Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Less-Famous Clooney Happy as Host of AMC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Less-Famous Clooney Happy as Host of AMC

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FOR YEARS he was known as the brother of Rosemary Clooney. Now he's known as the father of actor George Clooney, who has scored on NBC's hit medical series "ER."

But you can bet it's something that Nick Clooney has never lost sleep over.

"I found out early that I couldn't sing as good as Rosemary," Clooney said with a chuckle during a recent telephone conversation. It's not that he didn't try.

While growing up in the little town of Maysville, Ky., the Clooney kids - Rosemary, Betty and Nick - would provide their family with "shows."

"Those moments are frozen in my mind," Clooney said. "We'd sing and tell jokes. They thought we were wonderful and that really started us on the road to entertainment."

Rosemary went on to be a top pop singer in the 1950s, and also co-star in several movies such as "White Christmas" and "Red Garters." She also was a regular on television variety shows during the decade. Betty became a successful singer, too, and was a member of the gang on CBS' "Morning Show" during the 1950s.

Nick pursued a broadcasting career, working at stations in Delaware, Kentucky and Ohio. He eventually wound up as the host of ABC's game show "The Money Maze," but afterward he returned to news and was anchor at Los Angeles' KNBC-TV. Today he's probably best known to viewers of American Movie Classics as one of the cable channel's "between-the-films" hosts.

It's a job he all but gushes over.

"Nobody has ever fallen into a pile of honey as deep and delicious as I have," Clooney said. "The job is even better than I thought it would be. It's something after all these years as a newsman to find myself in a situation where I can really get into the movies.

"Some of the people I've been able to talk to - Ginger Rogers, Donald O'Connor and many more - make me feel like I'm the luckiest newsman in the world."

Clooney comes by his enthusiasm for the movies honestly. …

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