Videos: George Clooney turns 50
(George Clooney arrives for the 80th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in this Feb. 24, 2008 picture. Kevork Djansezian/AP Photo/file)
Nifty, nifty look who's 50.
George Clooney, a two-time People magazine Sexiest Man alive turns the big 5-0 today. And while he's definitely hot stuff now, Clooney, who was born May 6, 1961 in Lexington, KY, didn't always look this good.
Here's a look back at five of his biggest "misses" over the years (both in regards to roll-choices and his appearance):
"The Facts of Life" (1985-87)
The audio quality on this clip is a little low, but Clooney joined the Facts of Lifein 1985 as a regular cast member playing George Burnett.
His part was cut to recurring the following season, before he was fired from the series (or so he says).
Clooney played Booker Brooks in the first season of Roseanne, who was the manager of the factory where the ladies work and also, eventually, dated Jackie.
Clooney's stint only lasted one season.
"Baby Talk" (1991)
The hair, the quasi-New York accent, it all makes you shudder. Baby Talk was in response to the success of Look Who's Talking. The TV show, which also starred Tony Danza as Baby Mickey's voice, last less than a season. I think it was Clooney's hair.
Clooney played Detective James Falconer, the love interest of Sela Ward's Teddy for a season on the hit drama.
This time his hair's doing the '90s with a classic flop (also worn in that decade by teen hearthrobs like Dawson Creek's James Van Der Beek).
Clooney's character was killed after 19 episodes. (We're starting to sense a pattern here.)
Dr. Doug Ross was Clooney's breakout role, catapulting him into the star he is today.
Not only did Clooney receive multiple award-nominations during his ER run, he also set a fashion statement with his new hairdo in 1994, "The Caesar."
When Clooney left the show, many worried he was "pulling a David Caruso" (who left NYPD Blue for movies stardom, but failed to find it), but Clooney managed to find success on the big screen as well, eventually even winning a best-supporting actor Oscar for his role in Syriana.
Happy birthday George!