome, talented and sincere Clooney is, it’s not surprising that he is married. The actor was married once during the start of his career but was famously single for a good portion of his time in the spotlight. However, that all changed when he finally found the love of his life with his wife, Amal. Amal is intelligent, charitable and extremely beautiful and is the apple of Clooney’s eye. Read on to find out more about Clooney’s gorgeous wife and their heartwarming love story.
Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky. He later moved to Augusta and did well in high school academically as well as with extracurricular activities. He played sports and even tried out for a professional baseball team but never made it. It seemed like higher education wasn’t necessarily the right path for Clooney, as he attended two schools for a couple of years but never ended up graduating. Instead, he picked up odd jobs here and there to make ends meet.
Fortunately, his talent in acting would soon help him make a living. Clooney has been a notable star since the 1990s, although his career began in the late 1970s. Prior to his breakthrough moment, the actor appeared as an extra on the TV mini-series “Centennial” in 1978. The show was based on the novel of the same name by James A. Michener and was even partly filmed near Clooney’s hometown.
Reflecting on his successful career with Cinema Blend, Clooney talked about the moment that he knew he realized he had made it. He said:
“I was walking through the streets of New York half way through the first season of ‘ER,’ and I’d been on a lot of TV shows so people would kind of recognize me, ‘It’s that guy from that thing,’ and I remember walking down the streets in Manhattan and them going, ‘Hey George,’ and they knew your name as opposed to your character. I remember that was a moment where I thought, ‘Things have changed.'”
Success On Television
The actor had his breakthrough when he played Dr. Doug Ross in the medical drama “ER” from 1994 to 1999. Other notable stars to come from the series include Anthony Edwards, Noah Wyle and Julianna Marguiles. Clooney found great fame and recognition from his role, and even though he left the show in 1999, he made a cameo during a later season and even returned for a guest-starring role in the show’s final season. Clooney’s time in the medical drama also earned him plenty of praise and accolades as he received several award nominations during this time.
After leaving “ER,” Clooney went on to find commercial success in films and began landing leading roles and truly making a name for himself in the entertainment industry. He had some previous experience with film while he was still working on the medical drama, as he was cast in the 1997 thriller “The Peacemaker” with Nicole Kidman. He also went on to play Batman in “Batman & Robin” and played opposite Jennifer Lopez in “Out of Sight.” The latter was directed by Steven Soderberg and based on the book by Elmore Leonard.
However, as Clooney left television behind for a couple of years, he directed his focus toward working more in movies. He also was going through a turning point in his career. According to Looper, “Batman & Robin” did well at the box office but was viewed as a critical failure. It seemed like there was no way for Clooney to bounce back, especially as someone still so new in the industry.
Breakthrough In Film
However, Clooney’s next role with Lopez in the film “Out of Sight” is what helped show just how much talent and promise the actor truly had. He explained:
“Steven was coming off a couple of flops and I was coming off ‘Batman & Robin’ and we both needed a success. Our backs were against the wall, in a way. I was still doing ‘ER’ at the time and there were always these conversations about whether you can go from television to film. It was a big deal — and I was losing that argument.”
Fortunately, the risk paid off, and Clooney continued to find more success in the upcoming years. One of his biggest accomplishments during this point in his career was starring in the heist comedy “Ocean’s Eleven,” where he played the character of Danny Ocean. The 1960s version of the film had the Rat Pack as the cast, with Frank Sinatra playing the leading role. Clooney later appeared in two sequels.
Clooney began to really immerse himself in the entertainment world and co-founded a production company called Section Eight Productions in 2001. The following year, he made his directorial debut with the film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” He also starred in the film alongside Julia Roberts and Drew Barrymore. Although the film did not have commercial success, it received critical praise and further cemented Clooney in the industry.
As the years progressed, Clooney stayed just as busy and relevant as ever, continuing to find work as an actor, director and producer. Some of his better-known works to come from the 2010s include “The Descendants,” “Argo,” and “Gravity.”
Respecting Other Actors
In more recent years, Clooney has continued leaving his mark on the world, appearing in the mini-series “Catch-22” in 2019 as well as the films “Grizzly II: Revenge” and “The Midnight Sky” in 2020. According to IMDB, he is scheduled to star in “Ticket to Paradise” alongside Roberts, which will be released in late 2022. He also has a project in the works with fellow actor Brad Pitt.
Speaking with People in January 2022, Clooney spoke about how excited he was for “Ticket to Paradise,” and it is “something special” and “sort of an old-fashioned film.” He particularly was excited about getting to work with Roberts.
