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Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor, vaudevillian, comedian, producer, and radio personality. In a career spanning nine decades and continuing until shortly before his death, he appeared in more than 300 films and was among the last surviving stars of the silent film era. At the height of a career that was marked by declines and comebacks, Rooney performed the role of Andy Hardy in a series of 16 films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A versatile performer, he became a celebrated character actor later in his career. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney "the best there has ever been". Clarence Brown, who directed him in two of his earliest dramatic roles, National Velvet and The Human Comedy, said he was "the closest thing to a genius I ever worked with". Rooney first performed in vaudeville as a child and made his film debut at the age of six. At 14, he played Puck in the play and later the 1935 film adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Critic David Thomson hailed his performance as "one of the cinema's most arresting pieces of magic". In 1938, he co-starred in Boys Town. At 19, he was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in Babes in Arms, and he was awarded a special Academy Juvenile Award in 1939. At the peak of his career between the ages of 15 and 25, he made 43 films, which made him one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's most consistently successful actors and a favorite of MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer. Rooney was the top box-office attraction from 1939 to 1941 and one of the best-paid actors of that era, but his career would never again rise to such heights. Drafted into the Army during World War II, he served nearly two years entertaining over two million troops on stage and radio and was awarded a Bronze Star for performing in combat zones. Returning from the war in 1945, he was too old for juvenile roles but too short to be an adult movie star, and was unable to get as many starring roles. Nevertheless, Rooney's popularity was renewed with well-received supporting roles in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and The Black Stallion (1979). In the early 1980s, he returned to Broadway in Sugar Babies and again became a celebrated star. Rooney made hundreds of appearances on TV, including dramas, variety programs, and talk shows, and won an Emmy in 1982 plus a Golden Globe for his role in Bill (1981).

Birthday
1920-09-23
Deathday
2014-04-06 (93 years old)
Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Gender
Male
Also Known As :
Credits
The Care Bears Movie
The Care Bears Movie (1985)
as Mr. Cherrywood (voice)
My Outlaw Brother
My Outlaw Brother (1951)
as J. Dennis 'Denny' O'Moore
Quicksand
Quicksand (1950)
as Daniel 'Dan' Brady
Babes in Arms
Babes in Arms (1939)
as Mickey Moran
Drive a Crooked Road
Drive a Crooked Road (1954)
as Eddie Shannon
Girl Crazy
Girl Crazy (1943)
as Danny Churchill, Jr.
Baby Face Nelson
Baby Face Nelson (1957)
as Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis
Bill
Bill (1981)
as Bill Sackter
Bill: On His Own
Bill: On His Own (1983)
as Bill Sackter
Summer Holiday
Summer Holiday (1948)
as Richard Miller
Babes on Broadway
Babes on Broadway (1941)
as Tommy Williams
Strike Up the Band
Strike Up the Band (1940)
as Jimmy Connors
National Velvet
National Velvet (1945)
as Michael 'Mi' Taylor
The Human Comedy
The Human Comedy (1943)
as Homer Macauley
The Manipulator
The Manipulator (1971)
as B.J. Lang
The Last Mile
The Last Mile (1959)
as 'Killer' John Mears
Young Tom Edison
Young Tom Edison (1940)
as Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison
The Strip
The Strip (1951)
as Stanley Maxton
The Fireball
The Fireball (1950)
as Johnny Casar
The Big Wheel
The Big Wheel (1949)
as Billy Coy
Killer McCoy
Killer McCoy (1947)
as Tommy McCoy / Killer McCoy
All Ashore
All Ashore (1953)
as Francis 'Moby' Dickerson
Sound Off
Sound Off (1952)
as Mike Donnelly
The Atomic Kid
The Atomic Kid (1954)
as Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry
Revenge of the Red Baron
Revenge of the Red Baron (1994)
as Grandpa Spencer
Everything's Ducky
Everything's Ducky (1961)
as Kermit 'Beetle' McKay
Platinum High School
Platinum High School (1960)
as Steven Conway
He's a Cockeyed Wonder
He's a Cockeyed Wonder (1950)
as Freddie Frisby
The Twinkle In God's Eye
The Twinkle In God's Eye (1955)
as Rev. William Macklin II
Mickey's Race
Mickey's Race (1933)
as Mickey McGuire
A Slight Case of Larceny
A Slight Case of Larceny (1953)
as Augustus "Geechy" Cheevers
Mickey's Luck
Mickey's Luck (1930)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Ape Man
Mickey's Ape Man (1933)
as Mickey McGuire
Down the Stretch
Down the Stretch (1936)
as Snapper Sinclair
Mickey's Pals
Mickey's Pals (1927)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Big Game Hunt
Mickey's Big Game Hunt (1928)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Great Idea
Mickey's Great Idea (1929)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Surprise
Mickey's Surprise (1929)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Mix-Up
Mickey's Mix-Up (1929)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Big Moment
