George Clooney, as a 59-year-old, is AARP-eligible — eligibility begins at 50 — and on Sunday, March 28, he will receive a career achievement honor from the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards as part of a virtual ceremony that will be broadcast by Great Performances on PBS.
The Hollywood A-lister is currently promoting Midnight Sky, a film that he directed and in which he stars, which is streaming on Netflix.
“We are delighted to honor George Clooney, whose mastery — and wit — make him one of the most talented and beloved actors of our day, and a director who’d be famous even if we’d never seen him onscreen,” AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins said in a statement. “The combination of his smarts, hard work and experience shows just how wrong stereotypes about aging are.”
Previous recipients of the honor Clooney will receive include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon and Sharon Stone.
The AARP’s annual Movies for Grownups event aims to celebrate “movies for grownups, by grownups,” and to help combat industry ageism while encouraging films that resonate with older viewers.