I'm a George Clooney fan. How many movies has he made? Where was he born?
—Megan L., Iowa
The ruggedly handsome 41-year-old actor has appeared in more than 20 movies, though you may have missed his performances in Return of the Killer Tomatoes and Grizzly II: The Predator. Those came early in his career about the same time he had a regular role on the television series The Facts of Life. Clooney, whose father is talk show host Nick Clooney and whose aunt is the late singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, started out with dreams of a career in baseball. The Lexington, Ky., native tried out for a spot on the Cincinnati Reds but didn't make the team. At 21, he decided to pursue an acting career and moved to Los Angeles, where he studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Though his initial projects didn't have much prestige, he did work steadily. He had a regular role on Roseanne before skyrocketing to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on ER. His movie credits include Batman and Robin, Three Kings, and Ocean's Eleven.