George CLOONEY

* 06.05.1961, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Schauspieler * mit fünf Jahren tritt (zusammen mit seiner älteren Schwester Ada) in The Nick Clooney Show seines Vaters auf * Besuch der Northern Kentucky University * 1982 zieht nach Los Angeles - anfangs schlägt sich mit Gelegenheitsjobs durch (Chauffeur für seine Tante Rosemary Clooney, Komparse) * nimmt Schauspielunterricht bei Milton Katselas * bekommt erste Rollen in TV-Serien (E/R, 1984-85; The Facts of Life, 1985-86) * 1986 erster Fernsehfilm (Combat High) * 1987 Kinodebüt in Return to Horror High & Bühnenauftritt in Vicious am Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago * bis 1995 spielt vor allem in TV-Serien (Roseanne, 1988-89; Sunset Beat, 1990; Baby Talk, 1991; Sisters, 1993-94) * Durchbruch als Dr. Douglas Ross in der Krankenhaus-Serie ER (1994-99) * 1995 Beginn seiner Kinokarriere mit From Dusk till Dawn * 1996 Gründung der Produktionsfirma Maysville Pictures * 1998 unterzeichnet development deals mit CBS und Warner Bros. * seit 1999 auch als (ausführender) Produzent tätig (Pilotfilm Kilroy, 1991; Rock Star, 2000) * Mitgründer der Produktionsfirma Section Eight (2000-06) * 2002 Debüt als Regisseur (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) * 2006 (zusammen mit Grant Heslov) Gründung der Produktionsfirma Smoke House * humanitäres Engagement (Sudan, Haiti) - seit 2008 UNO-Friedensbotschafter


"Directing is really exciting. In the end, it's more fun to be the painter than the paint."

FILMS

Return to Horror High (Return to Horror High, 1986-USA; R: Bill Froehlich, B: Bill Froehlich, Mark Lisson, Dana Escalante, Greg H. Sims, K: Roy H. Wagner, M: Stacy Widelitz, D: Vince Edwards, Brendan Hughes, Scott Jacoby, Lori Lethin, Philip McKeon, Alex Rocco / GC-Oliver) 95m-Horrorkomödie (05-?; 8701)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (Die Rückkehr der Killertomaten, 1987-USA; R: John De Bello, B: Constantine Dillon, J. Stephen Peace, John De Bello, K: Stephen Kent Welch, M: Rick Patterson & Neal Fox, D: Anthony Starke ° GC-Matt Stevens ° Karen Mistal) 99m-Sci-Fi-Komödie (06-?; 8804)

Red Surf (Red Surf, 1989-USA; R: H. Gordon Boos, B: Vincent Robert; H. Gordon Boos, K: John Schwartzman, M: Sasha Matson, D: GC-Remar, Doug Savant, Dedee Pfeiffer & Gene Simmons) 104m-Action (05-?; 9006, LA)

The Harvest (The Harvest, 1991-USA * David Marconi ... cameo) (11-12; 9311)

Unbecoming Age (Hilfe, Mami dreht durch!, 1992-USA; R: Alfredo Ringel, Deborah Ringel, B: Meridith Baer, Geof Prysirr, K: Harry Mathias, M: Jeff Lass, D: Diane Salinger, John Calvin / GC-Mac) 92m-Komödie (9303, LA)

From Dusk till Dawn (From Dusk till Dawn, 1995-USA * Robert Rodriguez ... Seth Gecko) (9601)

One Fine Day (Tage wie dieser..., 1996-USA; R: Michael Hoffman, B: Terrel Seltzer, Ellen Simon, K: Oliver Stapleton, M: James Newton Howard, D: Michelle Pfeiffer * GC-Jack Taylor) 104/8m-Liebeskomödie (02-05; 9612)

The Peacemaker (Projekt: Peacemaker, 1996-USA; R: Mimi Leder, B: Michael Schiffer, K: Dietrich Lohmann, M: Hans Zimmer, D: GC-Thomas Devoe * Nicole Kidman) 123m-Actionthriller (05-09; 9709)

Batman & Robin (Batman & Robin, 1996/97-USA * Joel Schumacher ... Bruce Wayne/Batman) (09-01; 9706)

The Thin Red Line (Der schmale Grat, 1997-USA; R+B: Terrence Malick, K: John Toll, M: Hans Zimmer, D: Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, James Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, GC-Captain Charles Bosche, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly) 170m-Kriegsdrama (Roman von James Jones, 1962) (06-11; 9812)

