Though he earned a respectable living as a supporting actor in TV shows, Clooney still wasn’t the matinee idol we know him as today. That all changed a full decade later, however, when he was cast as Dr. Doug Ross in the hit series ER. With 50 million fans tuning in every week, Clooney’s fame shot through the roof.
Before long, Clooney’s star power was so great that he was finally able to make the jump from TV to film. After a stunted start in 1997’s Batman and Robin, the actor came into his own the following year with Out of Sight. And his subsequent appearances in the Ocean’s series further added to his screen appeal.
Moreover, since his big break, Clooney has gone from strength to strength. The star even landed a well-deserved Oscar for his performance in 2005’s Syriana. In addition, he also successfully slipped into directing and producing, including such hits as 2011’s The Ides of March and the following year’s Academy Award-winning Argo.