Mickey's Big Moment (1929)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Champs
Mickey's Champs (1930)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Explorers
Mickey's Explorers (1930)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Warriors
Mickey's Warriors (1930)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Stampede
Mickey's Stampede (1931)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Rebellion
Mickey's Rebellion (1931)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Wildcats
Mickey's Wildcats (1931)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Thrill Hunters
Mickey's Thrill Hunters (1931)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Touchdown
Mickey's Touchdown (1933)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Tent Show
Mickey's Tent Show (1933)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Covered Wagon
Mickey's Covered Wagon (1933)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Minstrels
Mickey's Minstrels (1934)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Rescue
Mickey's Rescue (1934)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Medicine Man
Mickey's Medicine Man (1934)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey the Great
Mickey the Great (1945)
as Mickey McGuire
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve (1960)
as Nick Lewis / The Devil
The Big Operator
The Big Operator (1959)
as Little Joe Braun
Hoosier Schoolboy
Hoosier Schoolboy (1937)
as Shockey Carter
Making Waves
Making Waves (1994)
as Gabriel
Thunder County
Thunder County (1974)
as Gas Station Attendant
The Fisherman
The Fisherman (1931)
as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice)
The Hare Mail
The Hare Mail (1931)
as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice)
Radio Rhythm
Radio Rhythm (1931)
as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice)
A Yank at Eton
A Yank at Eton (1942)
as Timothy Dennis
Hot Feet
Hot Feet (1931)
as Oswald (voice) (uncredited)
Mickey's Brown Derby
Mickey's Brown Derby (1929)
as Mickey McGuire
Little Spies
Little Spies (1986)
as James Turner (The Hermit)
Mickey's Eleven
Mickey's Eleven (1927)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Circus
Mickey's Circus (1927)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey in School
Mickey in School (1928)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Movies
Mickey's Movies (1928)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey the Detective
Mickey the Detective (1928)
as Mickey McGuire
Mickey's Little Eva
Mickey's Little Eva (1928)
as Mickey McGuire
The Emperor of Peru
The Emperor of Peru (1982)
as The Engineer
Mickey's Battle
Mickey's Battle (1927)
as Mickey McGuire
The Milky Life
The Milky Life (1993)
as Barry Reilly
Pinocchio
Pinocchio (1957)
as Pinocchio
The Godmothers
The Godmothers (1973)
as Rocky Mastrasso
Mickey's Wild West
Mickey's Wild West (1928)
as Mickey McGuire
Erik the Viking
Erik the Viking (1989)
as Erik's Grandfather
The Year Without a Santa Claus
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)
as Santa Claus (voice)
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970)
as Kris Kingle / Santa Claus (voice)
Pulp
Pulp (1972)
as Preston Gilbert
The Happy Elf
The Happy Elf (2005)
as Santa Claus
Boys Town
Boys Town (1938)
as Whitey Marsh
Words and Music
Words and Music (1948)
as Lorenz Hart
The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion (1979)
as Henry Dailey
Lord Jeff
Lord Jeff (1938)
as Terry O'Mulvaney
Men of Boys Town
Men of Boys Town (1941)
as Whitey Marsh
Off Limits
Off Limits (1952)
as Herbert Tuttle
Stablemates
Stablemates (1938)
as Mickey
80 Steps to Jonah
80 Steps to Jonah (1969)
as Wilfred Bashford
My Pal, the King
My Pal, the King (1932)
as King Charles V
Ambush Bay
Ambush Bay (1966)
as Sgt. Ernest Wartell
The Intruder
The Intruder (1975)
as Capt. Jenkins
Donovan's Kid
Donovan's Kid (1979)
as Old Bailey
Evil Roy Slade
Evil Roy Slade (1972)
as Nelson L. Stool
Babe: Pig in the City
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
as Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel
The Secret Invasion
The Secret Invasion (1964)
as Terence Scanlon
Operation Mad Ball
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
as MSgt. Yancy Skibo
Arabian Adventure
Arabian Adventure (1979)
as Daad El Shur
The Comic
The Comic (1969)
as Cockeye
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937)
as Timmie Donovan
Hold That Kiss
Hold That Kiss (1938)
as Chick Evans
Sin's Pay Day
Sin's Pay Day (1932)
as Chubby Dennis
The Devil Is a Sissy
The Devil Is a Sissy (1936)
as 'Gig' Stevens
Maximum Force
Maximum Force (1992)
as Chief of Police
Love Birds
Love Birds (1934)
as Gladwyn Tootle
Orchids and Ermine
Orchids and Ermine (1927)
as Mickey McGuire
Creole
Creole (1981)
as Narrator
The Extraordinary Seaman
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)
as Cook 3 / C W.J. Oglethorpe
A Family Affair
A Family Affair (1937)
as Andy Hardy
The Big Chance
The Big Chance (1933)
as Arthur Wilson
Slave Ship
Slave Ship (1937)
as Swifty
Love Is a Headache
Love Is a Headache (1938)
as Mike O'Toole
The Chief
The Chief (1933)
as Willie
Blind Date
Blind Date (1934)
as Freddie Taylor
Brothers' Destiny
Brothers' Destiny (1995)
as Father Flanagan
Bluegrass
Bluegrass (1988)
as John Paul Jones
Illusion Infinity
Illusion Infinity (2004)
as Simon / Henry, Sr.
