In 2001, Clooney and Soderbergh co-founded Section Eight Productions, for which Grant Heslov was president of television.
Clooney made his directorial debut in the 2002 film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, based on the autobiography of TV producer Chuck Barris.
He followed its success with the romantic comedy One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer, and the action-thriller The Peacemaker with Nicole Kidman.
The actor was also married to New York actress Talia Balsam for four years between 1989 before divorcing in 1993At the time they released a joint statement confirming the end of their two-year relationship, saying: 'We are not together anymore...It's very difficult and very personal and we hope everyone can respect our privacy.'Talia currently plays Mona Sterling on hit U. show Mad Men, playing the ex-wife of her real-life husband John Slattery, who plays ad man Roger Sterling.Clooney's first role was as an extra in the television mini-series Centennial in 1978, which was based on the novel of the same name by James A.Michener and was partly filmed in Clooney's hometown of Augusta, Kentucky.He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He began his education at the Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Michael's School in Columbus, Ohio; then Western Row Elementary School (a public school) in Mason, Ohio, from 1968 to 1974; and St.
Though the film did not do well at the box office, critics stated that Clooney's directing showed promise.
In 2005, Clooney starred in Syriana, which was based loosely on former Central Intelligence Agency agent Robert Baer's memoirs of his service in the Middle East.
In 2001, Clooney's fame widened with the release of his biggest commercial success, the heist comedy remake Ocean's Eleven, the first of what became a trilogy starring Clooney.
He made his directorial debut a year later with the biographical spy comedy Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and has since directed the historical drama Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), the sports comedy Leatherheads (2008), the political drama The Ides of March (2011), and the war film The Monuments Men (2014).
Clooney made his acting debut on television in 1978, and later gained wide recognition in his role as Dr.