Out of Sight (Out of Sight, 1997/98-USA; R: Steven Soderbergh, B: Scott Frank, K: Elliot Davis, M: David Holmes, D: GC-Jack Foley * Jennifer Lopez) 122m-Krimiromanze (Roman von Elmore Leonard, 1996) (10-01; 9806)

Three Kings (Three Kings - Es ist schön König zu sein, 1998/99-USA; R+B: David O. Russell, K: Newton Thomas Sigel, M: Carter Burwell, D: GC-Major Archie Gates * Mark Wahlberg * Ice Cube) 115m-Kriegssatire (11-02?03; 9910)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (O Brother, Where Art Thou? - Eine Mississippi-Odyssee, 1999-USA; R: Joel Coen, B: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, K: Roger Deakins, M: T-Bone Burnett, D: GC-Ulysses Everett McGill * John Turturro) 107m-Komödie (06-08; 0010-D)

The Perfect Storm (Der Sturm, 1999-USA; R: Wolfgang Petersen, B: Bill/William D. Wittliff, K: John Seale, M: James Horner, D: GC-Kapitän Billy Tyne * Mark Wahlberg) 129m-Katastrophendrama (Buch von Sebastian Junger, 1997) (09-12; 0006)

Spy Kids (Spy Kids, 2000-USA * Robert Rodriguez ... cameo als Devlin) (03?05-So; 0103)

Ocean's Eleven (Ocean's Eleven, 2001-USA; R: Steven Soderbergh, B: Ted Griffin, K: Peter Andrews [=Steven Soderbergh], M: David Holmes, D: GC-Danny Ocean * Matt Damon * Andy Garcia * Brad Pitt & Julia Roberts) 116m-Gaunerkomödie (02-06; 0112)

Welcome to Collinwood (Safecrackers oder Diebe haben's schwer, 2001-USA * Anthony Russo, Joe Russo ... Jerzy) (03-?; 0210)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Geständnisse - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, 2002-USA; R: George Clooney, B: Charlie Kaufman, K: Newton Thomas Sigel, M: Alex Wurman, D: Drew Barrymore * GC-Jim Byrd * Julia Roberts * Sam Rockwell) 113m-Farce (Buch von Chuck Barris, 1984) (01-04; 0301)

Solaris (Solaris, 2002-USA; R+B: Steven Soderbergh, K: Peter Andrews [=Steven Soderbergh], M: Cliff Martinez, D: GC-Chris Kelvin, Natascha McElhone) 99m-Sci-Fi-Drama (Roman von Stanisław Lem, 1961) (05-07?; 0211)

Intolerable Cruelty (Ein (un)möglicher Härtefall, 2002-USA; R: Joel Coen, B: Robert Ramsay, Matthew Stone, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, K: Roger Deakins, M: Carter Burwell, D: GC-Miles Massey * Catherine Zeta-Jones) 100m-Komödie (07-09; 0310)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Mission 3D, 2003-USA * Robert Rodriguez ... cameo als Devlin) (12?01-04; 0307)

Ocean's Twelve (Ocean's 12, 2004-USA; R: Steven Soderbergh, B: George Nolfi, K: Peter Andrews [=Steven Soderbergh], M: David Holmes, D: GC-Danny Ocean * Brad Pitt * Matt Damon * Catherine Zeta-Jones * Andy Garcia * Don Cheadle * Bernie Mac & Julia Roberts) 125m-Gaunerkomödie (04-08; 0412)

Syriana (Syriana, 2004/05-USA * Stephen Gaghan ... Bob Barnes) (Buch von Robert Baer) (08-01; 0511)

Good Night, and Good Luck. (Good Night, and Good Luck, 2005-USA * George Clooney ... Fred Friendly) (03-04; 5010)

The Good German (The Good German - In den Ruinen von Berlin, 2005-USA; R: Steven Soderbergh, B: Paul Attanasio, K: Peter Andrews [=Steven Soderbergh], M: Thomas Newman, D: GC-Jake Geismer * Cate Blanchett * Tobey Maguire) 105m-Thriller (Roman von Joseph Kanon, 2001) (09-?; 0612)

Michael Clayton (Michael Clayton, 2006-USA; R+B: Tony Gilroy, K: Robert Elswit, M: James Newton Howard, D: GC-Michael Clayton, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack) 119m-Thriller (02-?; 0710)

