NickÂ Clooney was terrified when his son George Clooney dropped out of college and turned to an acting career.Â The Kentucky native quit college and headed to Los Angeles to give acting a try.Â His first major breakthrough was playing Rosanne Barr’s overbearing boss Booker Brooks on the long-running TV show Rosanne.
But George’s father Nick, newscaster & TV host, admits he feared his son wouldn’t succeed withoutÂ getting his college degree.Â He went so far as to plead & beg with George toÂ go back to school and complete his four-year degree, to be a newsman like him.Â
He recalls, “I thought that was terrible. I wasn’t worried about things like drugs. He knew those dangers. I didn’t want him to be a failure.
“I said, ‘Finish college. There are only 3,000 actors in the United States who make more than $50,000 a year, but there are 50,000 broadcasters making a good living.’
“But he was insistent he didn’t want to be a broadcaster like me. I don’t think it was my idealism that put him off. I think he didn’t want to go into an industry where he would constantly be compared to me.”
Both father & son recently visited the Darfur province trying to boost humanitarian efforts.Â