George Clooney's career has evolved from playing a hot handyman dripping with charisma to a, well, hot Oscar-winning actor and producer dripping with charisma. But his resume isn't all that's changed in those four decades – his hair has, too. Here is the long and short of it.
As a kid growing up in Kentucky, little George Timothy Clooney sported shaggy bangs. The hair doesn't scream "George Clooney," but the eyes and grin sure do.
1985 • Well into building an acting career, Clooney sat for a typical Hollywood-style photo shoot showing off his gorgeous wavy locks and fashionable (at the time) mullet.
1988 • A gig on "Roseanne" brought Clooney some notoriety… for both him and that fabulous head of hair.
1989 • Clooney hit the road to promote his new film "Red Surf" (notice the poster behind him) playing a -- you guessed it -- surfer who enjoys the lifestyle drug money brings him. His girlfriend, played by Dede Pfeiffer, isn't so crazy about it. But, oh, that hair, gotta love it.
1994 • Five years later, along comes "ER," and, poof, he's pediatrician Dr. Doug Ross. The sophisticated, sexy look had women across the world wishing he took adult patients.
1998 • During his five-plus years on "ER," Clooney let his hair go gray. And we were totally fine with that.
2000 • His role as chain gang escapee Ulysses Everett McGill in the Coen Brothers' adventure comedy "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" had him looking a bit more scruffy. OK, a lot more scruffy.
2001 • Clooney cleaned up nicely to join Matt Damon and Andy Garcia at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ocean's Eleven."
Clooney posed for photos at the 62nd Venice Film Festival, where the historical drama that he directed, co-wrote and had a supporting role in, "Good Night, and Good Luck" premiered. This became Clooney's signature look, which he credits to the Flowbee
2005 • And here is that premiere night. Perfection.
2009 • Clooney took another comical turn on screen, this time in "The Men Who Stare at Goats," which he also produced. The hair isn't bad, but the mustache… nah.
2006 • The look Clooney established during his "ER" years was a timeless "Caesar haircut." But in his second film with the Coen Brothers, "Hail, Caesar!", he played an actor playing Caesar with a Caesar cut. Did you follow all that?
2019 • Clooney went full military in another satirical dark comedy, this time in the Hulu miniseries, "Catch-22," which he also executive produced and directed. He played a parade-obsessed former ROTC graduate who works his way up through the Army to eventually become Brigadier General. And all the way, his hair stood at attention.
2020 • In stark contrast to that wavy-haired, clean-shaven up-and-comer 35 years earlier, Clooney's look in his latest film, Netflix's "Midnight Sky," is a buzz cut and scraggly gray beard. Thankfully, he still has those Clooney eyes.