George Clooney

Actors/Filmmakers

George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter and philanthropist. He made his acting debut on television in the miniseries Centennial (1978). From there he appeared in the shows Riptide, Hotel, and had a recurring role for 2 seasons on the Facts of Life. His first movie was Neal Israel’s TV movie Combat Academy (1986), with Keith Gordon, Wally Ward, Robert Culp, Jamie Farr, and Richard Moll. His credited feature film debut was in the slasher comedy Return to Horror High (1987), with Vince Edwards, Brendan Hughes, Scott Jacoby, Lori Lethin, Philip McKeon, and Alex Rocco. Other early films include John De Bello’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988), with Anthony Starke, Karen Mistal, and John Astin; Unbecoming Age (1992), with Diane Salinger; and a cameo in The Harvest (1993), with Miguel Ferrer, Leilani Sarelle, Tony Denison and Henry Silva.

Clooney later gained wide recognition in his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. While working on ER, he began attracting a variety of leading roles in films, with his breakthrough role in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk till Dawn (1996), with Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino (who also wrote the script), Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Danny Trejo, Fred Williamson, Tom Savini, and Salma Hayek.

Other films made during this time include Michael Hoffman’s One Fine Day (1996), with Michelle Pfeiffer; Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin (1997), with Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Elle Macpherson; Mimi Leder’s The Peacemaker (1997), with Nicole Kidman, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Aleksandr Baluev; Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Site (1998), with Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Nancy Allen, Steve Zahn, Catherine Keener, and Albert Brooks; Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line (1998), with Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas Ben Chaplin, Adrien Brody, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Jared Leto, John C. Reilly and John Travolta; and David O. Russell’s Three Kings (1999), with Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze.

Clooney would go on to frequently work with Soderbergh, starring in The Ocean’s Trilogy (2001-2007), collectively with Bernie Mac, Brad Pitt, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Cheadle, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Matt Damon, Andy García, Roberts, Zeta-Jones, Vincent Cassel, Al Pacino, and Ellen Barkin; Solaris (2002), with Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, and Ulrich Tukur; and The Good German (2006), with Cate Blanchett, Tobey Maguire, and Beau Bridges.

Clooney has also frequently worked with Joel & Ethan Coen, in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), with John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, Chris Thomas King, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Charles Durning; Intolerable Cruelty (2003), with Zeta-Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, Edward Herrmann, Paul Adelstein, Richard Jenkins, Billy Bob Thornton, and Geoffrey Rush; Burn After Reading (2008), with Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, and Pitt; and Hail, Caesar (2016), with Josh Brolin, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, McDormand, Swinton, and Channing Tatum.

Clooney made his directorial debut with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), with Sam Rockwell, Roberts, Drew Barrymore, and Rutger Hauer. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana (2005), with Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Alexander Siddig, and Mazhar Munir. That same year he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005), with David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., and Frank Langella.

Clooney was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Tony Gilroy’s Michael Clayton (2007), with Tom Wilkinson, Swinton, and Sydney Pollack; Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air (2009), with Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Danny McBride, Jason Bateman, Zach Galifianakis, and J.K. Simmons; and Alexander Payne’s The Descendants (2011), with Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, and Robert Forster. He won the Academy Award for Best Picture as a producer for Argo (2012), Ben Affleck (who also directed), Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, and Goodman.

Clooney’s other directorial efforts include Leatherheads (2008), with Renée Zellweger, Jonathan Pryce, and John Krasinski; The Ides of March (2011), with Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, and Evan Rachel Wood; The Monuments Men (2014), with Damon, Bill Murray, Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Blanchett; Suburbicon (2017), with Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac; and The Midnight Sky (2020), with Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Demián Bichir, Kyle Chandler, and Caoilinn Springall.

Other films in the 2000s include Wolfgang Peterson’s The Perfect Storm (2000), with Wahlberg, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, William Fichtner, Michael Ironside, Reilly, Karen Allen, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; Anthony & Joe Russo’s Welcome to Collinwood (2002), with William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Rockwell, Michael Jeter, Luis Guzmán, Clarkson, Andrew Davoli, Jennifer Esposito, and Gabrielle Union; voicing the title character in Wes Anderson’s stop motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), with Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Murray, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, and Owen Wilson; The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), with Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey; The American (2010), with Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, and Paolo Bonacelli; Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), with Sandra Bullock; Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (2015), with Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, and Keegan-Michael Key; and Jodie Foster’s Money Monster (2016), with Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Giancarlo Esposito, Dominic West and Caitriona Balfe.