Ocean's Thirteen (Ocean's 13, 2006/07-USA; R: Steven Soderbergh, B: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, K: Peter Andrews [=Steven Soderbergh], M: David Holmes, D: GC-Danny Ocean * Brad Pitt * Matt Damon * Andy Garcia * Don Cheadle * Bernie Mac * Ellen Barkin & Al Pacino) 122m-Gaunerkomödie (07-01; 0706)

Leatherheads (Ein verlockendes Spiel, 2007-USA; R: George Clooney, B: Duncan Brantley, Rick Reilly, K: Newton Thomas Sigel, M: Randy Newman, D: GC-Jimmy [Dodge] Connelly, Renee Zellweger) 114m-Sportkomödie (02-05; 0804)

Burn after Reading (Burn after Reading - Wer verbrennt sich hier die Finger?, 2007-USA; R+B: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, K: Emmanuel Lubezki, M: Carter Burwell, D: GC-Harry Pfarrer, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins & Brad Pitt) 95m-Komödie (08-11; 0809)

The Men Who Stare at Goats (Männer, die auf Ziegen starren, 2008-USA; R: Grant Heslov, B: Peter Straughan, K: Robert Elswit, M: Rolfe Kent, D: GC-Lyn Cassady * Jeff Bridges * Ewan McGregor * Kevin Spacey) 93m-Satire (frei nach Buch von Jon Ronson, 2004) (10-11; 0911)

Up in the Air (Up in the Air, 2009-USA; R: Jason Reitman, B: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, K: Eric Steelberg, M: Rolfe Kent, D: GC-Ryan Bingham, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick) 109m-Satire (Roman von Walter Kirn, 2001) (02-04; 0912)

The American (The American, 2009-USA/GB; R: Anton Corbijn, B: Rowan Joffe, K: Martin Ruhe, M: Herbert Grönemeyer, D: GC-Jack/Edward, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli) 105m-Thrillerdrama (Roman von Martin Booth, 1990) (09-11; 1009)

The Descendants (The Descendants - Familie und andere Angelegenheiten, 2010-USA; R: Alexander Payne, B: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, K: Phedon Papamichael, D: GC-Matt King, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer) 115m-Tragikomödie (Roman von Kaui Hart Hemmings, 2007) (03-06; 1111)

The Ides of March (The Ides of March - Tage des Verrats, 2011-USA; R: George Clooney, B: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, K: Phedon Papamichael, M: Alexandre Desplat, D: Ryan Gosling * GC-Governor Mike Morris * Philip Seymour Hoffman) 101m-Thrillerdrama (Bühnenstück Farragut North von Beau Willimon, 2008) (02-04; 1110)

Gravity (Gravity, 2011-USA/GB; R: Alfonso Cuarón, B: Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón, K: Emmanuel Lubezki, M: Steven Price, D: Sandra Bullock * GC-Matt Kowalski) 90m-Sci-Fi-Thriller (05-07; 1310)

The Monuments Men / Monuments Men - Ungewöhnliche Helden (2013-USA/GB/D; R: George Clooney, B: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, K: Phedon Papamichael, M: Alexandre Desplat, D: GC-Frank Stokes * Matt Damon * Bill Murray * John Goodman * Jean Dujardin * Bob Balaban * Hugh Bonneville & Cate Blanchett) 118m-Kriegsfilm (Buch von Robert M. Edsel mit Bret Witter, 2009) (03-06; 1402)

Tomorrowland (A World Beyond, 2013/14-USA; R: Brad Bird, B: Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, K: Claudio Miranda, M: Michael Giacchino, D: George Clooney: Frank Walker, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key) 130m-Sci-Fi-Abenteuer (08-01/+02; 1505)

Hail, Caesar! (Hail, Caesar!, 2014/15-GB/USA; R+B: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, K: Roger Deakins, M: Carter Burwell, D: Josh Brolin, George Clooney: Baird Whitlock, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum) 106m-Komödie (11-01; 1602)

Money Monster (Money Monster, 2015-USA; R: Jodie Foster, B: Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf, K: Matthew Libatique, M: Dominic Lewis, D: George Clooney: Lee Gates * Julia Roberts * Jack O'Connell) 98m-Thriller (02-05; 1605)

AWARDS

Golden Globe (bester Darsteller - Kategorie Komödie/Musical) für O Brother, Where Art Thou ? (2001)

