Back to the '90s: A Then-and-Now Look at Your Favorite Heartthrobs

By Jack Ripley | December 18, 2023

George Clooney, 1990s

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Who better to bring a dash of silver fox charm to our 90s heartthrob gallery than the eternally suave George Clooney?  The 90s were a defining decade for this Kentucky boy. He strutted onto our TV screens as Dr. Doug Ross in the hit medical drama ER, with his perfect hair (that signature Caesar cut, anyone?), that irresistible twinkle in his eyes, and his mesmerizing charm. Oh, and his excellent medical skills, of course. The show ran from 1994 to 1999, and during that time, Clooney's character saved countless lives, broke quite a few hearts, and earned him two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Meanwhile, on the big screen, Clooney donned the iconic Batman suit in Batman & Robin (1997). While the film was a subject of mixed reviews, Clooney's charisma was undeniable. His heartthrob status was officially etched in stone - or should we say cast in the Gotham sky?

George Clooney, 2023

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Fast forward to now. While the Caesar haircut may have given way to a more mature salt-and-pepper look, Clooney's heartthrob appeal has remained as timeless as ever. He's transitioned from playing a charming TV doctor and a superhero to taking on critically acclaimed roles in films like Up in the Air (2009) and The Descendants (2011). On the personal front, Clooney is happily married to human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The couple has twins, and based on Clooney's interviews and appearances, he's thoroughly enjoying his role as a doting dad. Let's face it, George Clooney as a family man? Our hearts never stood a chance.