With all of the prestigious accomplishments and awards that George Clooney has been racking up lately, we really hope that his perfectly groomed head doesn’t swell to the size of a hot air balloon. It would admittedly be hard to fault him for feeling more than a little pleased with himself, however. It’s not every day that a guy gets kudos for his long list of humanitarian efforts and looks remarkably dapper while doing it.
Son of Nick Clooney, a noted ‘hard news’ television journalist, newspaper columnist and one-time politician, the former ER heart throb has left his television days long behind in favor of following in his father’s footsteps. While his illustrious film career has certainly helped pay the bills, it’s also funded various charitable endeavors (Darfur, the Hope For Haiti telethon and Not On Our Watch) that have reflected the mutual affinity that he shares with Clooney senior toward humanitarian advocacy.
Apparently, Hollywood is finally catching up and taking note of the many beneficial things that Clooney junior continues to do with his celebrity status. During the upcoming Emmy Awards scheduled to occur on Sunday, August 29, he will be given the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award – a distinction that has been bestowed on just three other individuals since it was launched in 2002, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas.
Recognizing those who act as true role models through their charitable efforts, triggering a “lasting impact on society” that brings “credit to the industry”, the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences says that Clooney “was an obvious choice.” Bob Hope’s daughter Linda added, “Like my own father, George is a person who looks beyond himself to use his celebrity for good, to make a difference in the world, and to inspire others to do the same.” Everyone at Ecorazzi headquarters couldn’t agree more! Here’s a little bonus for those with a soft spot for father-son relationships — a video of Nick Clooney interviewing his movie star son two years ago (beginning at the 1:23 mark). Awwww.