George Timothy Clooney is an actor best known for playing ‘Danny Ocean’ in the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ films, Dr Doug Ross on TV’s ‘ER’ and not leaving behind his Oscar-winning performance in ‘Syriana. He is the kind of person who can sneak into your casino and then walk out with millions.
Adding to the list of his calibre, George Clooney has had a successful life behind the camera too and has won an Oscar for producing ‘Argo’ and has been nominated for the Oscars as a screenwriter and director for ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’.
With devastatingly dashing charm, the ‘Gravity’ actor who was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky, has marked his 56th year today.
The Last Movie Star as per the TIME magazine and Sexiest Man Alive according to the People magazine, the actor has been married twice where he kind of shocked everyone with his second marriage.
But who knew that Booker, Roseanne’s beaten-down factory boss would one day become the most celebrated film star of the modern era? Well, George Clooney has been able to manage from small independent films to big-budget blockbusters with ease.
Happy Birthday to George Clooney, the Oscar nominee, celebrated actor-director-producer with a charming persona who had an interesting rise to stardom.
We would like to extol George Clooney by sharing some of the strange and unknown life facts about him.
#1 First things first… the unknown things about the early life of George Clooney.
In the year 1977, the actor tried for the position in the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, but unfortunately, Clooney did not pass even the first round of cuts.
During his struggling days, times weren’t always good for Clooney. He even lived in his friend’s CLOSET in the early 80’s.
#2 A celebrity who has a huge fan following is a fan of memorabilia.
Clooney loves keeping memorabilia from other popular personalities.
You can find pictures of the Rat Pack hanging in his den, he knew Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr through his aunt, Rosie. He possesses a wallet and neckties which were once owned by John F Kennedy. Inside the wallet, he has kept the ticket stubs of a Harvard-Yale game in which Robert Kennedy once played in. Adding to the list, you will be surprised to know that he also has the medal of Saint Christopher that the US president probably carried in World War II.
#3 Clooney’s bravest decision of life.
He used to work in tobacco fields during his youth and subsequently, in the late 20s, he took up smoking. It was when one of his uncles died due to lung cancer, Clooney decided to quit smoking. He has also expressed his regret over this in many interviews.
#4 He shares similar interests with us.
Clooney had a pet, a black potbellied pig named Max that lived for 18 years with him.
A man after my own heart, Clooney loves beer. He has also done voiceovers for the TV commercials Budweiser, and a source claims that he had a beer keg installed in the dressing room when he was filming for Ocean’s Eleven.
#5 What’s different about the actor?
The actor prefers writing personal letters over emails due to confidential reasons. George says, “I like paper” and that is why he also handwrites scripts.
Adding to the strange yet interesting facts about Geroge Clooney’s life, you would be surprised to know that phones are disapproved at his villa. Guests ranging from Kofi Annan to Bill Murray are requested/asked to put their phones away while having dinner.
To this, Clooney explains, “I want us to live our times there. Not just record them.”
#6 Some pool rules at Clooney’s house.
# You’re not allowed to swim in the pool 30 minutes after using ‘Just For Men’ hair dye.
# Diving and running around the pool is restricted.
# Doing cocaine in the pool is not allowed.
# On one hand, swimming without a condom is not permitted, and on the other hand, tampons in the pool are not allowed.
# No horseplay
# Only George Clooney can have diarrhoea in the pool.
# DVD copies of Batman and Robin cannot be carried in the pool.
# Telling brother Frank Clooney about the pool is NOT allowed
#7 Something about Clooney’s blood.
Do you wonder from where does Clooney’s good look and classic grasp of movies come from?
Well, he was born to a beautiful mother, Nina Bruce since she has won a beauty pageant and Nick Clooney who was an AMC host.
Not just that, but Clooney is the nephew of Oscar-winning actor José Ferrer and actress-singer Rosemary Clooney. Subsequently, he bears a relationship with their actor sons Rafael Ferrer and Miguel Ferrer and is also a cousin-in-law of Grammy-winning singer Debby Boone.
Needless to say that showbiz runs in his family
#8 Geroge Clooney’s marriage proposal was weird!
The man who has played dashing roles and is kind of leading a Casanova life is sure to be very romantic in his real life. But oops… he’s not one according to the story of his marriage proposal.
Clooney revealed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that his proposal was cringeworthy.
He described cooking dinner for his beloved that night; everything was arranged — even the song. But out of the blue, she got up to do the dishes which she had never done. He continued, “I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ [She] comes back in, and finally, I said, ‘You know, I blew out the candle’, and I said, ‘I think the lighter’s in the box behind you.’ And she reaches around, and she pulls out the box, and I’ve got just the ring sitting in there, and she pulls it out, and she looks at it, and she’s like, ‘It’s a ring’-like as if somebody had left it there some other time.”
Alamuddin didn’t even realise that the ring was for her so, later Clooney dropped down on one knee and said, “I couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life without you. She kept looking at the ring, and she was looking at me, and she was like ‘Oh my God.'” He said it took her about 25 minutes to answer the big question. Clooney recalled telling her, “Look, I hope the answer is yes, but I need an answer-I’m 52, and I could throw out my hip pretty soon.
#9 A gift which he gave to the dogs prior his birthday — a larger than life character.
Recently (2017), George and Amal Clooney came forward with a social donation of $10,000 which was towards the dogs rescued from a Mojave Desert backyard breeder. These dogs were saved by a California-based organisation, Camp Cocker Rescue. Their breeder cold-heartedly dumped the pooches in the desert.
The organisation is providing shelter and care to these dogs with the help of donations. Receiving around $5-25 on an average, a single donation of $10,000 knocked their socks off. But this surprise was accompanied by a good news where the Clooney committed that they will match every donation to the Camp Cocker Rescue up to $10,000!
Camp Cocker said, “After we all did happy dances and cried with happiness for this unbelievable matching donation offer – we then asked the donors (and only if they gave us their permission) if we could reveal their names to our supporters in order to help us reach our big goal this month,” to which Clooney pleasantly agreed!
But this family is not new to saving rescue dogs since they once gifted a rescued terrier George’s parents on Christmas.
#10 The great bet!
After Clooney was voted as the “Sexiest Man Alive” by the People magazine in the year 2006, he publicly vowed to “never marry again” and would not have any children. Where he said, “A new Mrs Clooney is not something I’m looking out for. The truth is, I’m really happy.”
But this statement attracted a bet from Michelle Pfeiffer and Nicole Kidman in 2007 where both of them wagered $10,000 each saying that he would be a father before he turns 40. Both of them were wrong and had to send Clooney a check, but the actor returned the money betting them double that he won’t have kids even until the age of 50.
But now the actor has changed his mind about having kids and is expecting twins with wife Amal.