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George Clooney Turns 60 – a Glimpse inside the Hollywood Heartthrob's Life and Career

Bettina Dizon
May 06, 2021
03:50 P.M.

George Clooney reaches a milestone as he celebrates his 60th birthday as well as all the accomplishments he had in the past decades.

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When people think of good-looking and successful A-list actors, George Clooney is perhaps a name that comes to mind. After his breakthrough role in the '90s drama series "ER," Clooney slowly became a Hollywood legend.

The "Ocean's Eleven" star reached another milestone as he celebrates his 60th birthday. Here's a look at his personal life with Amal Clooney and his successful career that spanned nearly four decades.

 George Clooney during "The Men Who Stare At Goats" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2009 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

George Clooney during "The Men Who Stare At Goats" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2009 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

EARLY LIFE

George was born on May 6, 1961, to celebrities Nina Bruce and Nick Clooney, a former beauty queen and television host and anchor. The actor grew up in Kentucky and Ohio and only pursued acting after his cousin, Miguel Ferrer, landed him a part in a feature film.

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In the 1980s, he moved to Los Angeles, California, and mastered his craft at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Entering the film and television industry did not come easy for the actor, only landing a few minor roles and his first significant role in "E/R."

His other on-screen appearances include George Burnett on "The Facts of Life," Detective James Falconer on "Sisters," and Booker Brooks on "Roseanne." In 1994, George's career took a major turn as he starred as Dr. Doug Ross in the medical drama "ER."

George Clooney during The 100 LIVES initiative on March 10, 2015 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

George Clooney during The 100 LIVES initiative on March 10, 2015 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

HOLLYWOOD STAR

During his time acting in the award-winning series, George landed many parts in movies, such as "From Dusk Till Dawn," "One Fine Day," "Batman & Robin," "The Thin Red Line," and "Three Kings."

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Despite having to pause his beloved career, the lockdown allowed him to grow closer with his family.

Come the 2000s, George made high-grossing box office hits with the highly acclaimed "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," and "Ocean's Thirteen." He later tried directing and producing, while simultaneously acting, in the films "Michael Clayton" and "Leatherheads."

MARRYING AMAL

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In 1983, George tied the knot with fellow actress Talia Balsam but divorced in 1993. He found love again in 2013 when he met Amal Clooney through a mutual friend at the star's house in Lake Como.

The pair immediately clicked and dated soon after. The following year, the couple made things official with an intimate wedding ceremony with their closest family and friends in attendance.

In 2017, the couple welcomed their first kids, twins Ella and Alexander. Despite both busy with their respective careers, George and Amal try to balance work and family well.

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RETURN TO THE SCREEN

However, George lessened his on-screen appearances since having kids, with only his recent Netflix film, "The Midnight Sky," exciting fans. Instead, he shifted to a job behind the scenes as he thought age made him less desirable.

When the pandemic hit, George was forced to stay within the four corners of his house while bonding with Amal and the twins. "It's been nine months mostly inside the house," he shared. "A lot of washing dishes and changing diapers."

Despite having to pause his beloved career, the lockdown allowed him to grow closer with his family. The actor remains blessed to start and end his day with his children and spend another wonderful birthday with them.

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