George Clooney's Early Acting Roles

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George Clooney made his television debut in 1968, on dad Nick's show. Between then and ER, the television show that would make him a household name, the actor—who turns 52 today—had a number of roles in quirky shows and films. Here's a look at a few of them. And Happy Birthday, George!

Street Hawk

Clooney played Kevin Stark in the second episode of the 1985 TV series Street Hawk, about a high-tech crime-fighting motorcycle.


No, not that one. Before he played Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, Clooney was Ace, an EMT in the 1984 sitcom E/R.

Return to Horror High

In 1987, Clooney was snuffed in the slasher flick Return to Horror High.

The Golden Girls

Clooney hung out with Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose when he played Bobby Hopkins in the 1987 episode "To Catch a Neighbor."

Baby Talk

In this 1991 TV series—loosely based on the Look Who's Talking movie series—Clooney played Joe, a construction worker renovating Maggie Campbell's loft. (Tony Danza was the voice of the baby.)

Bodies of Evidence

Clooney was Detective Walker in this series, which aired 16 episodes in 1992 and 1993.