George Clooney

Clooney in 2008, cinemafestival /

Birth Name: George Timothy Clooney

Place of Birth: Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: May 6, 1961

Ethnicity: Irish, English, and German, with more distant Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, and remote French Huguenot and Dutch

George Clooney is an American actor, writer, director, producer, and activist. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005). His film roles also include Return to Horror High, Grizzly II: Revenge, Return of the Killer Tomatoes, From Dusk till Dawn, One Fine Day, Batman & Robin, The Peacemaker, Out of Sight, The Thin Red Line, Three Kings, The Perfect Storm, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Ocean’s Eleven (2001), and its sequels; Welcome to Collinwood, Solaris (2002), Intolerable Cruelty, The Good German, Michael Clayton, Burn After Reading, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Up in the Air, The American, The Descendants, Gravity, Tomorrowland, Hail, Caesar!, Money Monster, and Ticket to Paradise. He has directed the films Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck., Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men, The Midnight Sky, all of which he starred in, and Suburbicon and The Tender Bar. First coming to fame on the series ER, George was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1997, and again in 2006.

George is the son of Nina Bruce (Warren), a beauty queen and city councilwoman, and Nick Clooney (Nicholas Joseph Clooney), a journalist and television personality. His aunt, father’s sister, was singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. He is a cousin of Rosemary’s sons, actors Miguel Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer, and a first cousin, once removed, of actress Tessa Ferrer.

George’s father is of one half Irish and one quarter German descent, with his other quarter being a mix of English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish. George’s mother has English ancestry, along with more distant Scottish, Welsh, and remote French Huguenot and Dutch, roots.

George is married to lawyer Amal (Alamuddin) Clooney, who is of Druze and Lebanese descent. The couple has two children.

George’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Nicholas Clooney, was born, c. 1829, in Windgap, County Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of David Clooney and Mary McGrath, farmers.

George’s paternal grandfather was Andrew Joseph Clooney (the son of Andrew B. Clooney and Crescentia/Cynthia Koch). George’s grandfather Andrew was born in Kentucky. George’s great-grandfather Andrew was the son of Nicholas Clooney and Bridget Byron, who were Irish immigrants. Crescentia was born in Ohio, the daughter of ethnic German parents, Joseph Henry Koch, from Prussia, and Margaret Fehler, from Lorraine, France.

George’s paternal grandmother was Marie Frances Guilfoyle (the daughter of Michael Joseph Guilfoyle and Martha Adelia/Delia “Ada” Farrow). Marie Frances was born in Kentucky. Michael was the son of Cornelius/Con Guilfoyle, from Tipperary, Ireland, and of Rosanna/Roseanna “Rose” Sweeney, whose parents were Irish, her father from Laois and her mother from Kilkenny. Martha was the daughter of Samuel Tully Farrow and Ellin Breckenridge “Ella” Vanden.

George’s maternal grandmother was Marvin Jackson Warren (the son of William H. Warren and Ida Lee Chambers). Marvin was born in Kentucky. William was the son of John Linton Warren and Mary B. Gatton. Ida was the daughter of John Martin Chambers and Lucinda/Lucy Ann Crow.

George’s maternal grandmother was Dica Mae Edwards (the daughter of Ansel Leroy “Roy” Edwards and Nora Bell/Belle Perkins). Dica was born in Boyle County, Kentucky. Ansel was the son of James “Jack” Edwards and Dicy Florence Bandy. Nora was the daughter of Cicero Perkins and Martha Jane Wilburn.

George is a half-first cousin, five times removed, of President Abraham Lincoln. George’s maternal great-great-great-great-grandmother, Mary Ann “Polly” Sparrow, was the half-sister of Nancy Hanks, who was the mother of President Lincoln (Mary and Nancy were both the daughters of Lucy Hanks). Through the same line, George is also a seventh cousin, once removed, of actor Tom Hanks. George’s maternal seven times great-grandparents, John Hanks and Catherine, were also the paternal six times great-grandparents of Tom Hanks.

