Beyond his disappointment with the election of George W.Bush as President in 2000, the actor was also an early opponent of the Iraq War, and later called the president "dim" in a 2003 interview.There, despite some name recognition, the Clooneys led a fairly modest life.

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Due to the nature of his father's work, George Clooney and his older sister, Ada, moved several times to various locations throughout Kentucky and Ohio with their parents.

In 1974, they settled down for good in a rambling, old Victorian home in downtown Augusta, Kentucky, a small town on the Ohio River about an hour south of Cincinnati.

In middle school, however, Clooney struggled with his talent for expression when he developed Bell's palsy, which causes partial facial paralysis. He dropped out of school in 1981, without a thought as to what he would do next.

Clooney stuck around the Cincinnati area for a while, finding work as a shoe salesman and, later, as a farmhand picking tobacco.

Soon after its September 1994 debut, Clooney was on his way to becoming one of the show's breakout stars, attracting the attention of film industry movers and shakers.

His classic good looks and easygoing charm made him a natural for the big screen. He played Danny Ocean, a role originated by famed crooner Frank Sinatra.

Widely praised, the black-and-white drama helped Clooney earn his first nominations, for best director and best original screenplay)2011, Clooney proved to be a triple-threat, serving as the project's star, director, and co-writer.

The political drama featured Clooney as a presidential candidate and Ryan Gosling as one of his aides.

"I had just spent the summer cutting tobacco, which is a miserable job.