Night Club
Night Club (2011)
as Jerry Sherman
Senior Trip
Senior Trip (1981)
as Himself
Hide-Out
Hide-Out (1934)
as William 'Willie' Miller
Broadway to Hollywood
Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
as Ted Hackett III as Child
Riffraff
Riffraff (1936)
as Jimmy
Officer Thirteen
Officer Thirteen (1932)
as Buddy Malone
Half a Sinner
Half a Sinner (1934)
as Willie Clark
Ah, Wilderness!
Ah, Wilderness! (1935)
as Tommy Miller
The World Changes
The World Changes (1933)
as Otto Peterson as a Child
Boys Will Be Boys
Boys Will Be Boys (1999)
as Wellington
Richard
Richard (1972)
as Guardian Angel
The Big Cage
The Big Cage (1933)
as Jimmy O'Hara
Liberation
Liberation (1994)
as Self (archive footage)
Fol-de-Rol
Fol-de-Rol (1972)
as The Executioner / Noah
Reckless
Reckless (1935)
as Eddie
That's Entertainment!
That's Entertainment! (1974)
as Himself - Host / Narrator
Rodeo Dough
Rodeo Dough (1940)
as Mickey Rooney
That's Entertainment! III
That's Entertainment! III (1994)
as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
Journey Back to Oz
Journey Back to Oz (1974)
as The Scarecrow (voice)
The Magic Voyage
The Magic Voyage (1992)
as Narrator (voice)
Personalities
Personalities (1942)
as Andy Hardy (screen test footage) (uncredited)
High Speed
High Speed (1932)
as Buddy Whipple (uncredited)
Skidoo
Skidoo (1968)
as George 'Blue Chips' Packard
Thousands Cheer
Thousands Cheer (1943)
as Himself - Emcee at the Show
Ace of Hearts
Ace of Hearts (1975)
as Papa Joe
I Like it That Way
I Like it That Way (1934)
as Messenger Boy
It's Showtime
It's Showtime (1976)
as Self (archive footage)
Manhattan Melodrama
Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
as Blackie as a Boy
The Polio Crusade
The Polio Crusade (2009)
as Archive Footage (from March of Dimes)
The Beast of the City
The Beast of the City (1932)
as Mickey Fitzpatrick (uncredited)
Beloved
Beloved (1934)
as Tommy, a Violin Student
The Life of Jimmy Dolan
The Life of Jimmy Dolan (1933)
as Freckles (uncredited)
Sid & Judy
Sid & Judy (2019)
as Himself (archive footage)
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935)
as Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
There Must Be a Pony
There Must Be a Pony (1986)
as Himself (uncredited)
Hollywood’s Children
Hollywood’s Children (1982)
as Self (archive footage)
Mooch Goes to Hollywood
Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971)
as Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
Broadway's Lost Treasures
Broadway's Lost Treasures (2003)
as Mickey (segment "Sugar Babies")
Chained
Chained (1934)
as Boy Shipboard Swimmer (uncredited)
A Dream Comes True
A Dream Comes True (1935)
as Puck (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Lion Roars Again
The Lion Roars Again (1975)
as Himself (uncredited)
Oops, Those Hollywood Bloopers!
Oops, Those Hollywood Bloopers! (1982)
as Self (archive footage)
The Muppets
The Muppets (2011)
as Smalltown Resident
Showbiz Goes to War
Showbiz Goes to War (1982)
as Archive Footage
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983)
as Himself (archive footage)
Naked City
Naked City (1958)
as George Bick
The Fugitive
The Fugitive (1963)
as Charlie Paris
Rawhide
Rawhide (1959)
as Pan Macropolous
The Dick Powell Show
The Dick Powell Show (1961)
as Mike Zampini
Burke's Law
Burke's Law (1963)
as Archie Lido
The Simpsons
The Simpsons (1989)
as himself (voice)
Kraft Suspense Theatre
Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963)
as Sheriff Williams
Combat!
Combat! (1962)
as Harry White
ER
ER (1994)
as Dr. George Bikel
What's My Line?
What's My Line? (1950)
as Self - Mystery Guest
American Dad!
American Dad! (2005)
as Short Producer (voice)
What's My Line?
What's My Line? (1950)
as Self - Panelist
The Match Game
The Match Game (1962)
as Himself - Team Captain
Playhouse 90
Playhouse 90 (1956)
as Sammy Hogarth
The Dick Powell Show
The Dick Powell Show (1961)
as Augie Miller
The Dick Powell Show
The Dick Powell Show (1961)
as Putt-Putt Higgins
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)
as Self - Comedian
The Ed Sullivan Show
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)
as Sketch Actor