George Clooney Turns 51: 5 Memorable Movie Roles (Video)

8:21 PM PST 05/06/2012 by THR Staff
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The actor has enjoyed a long and successful career, capped off by his most recent Oscar nomination for "The Descendants."

George Clooney has come a long way since his days as an '80s television regular.

PHOTOS: George Clooney's Career in Pictures

The Academy Award winner has enjoyed a long and storied career, challenging himself to a wide range of dramas, comedies and even kid-friendly fare. On his 51st birthday, The Hollywood Reporter picks five of Clooney's most memorable roles.

Clooney has a whopping 70 acting projects to his credit on IMDb and has stepped behind the camera five times thus far as a director. Below, find video clips from a just few of Clooney's most noteworthy projects.

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E.R. (1994-2009)
Clooney burst on to the scene with a starring role on the hospital television drama, securing his leading man status and stealing the hearts of women across the globe as Dr. Doug Ross.



 

Batman & Robin (1997)
Though it was certainly not his most critically acclaimed performance, Clooney stepped into the iconic batsuit to play the caped crusader with Chris O'Donnell filling in as his partner in fighting crime.



 

Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Clooney stole the spotlight in Steven Soderbergh's remake of the ensemble crime-thriller, playing ringleader Danny Ocean. He went on to reprise the role in the film sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.



 

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
The crime-biopic (co-starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts) marked Clooney's directorial debut.



 

The Descendants (2011)
Clooney received critical acclaim for his emotional performance the Hawaii-set drama, directed by Alexander Payne. Clooney won Best Actor at 2012 Golden Globes and was nominated for an Oscar for the part.


Bonus:
Syriana (2005)
His role in Stephen Gaghan's geopolitical thriller earned Clooney his first Academy Award nomination and win in the supporting actor category.

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