The actor rose to prominence as Dr. Doug Ross on hit medical drama E.R. in the 1990s but he's now a familiar face in front of and behind the camera. He has been nominated for acting, directing and screenwriting Oscars; he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for 2005's Syriana.
A perennial favourite among ladies across the world, Clooney is kind of off the market right now - he's dating Italian TV presenter, actress and model Elisabetta Canalis, but the hunk has no plans to walk down the aisle any time soon.
To celebrate the milestone birthday, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about our favourite singleton:
- He was nominated for a Worst Screen Couple Golden Raspberry Award in 1997, alongside Chris O'Donnell, for the much-maligned Batman & Robin. Clooney admits his role as the Caped Crusader was among his worst.
- Before he decided to grace the screens with his good looks, gorgeous George tried to cut it as a professional baseball player - but he was never offered a contract.
- He once worked as a menswear retailer and a tobacco cutter.
- He was briefly married to actress Talia Balsam.
- His former lovers have included Kelly Preston and British model Lisa Snowdon.
- Preston gifted him a pot bellied pig he called Max, who died in 2006.
- He has been named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine twice.
- George owns a sprawling retreat property on the shores of Lake Como, Italy.
- Nicole Kidman bet him $10,000 (£6,250) he'd be married again by the time he was 40. She lost and paid up.
- Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Las Vegas has a 'Marrying George Clooney' photo-op, where visitors can put on a wedding gown and stand next to a wax statue of the smiling actor in a tuxedo.
She's a hip-hoppin' be-boppin' mean ol' nanny who whips a mean stew and your butt for not doing your homework—and now she's back! Alas we don't speak of the Mrs. Doubtfire sequel but rather that of Big Momma a.k.a. FBI Agent Malcolm Turner (Martin Lawrence). Agent Warner has cut ties with the FBI at the behest of Sherry (Nia Long)—who as you no doubt recall is the granddaughter of the real Big Momma—since she's pregnant with Malcolm's baby. But wouldn't you know that he gets sucked back in after a former colleague is killed. Posing as Big Momma he's hired as a nanny to a suburban family the deadbeat dad of which is involved in the murder and a crime plot. She does it all—cooks cleans dances and even runs down bad guys but it's a race against time to stop the potential national security crisis. That is a race against the film's (mercifully) short running time. Although Lawrence's resume includes some of the dregs of comedy it's hard to argue that he is truly blessed when it comes to physical comedy and comedic timing. He continues both trends here this time without the help of the breakthrough actors of the past two years Paul Giamatti and Terrence Howard who yes both starred in the first Big Momma's House. That means Lawrence's urban mania is truly on its own and absurd and juvenile as the film may be even film snobs can't hold back a few laughs at his Big Momma outlandishness. Longreturns for no more than a select few scenes and to provide a minor conflict in the story. The notable newcomer is CSI's Emily Procter as the sterile mother who hires Big Momma. She does a serviceable job as a suburban Petite Momma. Might she be the next Giamatti or Howard to bolt to bigger and better things in time for the next sequel? No.
Big Momma's House 2 is right up director John Whitesell's alley. He's the guy behind such misses—though not necessarily financially—as Malibu's Most Wanted and See Spot Run and he's right at home here. Whitesell doesn't hold back in (literally and figuratively) pulling the robe off Big Momma but he clearly knows that nothing is to interrupt Lawrence's antics not even the thin story line. Aside from that he knows quite well how to execute thinly veiled rip-offs of the aforementioned Mrs. Doubtfire as well as countless other hidden-motive comedies (i.e. Kindergarten Cop Houseguest et al). Because while the main guise is the Big Momma fat suit Whitesell parades the film about as a feel-good/family flick.