From ‘Golden Girls’ To ‘The Facts Of Life’: Remembering George Clooney’s Pre-‘ER’ TV Roles

05.06.15 4 years ago 6 Comments
George Clooney turns 54 today, and to celebrate, we’re looking at some of his early television roles. Before he became a huge star on ER, and eventually landed roles in The Perfect Storm, Three Kings, and the Ocean’s trilogy, he was just another struggling actor hoping to catch his big — non-Return of the Killer Tomatoes — break. Here are five shows where you might have seen George Clooney in the 80s and early 90s.

E/R – (1984-85)

That’s right, 10 years before George Clooney became a star on ER, he was a cast member on a medical sitcom called E/R. In this show, he plays Mark, aka Ace, a hotshot EMT who is the nephew of one of the doctors at the hospital. As you can see in the above clip, his legendary charm was evident back then, too, as his character quickly starts flirting with the receptionist. E/R starred Elliott Gould and Conchata Farrell, along with Mary McDonnell (who later had a lengthy arc on ER before Battlestar Galactica) and Seinfeld star Jason Alexander. The show would last one season on CBS before getting canceled in the summer of ’85.

The Facts Of Life (1985-87)

Arguably Clooney’s most famous pre-fame role, he was a full-time cast member on The Facts Of Life towards the end of the show’s run. He played Bobby, a handyman who lived next door to Edna’s Edibles, the gourmet shop Mrs. Garrett ran after the girls graduated from high school. He appeared on the show regularly in the 1985-86 season, and in the following season, he became a less prominent part of the show, but still had a recurring presence.

The Golden Girls (1987)

In a Season 2 episode of The Golden Girls, Clooney guest starred as a detective named Bobby, who shows up along with two other detectives who are on a stakeout. It turns out, the Girls’ new neighbors, who seemed perfectly lovely, are actually international jewel thieves. As you might guess, the Girls get a bit flirty with him. He also guest starred on an episode of Murder, She Wrote as a man named Kip. Unfortunately, Angela Lansbury didn’t take a shot at him.

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