The charming and debonair George Clooney will be the subject of tonight’s Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton. Most people think of him as a dashing international movie star, but some of us still think of him as our TV Boyfriend. Below are some of his dreamiest television roles:
George Burnett in The Facts Of Life
This early role isn’t tremendously iconic, and yet it is indelibly stamped in my memory. Though my interest in the show waned with Mrs. Garrett’s departure, I kept tuning in for a glimpse of Clooney’s adorable, bemulletted handyman. I was only 6, but I remain convinced I could have taken Natalie down in my quest for his affection.
At the much more mature and worldly age of eight, I was thrilled to find my boyfriend George Clooney had turned up in the first season of Roseanne, as the goofily gorgeous foreman at the plastic factory where Roseanne and her sister work. Like the good sport that he is, Clooney apparently returned in the final season, playing himself; however, like much of the rest of the world, I prefer to pretend that last season never happened.
Detective James Falconer in Sisters
In the early nineties, Sisters was the kind of soapy, tearjerker show that was like catnip for the ladies in my family. We were all engrossed in the tangled family dynamics of the Reed sisters and their families (portrayed by, among others, Swoosie Kurtz, Sela Ward, Patricia Kalember, and Ashley Judd). Clooney joined the show in season 4 as a sexy, sensitive police detective. He married Sela Ward’s character when they are on an airplane that is caught in a tornado (nope, not making that up), but he was sadly killed in the line of duty the following season.
Dr. Doug Ross on ER
On this, the TV show that finally catapulted him into stardom, George Clooney played a troubled, womanizing pediatric surgeon. “A foxy, brooding doctor who saves children? Sign me up!” said every woman in America. His heartthrob status was permanently cemented in the season 2 episode Hell and High Water, which originally aired in 1995. Clooney’s disgraced doctor is redeemed when he rescues a young boy trapped in a culvert in a storm as freezing cold water (possibly as cold as an open-air pool in Iceland) rushes in, threatening to drown them both. “A foxy, brooding doctor who saves children and is now wearing a wet tuxedo? Sign me up again!” said every woman in America.