George Clooney
Actor and activist
George Clooney

Famed actor and director George Clooney was born on May 6, 1961, in Lexington, Kentucky. He scored his breakout role in 1992 as Dr. Doug Ross on TV's ER. The hit show lead to major film roles, including a turn as Batman. In 2005, Clooney won an Academy Award for his performance in SyrianaTIME magazine has called the actor "The Last Movie Star." In 2014, Clooney married international lawyer and activist Amal Alamuddin.

With other celebrities, including Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, and Matt Damon, he formed a non-profit organization called Not On Our Watch to help the people in Darfur. In 2007, he and Cheadle were recognized for their work for Darfur. The pair shared a Peace Summit Award at the 8th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome. The following year, with his parents standing at his side, Clooney was officially appointed as a U.N. peace envoy.