Gorgeous GEORGE turns 60!
WHO|May 17, 2021
LIFE IS ONLY GETTING SWEETER FOR THE HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR
Jennie Noonan

GOLDEN AGE

“I’m like, 60 is not so old. [Sixty] is young really,” Clooney said in a recent interview with (US) Today show. “I’m fine with all of it,” The Midnight Sky star added. “The number 70 will put a hitch in my giddy-up a little bit but 60, I can handle.”

As he approached his milestone birthday on May 6, George Clooney played it characteristically cool. “As far as turning 60, listen, I’m not thrilled with it but it’s better than dead,” he cracked in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “So, I’ll take it. I got two options.”

Even with all he’s accomplished, the late-blooming star is hitting a hot streak, thanks in large part to his happy home life with wife Amal and three-year-old twins Ella and Alexander. “Fatherhood has given me everything,” he told (US) Today show. “A sense of belonging, a sense of home, a sense of unconditional love. All the things that you were hoping that you could get with a really good career – and a dog.”

STARTING OUT

Clooney grew up in Kentucky with his mother Nina, a beauty queen and city councilwoman, and his father Nick, a TV host. “I was sure that he would in one way or another be in a public profession because he just had that knack,” his father has said.

When Clooney finally moved to Hollywood, he crashed on the couch at his aunt’s place, who was famous singer Rosemary Clooney, and shot eight TV pilots that failed to make it to air. In 1984, he was cast in his first recurring role in a TV sitcom, coincidentally named E/R, and appeared in movie flops like 1986’s Combat Academy, 1987’s Return to Horror High and 1988’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes. Small TV parts on The Facts of Life, Roseanne and Sisters followed.

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