Special Achievement Award für Confessions of a Dangerous Mind [National Board of Review Awards 2002]

Academy Award / Oscar (bester Nebendarsteller) für Syriana (2006)

Golden Globe (bester Nebendarsteller) für Syriana (2006)

BOOKS

Andy Dougan: The Biography of George Clooney. London: Boxtree, 1997

Sam Keenleyside: Bedside Manners: George Clooney and ER. Toronto: ECW Press, 1998

Helen M. Lange: George Clooney: Männer wie dieser.... Berlin: Ullstein, 1999

Alexandra Seitz: George Clooney. Berlin: Bertz + Fischer, 2003

Christian Dureau: George Clooney: sa biographie, tous ses films & la série Urgences. Paris: Carpentier, 2005


Jeff Hudson: George Clooney: A Biography. London: Virgin, 2004

George Clooney is a rare thing in Hollywood: a hard-working actor, respected and adored by fellow professionals and the public alike. His laid-back style and easy-going personality have led to his being dubbed "the new Cary Grant". Far from his years as an obscure, jobbing actor during his film career he has worked with such luminaries as Brad Pitt, the Coen Brothers, Mark Wahlberg, Julia Roberts, Steven Soderberg and Nicole Kidman. This biography aims to reveal the full story behind George Clooney. It details his upbringing in a showbiz family (his father, Nick Clooney, was a local TV and radio personality, his aunt was singing star Rosemary Clooney), his years of work on unsuccessful pilots for TV shows and his rise to fame as Dr Doug Ross in "ER". He became one of the first major cast members to leave the show, launching his film career somewhat shakily with "The Peacemaker" and the critically-panned "Batman & Robin", he reasserted his Hollywood credentials with "Out of Sight", "Three Kings" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", and made his directorial debut with "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind". > 300 p., [8] p. of plates


Karine Cohen-Dicker: George Clooney: gentleman-acteur. Paris: Nouveau Monde, 2008

Qualifié à deux reprises (1997, 2006) par le magazine People du titre d’ «homme en vie le plus sexy» de la planète, présent chaque année sur les écrans aussi bien dans de grosses productions hollywoodiennes que dans des films indépendants, très engagé sur plusieurs dossiers humanitaires comme le Darfour, George Clooney en séduit beaucoup et en agace quelques-uns par son apparente perfection. Aux États-Unis, on attend surtout d’une grande star qu’elle projette une image glamour et affiche avec circonspection ses opinions. George Clooney n’hésite pas à dépasser ces standards. Il a été élevé ainsi par son père, journaliste engagé. Dans sa famille, on dit haut et fort ce qu’on pense. Et on se bat pour ses idées, tout en gardant son intégrité. Des hommes bien, on en dénombre quelques-uns sur cette planète, mais George Clooney est un phénomène unique, omniprésent, surmédiatisé, productif, égal à lui-même, qu’il s’adresse à la chancelière allemande Angela Merkel ou qu’il signe des autographes à ses admirateurs. Drôle, charmeur, généreux, plus rien ne semble lui résister. Inconnu avant l’âge de 33 ans, il ne lui a fallu que quelques années, après son passage dans la série télévisée Urgences pour entrer dans la légende et devenir l’Américain le plus estimé au monde. Acteur oscarisé, producteur, réalisateur, il est aussi un des célibataires les plus endurcis et les plus recherchés de la planète, qui enchaîne les aventures et assume son statut de play-boy. L’une des ses plus longues liaisons a été consacrée à une Française… Anecdotes, inédites, témoignages de proches, secrets de tournages… un récit passionnant sur la vie, l’œuvre cinématographique et l’engagement politique du célèbre acteur américain. > 277 p. : [16] p. de pl.


Shana Cushman: George Clooney: An Illustrated Biography. London: Carlton, 2008

From baseball wannabe in Kentucky to one of Hollywood's most highly rated leading men, George Clooney's story is that of a late bloomer. After years as a struggling TV actor, he rose slowly to public attention with small, but potent, roles in TV shows like The Facts of Life and Roseanne, before landing the breakthrough role of Dr Doug Ross on the hit TV medical drama, ER. His roles in Hollywood films went hand in hand with ER's incredible success, as Clooney branched out and started working with respected film directors, such as Steven Soderbergh and the Coen Brothers. After leaving ER in 1999, he has starred in a run of box office hits, including the Ocean's Eleven remake and its two subsequent sequels, while also directing two acclaimed films (a third is presently in production) and producing a run of features for TV and cinema. Famed for his mysterious private life, unshakeable bachelorhood (the result of a failed marriage to actress Talia Balsam before he made it big) and fondness for partying, Clooney has carved out a unique place in Hollywood. He is simultaneously respected for his talents as an actor, producer, writer and director and worshipped as a sex symbol. * Shana Cushman is a journalist who has written for a number of magazines and newspapers dealing mainly with television and film features and celebrity interviews. > 160 p. : ill.


