Peter Travers' Top 10 Actors Who Direct in the 21st Century

From Ben Affleck to Lena Dunham

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George Clooney
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2. George Clooney

People mag's two-time Sexiest Man Alive already has an Oscar for acting, for 2005's Syriana. And he came damn close to catching Academy gold for directing Good Night, and Good Luck in the same year. Clooney debuted behind the camera with 2002's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, suffered a setback with 2008's Leatherheads, and then came back swinging as director and actor in the 2011 political drama, The Ides of March.

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