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11 George Clooney Facts You Probably Didn't Know

May 6 2014 - 6:52pm

It's already been a big year for George Clooney [1]! He got engaged to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin [2], released The Monuments Men, and on Tuesday he turns 53 years old. We all know George got his start in Hollywood more than three decades ago and spent five years playing Dr. Doug Ross on ER, but let's take a look at some lesser-known facts about the star.

Source: Getty/Gisela Schober [2]

He Has a Mad Men Connection

George's first wife, Talia Balsam, whom he was married to between 1989 and 1993, is now married to John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling on Mad Men. Talia plays Roger's wife, Mona, in the AMC drama.

He Wanted to Play Major League Baseball

In 1977, George tried out for the Cincinnati Reds but wasn't offered a contract with the team.

He Shares a House With Cindy Crawford

George, Cindy, and her husband, Rande Gerber, share a compound in Mexico. Their two homes are joined by shared living spaces, and the entire estate was featured in Architectural Digest [3].

Source: Getty/ Venturelli [4]

He's Related to Abraham Lincoln

The former president is one of George's distant relatives [5]. They are connected by Lincoln's maternal grandmother, Lucy Hanks, making George Lincoln's half-first cousin five times removed.

He Had a Pet Pig

George had a potbellied pig named Max for 18 years until Max's death in 2006.

He's From Kentucky

George was born in Lexington, KY, and later moved to Augusta, KY, where he attended high school.

He Didn't Graduate From College

Despite attending both the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University, George never actually got a college degree.

He Was the Second Man to Ever Cover Vogue

George shared the front cover of Vogue with Gisele B√ľndchen in June 2000, making him the second man to land the spot after Richard Gere [6]. George went on to pose for the cover of the first issue of Men's Vogue in 2005.

Source: Vogue [7]

He Had Bell's Palsy

While George was in middle school, he suffered from Bell's Palsy, which partially paralyzed his face. The condition went away within a year.

He Owns a Tequila Company

George and his good friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman created Casamigos tequila out of their own love for drinking tequila. They even have their own Casamigos airplane!

His Dad Is a Small-Screen Star

George's dad, Nick, was a news anchor and game-show host and also hosted American Movie Classics. He's been on the big screen as well and had a part in 2014's The Monuments Men, which was directed by George.


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