George Clooney gave his best friends $1 million each

Actor and director George Clooney waves next to his wife Amal as they leave the hotel before the red carpet for the movie Suburbicon at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice Italy

His best friend and Casamigos Tequila co-owner Rande Gerber revealed just how selfless George really is when he stopped by MSNBC's Headliners show.

Gerber said it was a gift from Clooney for his friends, who he said "meant a lot to him".

He explained that he and Clooney are part of a group of friends they refer to as "The Boys" and the Suburbicon director invited all of them to his house for a dinner party on September 27, 2013.

When the pals arrived at the Suburbicon director's place, Gerber said that black designer luggage bags were set on the table for each guest.

"George begins to say, 'Listen, I want you guys to know how much you've meant to me and how much you mean to me in my life", remembered Rande. He prepared a speech, telling them all how much they meant to him, and how grateful he was that they each let him sleep on their couches when he was a struggling actor. I'm so fortunate to have all of you and I couldn't be where I am today without all of you. "If you look at what I've been in over the past 15 years, for the most part they weren't going to get made if I didn't do them".

Inside the suitcases was $1 million worth of $20 bills. Every one of us - 14 of us - got $1 million. "Every single one of us", he continued. We're in shock. Like 'What is this?' He goes, "I know we've all been through some hard times, some of you are still going through it".

He claims that as well as giving money to the group, George also paid off their taxes for the year.

His close pal Rande Gerber - who is married to supermodel Cindy Crawford - recalled the highly generous moment on the United States show Headliners which saw the silver-haired fox invite everyone to his pad and surprise them with a suitcase full of money each.

Gerber, a wealthy businessman who is a partner in Clooney's Casamigos Tequila brand, explained that some of "The Boys" weren't doing so well at the time, living paycheck to paycheck - one worked in a Texas bar and another was riding his bike to work. Gerber said he pulled Clooney aside and tried to give the money back. The actor paid some of his friends $1 million each plus incurred taxes in 2013.

"This is who George is", he said.

"That was September 27, 2013", Gerber said. Now September 27th, 2014, he marries Amal. "Now, that's good karma right there", said Gerber. He has been voted People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" twice - in 1997 and 2006 - he's won two Oscars, and once 'accidentally' set up a Tequila company that he sold for almost $1 billion (£748 million).

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