Actor George Clooney

Celebrity Q&A, People
on June 1, 2008

George Clooney plays a football player in Leatherheads. But was he ever one in real life—in high school or college?
—Emma English, Lapeer, Mich.

Clooney, 47, planned to play football in high school, but his family moved from Mason, Ohio, to Augusta, Ky., where his father, broadcast journalist Nick Clooney, found work. Augusta High School had no football program, only basketball and baseball, and Clooney played both of those sports. Before his Hollywood acting career, Clooney hoped to become a professional baseball player. He even tried out for the Cincinnati Reds, but didn't make the team. To this day, he still plays basketball with friends.