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George Clooney's Early Acting Roles

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George Clooney made his television debut in 1968, on dad Nick's show. Between then and ER, the television show that would make him a household name, the actor—who turns 52 today—had a number of roles in quirky shows and films. Here's a look at a few of them. And Happy Birthday, George!

Street Hawk

Clooney played Kevin Stark in the second episode of the 1985 TV series Street Hawk, about a high-tech crime-fighting motorcycle.

E/R

No, not that one. Before he played Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, Clooney was Ace, an EMT in the 1984 sitcom E/R.

Return to Horror High

In 1987, Clooney was snuffed in the slasher flick Return to Horror High.

The Golden Girls

Clooney hung out with Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose when he played Bobby Hopkins in the 1987 episode "To Catch a Neighbor."

Baby Talk

In this 1991 TV series—loosely based on the Look Who's Talking movie series—Clooney played Joe, a construction worker renovating Maggie Campbell's loft. (Tony Danza was the voice of the baby.)

Bodies of Evidence

Clooney was Detective Walker in this series, which aired 16 episodes in 1992 and 1993.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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