Clooney, 49, is being recognized for organizing a telethon that raised funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. He also has been extremely active in helping to increase awareness about genocide in Darfur.
Clooney is only the fourth person to receive the Bob Hope Award. Past winners have been Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby and (in a posthumous presentation) actor-comic Danny Thomas.
– Stephen M. Silverman