George Clooney has been a household name for so long, it’s difficult to remember a time when he wasn’t a star. But before ER became a breakout hit, he definitely had his fair share of struggles as an actor. (Anybody remember him in Return of the Killer Tomatoes!?) Prior to ER’s premiere in 1994, he’d also done a lot of TV shows. Sometimes, it was a recurring role on a successful show, like The Facts of Life or Roseanne, but when it came to starring in his own shows, there were some losers in the bunch — neither E/R (similar name, different show) nor Bodies of Evidence made it out of their first seasons alive. Now that he’s being honored with AFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award, George Clooney Looks Back At His Lean Years (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)

Even though he’s been a superstar for more than two decades, Clooney has a reputation for being one of the nicest, most approachable actors in Hollywood. We can testify to having had several memorable encounters with him ourselves, and we’ve always been struck by how open he is with his fans. He told us it was his early encounter with a big celebrity that made him realize the importance of treating his fans well when they encounter him.  (Click on the media bar below to hear George Clooney)

 AFI’s salute to George Clooney will air on TNT on Thursday, June 21.

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