“I haven’t done a romantic comedy really since ‘One Fine Day,’ and more than that,” Clooney said. “I’ve done some sort of snarky ones, you know, and in this one Julia and I just get to be mean to each other in the funniest way.” The actor also called it “lucky” that he and Roberts were both cast to play opposite one another.
In January 2022, Clooney also spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his current project called “The Tender Bar.” It is a drama starring Ben Affleck, Lily Rabe and Tye Sheridan. Clooney talked about what it was like working with established stars, as well as some up-and-comers, including Daniel Raniere. When asked if kids get their own type of directing while on set, Clooney replied:
“No, you treat them like tiny adults. Remember, I played (a) pediatrician on ‘ER,’ so I worked with kid actors every single day for five years, and a different one a day. They’re so much smarter than we give them credit for, they know exactly what’s going on.”
While Clooney was once a struggling actor, it’s safe to say that he’s a world-renowned star now. He has been a big name in the industry for several decades and has shown off his variety of talents and skills over the many years. It’s not hard to see how Clooney has built himself an empire. According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has an estimated net worth of $500 million.
The outlet reported that he typically makes at least $20 million for a single film role as he is one of the top-notch actors in the business. On top of that, Clooney is a businessman, having co-founded his own production company. He also co-founded Casamigos Tequila in 2013 but sold it in 2017 for $1 billion, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Clooney and his two business partners were paid $700 million in cash plus $300 million in bonuses that are set to be paid out based on the future performance of the brand.
Clooney has definitely used his earnings wisely for both his career and personal life. He has property in places all over the world, with homes in Los Angeles, California, as well as homes in Italy, Mexico and England. The actor is also in great company as his estate in Los Cabos, Mexico, is next door to supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Clooney has also been sure to give back to those in need and is a very active philanthropist and advocate. He has pledged money to various causes and has used his platform to help spread awareness about social rights.
Falling In Love
For most of his career, the actor seemed to stray from the concept of marriage as most of his relationships never lasted too long. This seemed especially true following his divorce from actress Talia Balsam, whom Clooney was married to from 1989 to 1993. Clooney has also dated Kelly Preston, Lisa Snowdon and Linda Thompson. The star has also been a celebrity crush for fans all over the world.
Clooney’s life changed when he met the woman he now calls his wife: Amal. “I felt that I met someone who I would absolutely trade my life for, you know,” Clooney said, according to Town & Country. “I met someone that her life meant more to me than my life and I never had that experience before.”
The pair now share a home together in Lake Como in Italy, which is the same area where the couple actually met. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Amal was passing through on her way to Cannes in July 2013 when she and Clooney first met.
“I thought she was beautiful, and I thought she was funny and obviously smart,” Clooney said. He explained how they began emailing and talking to each other about their lives and eventually realized that they were building a strong connection.
The couple went on their first date in October 2013 at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London. It wasn’t long before their relationship gained widespread media coverage, but Clooney commended Amal for how well she handled the sudden attention. Clooney proposed in April 2014, and he and Amal tied the knot in September that same year.
Their Beautiful Family
According to Town & Country, Amal is a lawyer at Britain’s Doughty Street Chambers and has worked on a number of human rights cases and international law cases. She has also given several speeches at the United Nations and is a very involved philanthropist. Amal is also an extremely beautiful woman.
Speaking about his wife, Clooney said, “She is sort of this remarkable human being and now mother which is something, I suppose, you should assume she would be wonderful at as well. But, when you see it in person, it makes you feel incredibly proud and also incredibly small.”
Now, Clooney and his wife have been married for over seven years and have continued to grow together as partners and as happy parents to twins Alexander and Ella, whom they welcomed back in June 2017. Amal was born on Feb. 3, 1978, making her 39 years old at the time. Clooney and Amal are proving that they make a great team, as they were honored with the Catalyst Award – their first joint award together – in February 2022, according to PEOPLE.
Speaking with CBS Sunday Morning in 2020, Clooney said, “There is no question that having Amal in my life changed everything for me. No question. It was the first time that everything that she did and everything about her was infinitely more important than anything about me.”
It’s clear that Clooney has nothing but love and respect for his beautiful, intelligent and hard-working wife. The pair have shown that they are amazing on their own and shine even brighter together. We wish the Clooney family all the best for whatever the future brings them!
What do you think about George Clooney’s career? What about his heartwarming love story with his wife? Let us know, and be sure to pass this along to your family and friends.