He is good looking, grey-haired, distinguished and a man of many talents.
The name is George Clooney and he is an actor, producer, director, screen writer, activist and human rights champion.
Wearing so many hats and excelling in all is no easy task but Clooney has set the bar high for all his talents and has achieved great heights. He made his debut on the small screen before the doctor series ER shot him to fame.
His first major role was in Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk To Dawn and from then on there was no looking back. He has won major awards in many categories befitting his talent.
Here are some of Clooney’s works which display his talent:
One Fine Day (1996)
Cast: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Clooney, Mae Whitman, Charles Durning
Director: Michael Hoffman
The film deals with two single parents and how they juggle their relationships to take care of each other’s children. Melanie (Pfeiffer) is an architect whose son is late to school due to the forgetfulness of fellow single parent Jack (Clooney), a reporter whose daughter Maggie (Whitman) is left to spend the day with him.
Due to some quirk of fate, they are now burdened with the task of looking after each other’s children and while on a taxi ride, their phones get exchanged. Now they start getting calls meant for the other and have to keep each other updated. The fun begins when the children start getting naughty and a struggle ensues.
Out Of Sight (1998)
Cast: George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Dennis Farina, Albert Brooks, Steve Zahn
Director: Steven Soderbergh
A bank robber Jack Foley (Clooney) is being pursued by US Marshall Karen Sisco (Lopez) but they are forced to share the trunk of a car while the former is escaping prison. Once Foley completes his escape he and his two buddies run away to a wealthy suburb in Detroit.
There they seek a prison acquaintance who had bragged about some uncut diamonds in his possession. They make an attempt for it. Meanwhile, Foley and Karen have an affair. But will she arrest him?
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Elliot Gould
Director: Steven Soderbergh
After his release from prison, Danny Ocean (Clooney) and his friend Rusty Ryan (Pitt) plan a heist at a casino. They recruit other members who are specialists to rob a casino belonging to Terry Benedict (Garcia).
They conduct a reconnaissance with the members, often testing the security of the place before they are convinced they can carry out the robbery. During the exercise they release that Benedict’s girlfriend is Danny’s former wife Tess (Roberts). This complicates matters.
Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Mazhar Munir
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Two American companies, one smaller, are undergoing a merger to consolidate their oil interests in the Middle East. Meanwhile, a young prince signs an oil deal with a Chinese firm which does not go down well with the Americans.
Hence a plot is hatched to kill the prince and Bob Barnes (Clooney) is entrusted with the job. A Geneva-based energy analyst Bryan Woodman gets involved in the plot and learns about the prince and his plans to westernise the Arab state. More problems arise.
Good Night And Good Luck (2005)
Cast: David Strathaim, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Daniels, Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise, Frank Langella
Director: George Clooney
Set in 1953, it deals with the early days of television broadcasting and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s campaign against the Communists. The protagonist is famous broadcaster Edward R Murrow (Strathaim) who takes on the Communist crusader over his denouncement of an accused US Air Force Officer.
Backed by his news team producer Fred Friendly (Clooney), Murrow comes up with revelations which will help the Air Force officer. But then McCarthy accuses Murrow of being a Communist and the real battle begins.