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The television industry made George Clooney a full-fledged star (who didn't love Dr. Doug Ross on ER?) and is now rewarding him with a special honor, but not for his impressive body of acting, producing or directing work. According to People, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will present Clooney, 49, with a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at this year's Emmys.
Clooney has been active in humanitarian efforts for years, and is being recognized by the Academy at next month's ceremony for his help in the organization of telethons for 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquake in Haiti (all of which raised millions in relief aid), as well as his work to raise awareness about the horrific genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
“George was an obvious choice for this honor," said John Shaffner, the TV Academy’s Chairman and CEO, in a statement. " He has understood and harnessed the power of television, the most powerful medium of our time, to reach into the hearts of people around the world and compelled us to action on behalf of those in sudden and desperate need, as well those tragically oppressed in Darfur.”
The star joins a short list of people to receive the prestigious honor; prior recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, and the late Danny Thomas. As Entertainment Weekly notes, "The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award goes to someone whose humanitarian work has brought credit to the industry and has had a lasting impact on society." We'd certainly have to agree that Clooney has done just that.
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