Sources: Genealogies of George Clooney –

Genealogy of George Clooney (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogy of George’s father (through his father’s sister, Rosemary Clooney) –

Notations on George’s Irish ancestry –

George’s paternal great-grandmother, Crescentia/Cynthia Koch, on the 1880 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

162 Responses

  1. muricansareallmutts says:

    How can —- Arab/Hispanic be white means European he’s so dark he matches perfectly in Latino and Mena countries just cause he has an Anglo name and surname doesn’t mean he’s Anglo in fact he doesn’t look it in no way.
    If he had an Arabic/Spanish surname — ——— wouldn’t wonder about his evident being.
    Me a Euro I see him like non-white no one in Europe can mistake him like one of us.
    Only in the New World Countries he’s white for — mixed everyone of every race it is.

    • andrew says:

      He is swarthy complexioned but he has no Arab/MENA features whatsoever.

      • muricansareallmutts says:

        He seems cause HE IS IT. No Euro in him.

          • muricansareallmutts says:

            Like his son and daughter he never been Euro I see his younger pics and visibly he was dark and Hispanic with such face

            George and his sister take everything from him the sis the —-ness too looks a ——.
            For your alterated standard he was and still is Brit/Anglo but sorry for you he’s Hispanic now very light due to the much less melatonine that decreases in elderlies and children.
            Stop to whitewashing every non-white.

          • andrew says:

            Thanks for the fun you provide to us

          • andrew says:


            I alwais thought he resembles coach Nick Mallett (who is English-born), though more in other pics:

            So who is the “—-” one?

            Ricorda…i 4 Mori sulla bandiera ti perseguitano e vedi Arabi ovunque!

          • muricansareallmutts says:

            Rotfl your thoughts are always dumb Mallett can’t resembles him they have in common only the greyish very dark skin —– to be simply white-Euro like you assert for every dark clearly non-Euros who you try ———– and ———— to impose to see as fully Europeans, like their faces very different both Hispanic yep Clooney fits perfectly in MENA countries not in Europe he’s too dark on such different face, Mallett have a very big nose he has surely non-Euro admixture looks ethnic Spaniard and Portuguese not the typcal average Britman who are super pale on delicate features.
            andrew you and only you are the king of —– here hehehe.
            Your mission to whitewashing every ——- and —– is such a failure.
            Ricorda …i 4 Mori sulla bandiera ti perseguitano e vedi gli arabi bianchi e nordici ovunque!

          • andrew says:

            Ricorda che fai ridere i polli, pastorello sardo! Vai a fare il formaggio…va!

          • muricansareallmutts says:

            Ricorda che fai ridere i polli, pastorello ——–! Vai a fare le tortillas…va!

    • cranej1 says:

      Do you consider Jews white people?

    • VikingHalfa says:

      Uhhh….nowhere does it say that George Clooney is Arab/Hispanic. Also, just because an ethnic European is tan, has dark brown hair, and dark brown eyes; that doesn’t automatically mean that you’re not white. For example; one of my uncles on the Norwegian half of my family took DNA ancestry test. Because my father’s family always wondered what his background was because even though my uncle is Norwegian; he has dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and naturally tan skin. And after he did the test and got his DNA results back; Guess what? He’s results ended up being: 95.9% Scandinavian and 4.1% Italian. So Ha! White people can end up having naturally tan skin, dark brown hair, and dark brown eyes! And end up just end up being an ethnic European.

      • VikingHalfa says:

        Dude… First of al, all I said was that he has naturally TAN SKIN. It’s not like I said he was black.. LOL. Also, my cousins (his son and daughter) has white skin, straight blond hair, and blue eyes the same as his wife ; who is half Danish and half Norwegian. AND they facial features are the typical Northern Germanic phenotype face that a Scandinavian has. SO if my uncle wasn’t an ethnic white Norwegian; why did his son AND his daughter ended up looking the way that they do? Second of all, you’re making a lot of assumptions based off of little information I gave you. BECAUSE my father is white, blond, and has Amber colored hair and his DNA results are 92% Norwegian and the rest of his DNA being of Irish, Scottish, Swedish, Welsh, and Finnish descent. And my father’s two other brothers ended up being white as well, and as for their own eye and hair color; one brother has dark ash blonde hair and gray eyes and his other brother having brown hair and green eyes. It’s just that my father’s third brother and his late sister ended up having dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and naturally tan skin. SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS DUDE. GET OVER IT. Now! as FOR ME; I myself am mixed. Because my mother is a South Asian and my father is a Northern Germanic European; so I ended up having dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and naturally tan skin but my face is shaped like a Northern Germanic white person like my father. So because my mix people tell me I look like a Spaniard or Portuguese; so there’s a reason why I used one of my uncles as an example instead of me. Because MY UNCLE is over 96% of his DNA is European! Not me! Because my point is you can be considered “European” and still end up having naturally tan skin, dark brown hair, and dark brown eyes. Third of all! You have NO BASIS to claim that his DNA test was is “fake and manipulated” that just sounds like you’re pathetically coping. You can argue that because he is 4.1% Italian my uncle ended up looking the way that he did; because Southern Italians has half of their DNA be of North African and Middle Eastern descent. But that still doesn’t dismiss the fact that my Uncle is STILL over 95% European!

