Nicholas Clooney (born January 13, 1934) is an American journalist, anchorman and game show host, as well as a politician from the state of Kentucky. He is the brother of singer Rosemary Clooney, and the father of actor and film director George Clooney.
Clooney was born Nicholas Joseph Clooney in Maysville, Kentucky, the son of Frances Marie (née Guilfoyle) and Andrew Joseph Clooney. During a stint as a Corporal in the Army, he was a disc jockey in the Armed Forces Radio Network in Germany, hosting a very popular show called "Music in the Air." He then moved to California for a try at show business. When that did not work out, Clooney moved to Ohio, where he met his wife, Nina, when she was a contestant in a beauty pageant he was judging.
Clooney had a five-year stint as a news anchor in Lexington, Kentucky, then went to Ohio to host his own TV show, the "Nick Clooney Show", first in Columbus, Ohio for WLWC television in the late 60s, then for Cincinnati's WCPO Channel 9 in 1969, and finally with its greatest degree of success for Cincinnati's WKRC-TV Channel 12 through the early 70s. The "Nick Clooney Show" was a local morning show, with a variety and talk-show format. In 1974, he gained his first national fame by hosting the short-lived ABC daytime game show The Money Maze.