George Clooney: American actor.

Born: May 6, 1961

When George Clooney played a pediatrician on ER, he had plenty of experience with children’s doctors to draw from.  Stricken as a child with Bell’s Palsy, he spent months with part of his face paralyzed.

That was the worst time of my life.  You know how cruel kids can be. I was mocked and taunted, but the experience made me stronger.

As a young man, it was not so much that he found acting but that acting found him

I didn’t even want to be an actor.  I was just hanging out with my cousin.

He got a small part in a movie and that opened doors for him.

I rented my car, a Monte Carlo, to them and got fifty bucks a day. They gave me a part as an extra. And Miguel said, Come to L.A. and be an actor. I had just spent the summer cutting tobacco, which is a miserable job. So that’s what made me move to Hollywood.

To other young people considering acting he offers this warning.

When you’re young you believe it when people tell you how good you are. And that’s the danger, you inhale. Everyone will tell you you’re a genius, which you are not, and if you understand that, you win.

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