George Clooney's Travel to Fame
<div>George was born into a media family, his father Nick Clooney spent years as a media personality and also a news anchor. His aunt, Rosemary Clooney, was a famous singer and actress. With so much talent surrounding his life, it is no wonder that George became the center of media frenzy himself.</div>
<div>In school, George was both athletic, and academic, leading him to a tryout with the Cincinnati Reds at the age of 16. However, he did not end up signing a contract. This of course lead him to college.</div>
<div>Northern Kentucky University, where he studied broadcast journalism. But Clooney didn't last long at college. He didn't think he had what it took to become a good television journalist, and he hated the constant comparisons to his father. He dropped out of school in 1981, without a thought as to what he would do next.</div>
<div>Clooney was working as a farmhand picking tobacco, when he got a call from his cousin, Miguel Ferrer. He and his father were making a film in Kentucky, and Ferrer offered Clooney a job on the set. Clooney worked as an extra and even landed a few lines. The movie never got released, but the experience gave Clooney the acting bug again.</div>
<div>Parts came slowly, even if they weren't the kind of roles Clooney dreamed about. He held a recurring role on the popular teen comedy <i>The Facts of Life</i>, from 1985 to 1987. There were small movie roles, too, including the part of a lip-synching transvestite in a 1993 thriller called <i>The Harvest</i>.</div>
<div>In 1994, Clooney was cast in a new NBC medical drama called <i>ER.</i> Clooney played Dr. Doug Ross, a character that would bring him fame and attention that would help him along the way to where he is today, opening up new doors that otherwise might never have existed.</div>