Movies that Clooney has produced or executive produced and not appeared in include Rick Star (2001), with Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Flemyng, Timothy Olyphant, Timothy Spall, and Dominic West; Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia (2002), with Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt, and Paul Dooley; Todd Haynes’s Far from Heaven (2002), with Moore, Dennis Quaid, Dennis Haysbert, and Clarkson; Criminal (2004), with Reilly, Diego Luna, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Maeve Quinlan; The Jacket (2005), with Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, and Jennifer Jason Leigh; Rob Reiner’s Rumor Has It… (2005), with Aniston, Kevin Costner, Shirley MacLaine and Mark Ruffalo; Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly (2006), with Keanu Reeves, Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder; Pu-239 (2006), with Paddy Considine, Radha Mitchell, and Isaac; Wind Chill (2007), with Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes; The Informant! (2009), with Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, and Melanie Lynskey; August: Osage County (2013), with Streep, Roberts, McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, and Julianne Nicholson; and David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), with Bullock, Scoot McNairy, Thornton, Anthony Mackie, Ann Dowd and Joaquim de Almeida.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Combat Academy (1986) – directed by Neal Israel – TV movie
  • Return to Horror High (1987) – directed by Bill Froehlich
  • Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) – directed by John De Bello
  • Hot Prospects (1989) – directed by Jack Shea – TV Movie
  • Red Surf (1989) – directed by H. Gordon Boos
  • Knights of the Kitchen Table (1990) – TV movie
  • Rewrite for Murder (1991) – directed by Eric Laneuville
  • Unbecoming Age (1992) – directed by Alfredo Ringel & Deborah Ringel
  • The Harvest (1993) – directed by David Marconi – cameo
  • Without Warning: Terror in the Towers (1993) – directed by Alan J. Levi – TV movie
  • From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • One Fine Day (1996)* – directed by Michael Hoffman
  • Batman & Robin (1997)* – directed by Joel Schumacher
  • The Peacemaker (1997) – directed by Mimi Leder
  • Waiting for Woody (1998) – directed by Grant Heslov – cameo as himself – short
  • Out of Sight (1998) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • The Thin Red Line (1998) – directed by Terrence Malick
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999) – directed by Trey Parker
  • The Book That Wrote Itself (1999) – directed by Liam O Mochain – cameo
  • Three Kings (1999) – directed by David O. Russell
  • Killroy (1999) – directed by Todd Holland – also co-writer, producer
  • Fail Safe (2000) – directed by Stephen Frears & Martin Pasetta – also executive producer – TV movie
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • The Perfect Storm (2000) – directed by Wolfgang Peterson
  • Spy Kids (2001) – directed by Robert Rodriguez – cameo – also executive producer
  • Rock Star (2001) – directed by Stephen Herek – executive producer only
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – Steven Soderbergh
  • Welcome to Collinwood (2002) – directed by Anthony & Joe Russo – also producer
  • Insomnia (2002) – directed by Christopher Nolan – executive producer only
  • Far from Heaven (2002) – directed by Todd Haynes – executive producer only
  • Solaris (2002) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) – also director
  • Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)* – directed by Robert Rodriguez – cameo
  • Intolerable Cruelty (2003)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Criminal (2004) – directed by Gregory Jacobs – producer only
  • Ocean’s Twelve (2004) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • The Jacket (2005) – directed by John Maybury – producer only
  • Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) – also director, co-writer
  • Syriana (2005) – directed by Stephen Gaghan
  • Rumor Has It… (2005) – directed by Rob Reiner – executive producer only
  • Nespresso… What Else? (2006) – directed by Michel Gondry – short
  • A Scanner Darkly (2006) – directed by Richard Linklater – executive producer only
  • Pu-239 (2006) – directed by Scott Z. Burns – executive producer only
  • The Good German (2006) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Wind Chill (2007) – directed by Gregory Jacobs – executive producer only
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Michael Clayton (2007) – directed by Tony Gilroy – also executive producer
  • Sand and Sorrow (2007) – directed by Paul Freedman – narrator – also executive producer – documentary
  • Nespresso: Guess Who? (2007) – directed by Bennett Miller – short
  • Leatherheads (2008)* – also director
  • Burn After Reading (2008)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • The Informant! (2009) – directed by Steven Soderbergh – executive producer only
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)* – directed by Grant Heslov – also producer
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)* – directed by Wes Anderson
  • Up in the Air (2009)* – directed by Jason Reitman
  • Nespresso: The Piano (2009) – directed by Robert Rodriguez – short
  • The American (2010)* – directed by Anton Corbijn – also producer
  • Nespresso: Cab Driver (2010) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • The Idea of March (2011) – also director, co-writer, producer
  • The Descendants (2011) – directed by Alexander Payne
  • Nespresso: The Swap (2011) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • Touch of Evil (2011) – directed by Alex Prager – short
  • 8 (2012) – directed by Rob Reiner – TV movie
  • Nespresso: Like a Star (2012) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • Argo (2012) – directed by Ben Affleck – producer only
  • Gravity (2013) – directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • Nespresso: In the Name of Pleasure (2013) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • August: Osage County (2013) – directed by John Wells – producer only
  • The Monuments Men (2014) – also director, co-writer, producer
  • Annie (2014) – directed by Will Gluck – cameo as himself
  • Nespresso: How Far (2014) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • Tomorrowland (2015) – directed by Brad Bird
  • Our Brand Is Crisis (2015) – directed by David Gordon Green – producer only
  • Nespresso (2015) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • A Very Murray Christmas (2015) – directed by Sofia Coppola – cameo as himself – TV special
  • Hail, Caesar! (2016)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Money Monster (2016) – directed by Jodie Foster – also producer
  • Nespresso: Change Nothing (2016) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • Nespresso: Comin’ Home (2017) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • Suburbicon (2017) – director, co-writer, producer only
  • Nespresso: The Quest (2018) – directed by Grant Heslov – short
  • Catch-22 (2019) – 6 episode miniseries – directed 2 episodes (along with Grant Heslov & Ellen Kuras) – actor in 3 episodes – also executive producer
  • The Midnight Sky (2020) – also director, producer
  • The Art of Political Murder (2020) – directed by Paul Taylor – executive producer only – documentary
  • Grizzly II: The Revenge (2021) – directed by André Szöts – filmed in 1983
  • The Tender Bar (202-) – dirsctor, producer only
  • Ticket to Paradise (2022) – directed by Ol Parker – also producer