Joni Hirsch Blackman: George Clooney: A Biography. Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2010

This insightful biography of George Clooney looks at his work on-screen, his off-screen activities as a political activist, and the many things that make him stand out from the Hollywood crowd. He is not your run of the mill "Sexiest Man Alive," despite winning that designation from People magazine in 2006. Actor/activist George Clooney is one of the most respected celebrities of our time, both for his interest in and work for the larger world, and for his talents in acting, directing, and writing topical, relevant motion pictures. George Clooney: A Biography will help students understand that having achieved the clout accorded a Hollywood star, one can use it to fight injustice and create a better world. The biography covers Clooney’s life from childhood through adulthood. It looks at the influence of his famous aunt, Rosemary Clooney, and his television-broadcaster father. It reveals his dream of becoming a professional baseball player and his failed tryout with the Cincinnati Reds in 1977. To create her portrait, author Joni Hirsch Blackman called on sources as diverse as childhood friends, coworkers, and a UN official who traveled with Clooney on his missions as a UN Messenger of Peace. What comes across is a picture of a warm, caring, witty, and intelligent man whose priorities are his craft, his friends and family, and the world around him. > xxv, 159 p. : ill., photographs


Kimberly Potts: George Clooney: The Last Great Movie Star. Montclair: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2011

He's famous for twice being People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, for his penchant for practical jokes and his vow never to remarry, as well as for his Oscar-winning and Emmy-nominated acting career. But George Clooney's reputation as a celebrity belies his essential seriousness, as a businessman, a humanitarian, and, of course, in his ascendancy to the Hollywood A-list. In this updated biography of one of Hollywood's most colorful leading men, pop culture expert Kimberly Potts traces Clooney's life from small-town boy to big-screen idol. Clooney slowly and deliberately built a résumé that took him from TV stardom on ER to a winning film career as a serious actor, writer, producer and director. Along the way Potts fills us in on Clooney's early attempts to break into film (including his Batman flop), his many well-publicized romances, his political and humanitarian efforts, plus a major fight with director David O. Russell on the set of Three Kings. Potts also recounts how Clooney has gained success and acclaim with his shrewd strategy of alternating blockbuster movie roles, such as the Ocean's franchise, with less lucrative “passion” projects – such as Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck – that reflect his personal ethics. He won an Academy Award for the former and rave reviews for the latter, and has continued to earn accolades and Oscar nominations for smart dramas such as Michael Clayton and Up in the Air. Including fresh interviews, essential Clooney photographs, a filmography, a timeline, and a list of his favorite 100 films, this is the book no Clooney fan will want to be without. > xii, 290 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) * revised and updated edition


Mark Browning: George Clooney: An Actor Looking for a Role. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012

This book traces the evolution of George Clooney's successful career, from his humble start as a television heartthrob to his current position as one of the most powerful figures in film making today. In the last decade, George Clooney has become a major celebrity figure, and his films — regardless of genre or box office potential — enjoy a popularity befitting the achievements of any great artist. This book provides a scholarly examination of Clooney's entire body of work, on television and on the big screen; and analyzes his on-screen persona with a close review of his films. It can be said that George Clooney has crafted his artistic brand through a mixture of smart career choices of roles, carefully nuanced performances, and key relationships with directors. He is not just an accomplished actor but a major Hollywood player, serving as director, producer, and writer on many projects. His work garners critical acclaim, and his influence and creative input have been the main reason why some of his films exist at all. This fascinating book analyzes the impressive career trajectory of one of the industry's most powerful figures today. George Clooney: An Actor Looking for a Role is the first book to examine the full range of Clooney's career. Arranged by genre, sections include early television work, romantic comedies, action films, heist movies, political thrillers, and films that blend a number of different genres. Clooney's contributions have not only resulted in three Oscar acting nominations and one win, but his work continues to challenge the conventions of the traditional form and expands the definition of key genres. > xiii, 223 p.

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