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The Five: Shows George Clooney wishes weren't on his IMDb profile

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 6th 2006 10:06PM
George Clooney on The Facts of LifeGeorge Clooney isn't the first Oscar winner who started his acting life on television; heck, he's not even the tenth. Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt and Hillary Swank, for instance, all had significant TV experience before making it big on film (Bosom Buddies, anyone? Beverly Hills, 90210?). But has any Oscar winner had the checkered acting history that Clooney has? Yeah, yeah, he came to prominence in a little medical drama called ER (whatever happened with that show, anyway? Is it still on the air?), but what came before that is a bunch of roles that Clooney would rather not talk about:

1. The Facts of Life: This is the one everyone remembers. He played George Burnett, the contractor hired by Mrs. Garrett and the girls to help them rebuild Edna's Edibles after it burnt down. After the store re-opened as a novelty shop, George stayed on to be, I guess, the "hunky male presence" on the show. He actually lasted on the show for two whole seasons, and came back for a guest appearance or two in the show's last year. His role was mostly forgettable and the show had already run its course, but things could have been worse; he got to stare at Kim Fields' blossoming womanhood everyday.

2. Roseanne: I don't think George would be embarrased by the classic sitcom itself, but with how quickly his role as Booker, the foreman at the factory where Roseanne and her sister Jackie worked, disappeared. Think about it: he gets a plum role on a highly-hyped series that's starring the era's hottest stand-up comedian. He even had a love interest in Jackie. George thought he had it made. Then Roseanne decided to shift the show away from her character's working life and -- OOPS! -- there goes the plum role, even before the first season was over.

3. E/R: No, not ER! E/R! With a slash in the middle! E/R was a sitcom from the mid-'80s that took place in, yes, a Chicago emergency room. It starred Mary McDonnell (currenlty on Battlestar Galactica), Jason Alexander, and... wait for it... Elliott Gould. Thaaaaat's right. Elliott Gould, one of the original series killers. George played the hotshot orderly (or was he a hotshot intern?) Ace. I vaguely remember this show; it wasn't bad, but any show with Gould as the star was doomed to failure.

4. Sunset Beat: I had no idea this show even existed, but the IMDb description of it is priceless: "A team of Los Angeles cops go undercover posing as motorcycle bikers to nail street crime and other disorder in town." I'm sure that the mullet George was growing on Facts was in full bloom here.

5. Bodies of Evidence: The name alone is awful. I don't know much about this one, but it was an early-'90s crime drama that starred Lee Horsely or Matt Houston fame. Hopefully, George didn't grow a moustache to match Lee's. That would have looked kinda...odd.

Anyone remember either of these last two shows, or any of Clooney's other painful TV roles? Let me know in the comments.

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Dyan

I remember sunset beat. If memory serves me correct, George played a motorcycle cop and a wannabe rock star, one of the DeLuise boys were also in it,although I don't remember which one. The concept wasn't bad, however it's scrips seemed a little thin. I also remember him in Body of evidence, which was a terrble show. I love George Clooney and Lee Horsley, however neither could act their way out of a wet paper bag. I watched it just to see Clooney, but even his hair wasn't him in that show.

March 09 2006 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susan

You mean he was on two shows called ER? One with the slash (/) and one without?

March 09 2006 at 9:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sue

What I give George the most credit for is his work ethic...He is sure NOT afraid to work as proven by all the pilots he has been in, not to mention the guest spots and movies...the one movie I thought he was great in (and it was a cute "chick flick") was the one with Michelle Pheiffer, "One Fine Day..." I think that was the name of the movie...another "stepping stone" for him but also another medium for us to enjoy our "eye candy.." Now I need to fine the movie and watch in again...!

March 09 2006 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
KANROCKJUST

I love George Clooney! He was totally hot on FACTS OF LIFE & I always had the feeling he was destined for bigger & better things. I also loved how he resurfaced on ROSEANNE. I am so glad he is finally getting roles that are OSCAR worthy but those early those are nothing to be ashamed of. He gave me a reason to watch TV when he was just a young hottie!!!

March 09 2006 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane

I remember E/R very well. In fact, when I first heard the press mention George Clooney from E.R. as the latest heartthrob, I thought they were referring to his part on the comedy.

March 09 2006 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shay

I remember Sunset Beat! It's kind of the reason I like to ride bikes now! George Clooney on a Harley! OMG Can it get much hotter?!

March 09 2006 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mp

Found these pix of George Clooney in Sunset Beat. No mullet but quite a head of hair!

March 09 2006 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
michelle

why deny your start??? thank all that gave it to you

March 09 2006 at 7:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Not only TV shows, but I believe his first movie was the sequal to "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"

March 09 2006 at 7:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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