Happy birthday, George Clooney

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One of Hollywood’s bona fide icons of style turns 56 today — and to celebrate the occasion, here are 10 things we love about George Clooney.

His silver locks

Think salt and pepper, think George Clooney. “Ageing gracefully” is a platitude usually reserved for men who’ve let themselves go but it truly resonates with Clooney, whose crop of silver hair adds that indescribable debonair, distinguished, sophisticated quality.

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His tuxedos

Sure, he has the benefit of being snapped in formalwear every other day, but most of us don’t look nearly as good in formalwear. Clooney is a master of black tie, embodying that sense of old-school Hollywood glamour.

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His wife

It takes a lot to steal the limelight away from the perennial sexiest man alive, but an international human rights lawyer with supermodel looks does just that. Hat’s off, Amal.

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His appearances as Danny Ocean

Ocean’s Eleven — a remake of the 1960s Rat Pack film featuring fellow smouldering stars Brad Pitt and Matt Damon — was the film that truly launched Clooney from a TV favourite and hit-and-miss movie star into another stratosphere as one of Hollywood’s premier leading men in 2001.

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His real estate portfolio

A priceless villa in Italy’s Lake Como (below), his primary residence in LA’s Studio City, a seaside retreat in Mexico’s Los Cabos worth more than US$100m, a 17th Century manor on the River Thames . . . but still yet to get a foot in the door of the Sydney property market.

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His Caesar cut

The sight of heart throb Dr Doug Ross on ER in the mid-90s popularised the Caesar style but few imitations pulled it off quite as well as Clooney in his hospital scrubs. And let’s forget the peroxide blonde he rocked a couple of years later . . .

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His arrivals at Cannes

The Lake Como local loves the Mediterranean lifestyle, and he’s made a habit of stylish arrivals by water at the Cannes Film Festival. Imagine a scene out of Wolf of Wall Street . . . except, you know, without all the sex, drugs, and criminal fraud.

His suits

George is a no-frills sort of guy — he sticks to a modern-cut Armani in black or charcoal, often dressed down with a crisp open-collared shirt sans tie. His wardrobe in general works with a monochromatic colour palette, which has become one of his style signatures.

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His taste in drinks

His Nespresso ads are famous (below), but he’s a fan of stronger stuff, too. Clooney has also done commercials for Martini Vermouth, had a keg of Guinness installed in his trailer while he was filming Ocean’s Eleven, and has even founded his own line of award-winning tequila, Casamigos.

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His portrayal of Batman

This campy 1997 adaptation opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze — which enjoys the distinction of being the only portrayal of the Dark Knight to feature in-built nipples on the bat suit — is universally panned as a stinker, but at least it provides something to prop up Ben Affleck at the bottom of ‘best to worst’ Batman rankings.

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