      • VikingHalfa says:

        I meant to say **amber colored eyes** when I get to the part of me mentioning my father.


      • VikingHalfa says:

        “You’re half Asian but you claim to look like your “Northern German” father….. and Spaniard/Portuguese too…”

        ….I think you have a reading comprehension problem…Because I said Northern GERMANIC. NOT German. Germanic can mean other Northwestern and Northern European countries. Germanic doesn’t just mean German. Norwegians are considered Northern Germanic…..DUH! (rolls eyes)…..ANYWAY! I SAID because of my MIX… I LOOK Spaniard/Portuguese. Because the shape of Spaniards and Portuguese facial features are narrow and Eurocentric like Celtic white Europeans, the only difference is that most Spaniards and Portuguese have dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, and tan skin because regions of the Iberian Peninsula Spaniards and Portuguese people have admixture of North African DNA. Ranging from 5%-35% BUT with the rest of their DNA being of Celtic white ancestry. That’s why whenever a Spaniard or Portuguese person reproduces with a white person; most of the time their kid end up looking white! And I know what I’m saying is the truth because if you look up the Y -Haplogroup gene map of Europe. You will see that the majority of Spaniards and Portuguese DNA is of Celtic ancestry and the rest being of North African decent. That’s why I made that comparison.. BECAUSE…My facial features are shaped like my white European father’s…..BUT my hair color, eye color, and skin tone is the same as my South Asian mother. It’s not that complicated to understand man…LOL
        Also, I know what Europeans look like I visited Norway every Summer since I was a kid. The majority of Norwegians are white, with light colored eyes, and light colored hair, yes…BUT there is a MINORITY of ethnic Norwegians that are tan, brown eyes, and dark brown hair. Even one of my other cousins who was born from my late aunt ended up looking that way, even though their father ( my uncle in law) has blue eyes, light brown hair, and white skin And their other son (my other cousin) ended up having dark brown eyes and dark brown hair but is white! And that cousin has two kids with a blonde, blue eyed Norwegian woman. And guess what? His kids ended up also being blonde and blue eyed like the mother! How do you explain that huh?

        Also, North Africans are not black (LOL). They’re WAY MORE genetically similar Middle Easterners. Only people who are Sub – Saharan Africans, Australian Aborigines, and Melanesians are considered black. Like Seriously man? Do research before you make claims like that.

      • VikingHalfa says:

        Also, North Africans are not black (LOL). They’re WAY MORE genetically similar **to** Middle Easterners. Only people who are **considered black** are Sub – Saharan Africans, Australian Aborigines, and Melanesians are considered black. Like Seriously man? Do research before you make claims like that.

  2. NOTREALLY says:

    Do you DNA test people before you befriend them? You seem like “that” kinda crazy

  3. ashash says:

    His wife is Lebanese, but George is a WASP.

  4. delicatedreams says:

    Another person with German/British isles ancestry that people thinks looks too “dark” for that ancestry…. Instead of trying to insist people are mixed with something stereotypically “darker”, just accept some British or German people look like this. Also, travel a bit more and you’ll find this is not a strange look in northwestern europe.

  5. JRose says:

    It’s like everyone missed that he is French. French people can be as dark and even darker than some people from the Middle East. All it takes is one gene. my family is French and we have quite a few dark skinned people. He’s French. Boom. Mystery solved lol.

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