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George Clooney is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, as of 2013, meaning there is little that his fans don’t already know about him. However, the life of the Lexington, Kentucky-born star does feature a few lesser-known facts to go along with his stellar film career and well-known philanthropic endeavors.
5 Broadcasting Prospects
Clooney could have very easily followed his father’s footsteps into a career in broadcast journalism. His dad, Nick Clooney, worked as a newscaster and talk show host in Cincinnati. He groomed his son from an early age to get into the business. While George did briefly attempt work in broadcast journalism, his interests obviously were elsewhere.
Known for his jovial and charming personality, Clooney is also a notorious prankster within Hollywood’s inner circle. His “People” magazine profile outlines several pranks he played on producers, such as Jerry Weintraub, and co-stars, such as Julia Roberts. Although his efforts occasionally miss the mark, Clooney’s pranks have included Vaseline-laden doorknobs and buckets of water aimed at moving targets.
3 Getting Teased
It may be hard to imagine that a rich, good-looking, successful television and film star was ever teased, but Clooney had his awkward moments as a youngster. In junior high, Clooney struggled with partial face paralysis that resulted from a condition called Bell’s Palsy. In interviews, Clooney talked about being made fun of during that difficult time in his life.
Clooney remains youthful despite turning 52 on May 6, 2013. Credit his active lifestyle and commitment to health and nutrition. Clooney didn’t always look out for his health, however. The actor started smoking in his 20s, but gave up the habit after the loss of a close family member to lung cancer.
1 Passion for Sports
Before becoming an actor, George Clooney was an aspiring athlete. In high school, he participated in sports year-round, including baseball and basketball. While he never succeeded in turning his love for sports into a career, he did get a try out with Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds. Fortunately for movie fans, baseball didn’t pan out.