Here is Jim Emerson's description today of George Clooney:
He's also exceptionally savvy about Hollywood movie history and seems to feel quite comfortable with his own place in it. Film fans used to speculate about whether Clooney could become the Cary Grant of our time, and now we know he's our Clark Gable and William Holden and Dean Martin, too.
I think I agree with this, as Gable, Holden, and Martin are performers I'm actually sorta kinda familiar with . . . .