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Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

  • Born on
    • September 23rd, 1920
  • Died on
    • April 6th, 2014
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).

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Filmography

Acting (83 Credits)

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2014Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb as Gus
2011Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon
2011The Muppets as Smalltown Resident
2008A Miser Brothers' Christmas
2006Night at the Museum as Gus
2001Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure as Sparky (voice)
2000Phantom of the Megaplex as Movie Mason
1998Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy as (archive footage)
1998Babe: Pig in the City as Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel
1995Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart
1992The Magic Voyage as Narrator (voice)
1992MGM: When the Lion Roars
1991Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker as Joe Petto
1991My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys as Junion
1989Erik the Viking as Erik's Grandfather
1989Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland as Flip
1986The Care Bears
1985The Care Bears Movie as Mr. Cherrywood (voice)
1984It Came Upon the Midnight Clear as Mike Halligan
1981The Fox and the Hound as Tod (voice)
1981Bill as Bill Sackter
1979The Black Stallion as Henry Dailey
1979Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July as Santa Claus
1979Arabian Adventure as Daad El Shur
1978The Magic of Lassie as Gus
1977Pete's Dragon as Lampie
1977The Domino Principle as Spiventa
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974The Year Without a Santa Claus as Santa Claus (voice)
1972Pulp as Preston Gilbert
1972Evil Roy Slade as Nelson L. Stool
1972Journey Back to Oz as The Scarecrow (voice)
1970Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town as Kris Kingle / Santa Claus (voice)
1969The Comic as Martin "Cockeye" Van Buren
1969The Extraordinary Seaman as Cook 3 / C W.J. Oglethorpe
1968Skidoo as George 'Blue Chips' Packard
1966Ambush Bay as Sgt. Ernest Wartell
1965How to Stuff a Wild Bikini as Peachy Keane
1964The Secret Invasion as Terence Scanlon
1963It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World as Ding 'Dingy' Bell
1962Requiem for a Heavyweight as Army
1961Breakfast at Tiffany's as Mr. Yunioshi
1957Baby Face Nelson as Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis
1957Operation Mad Ball as MSgt. Yancy Skibo
1954Drive a Crooked Road as Eddie Shannon
1954The Bridges at Toko-Ri as Mike Forney
1951My Outlaw Brother as J. Dennis 'Denny' O'Moore
1951The Strip as Stanley Maxton
1950Quicksand as Daniel 'Dan' Brady
1949The Big Wheel as Billy Coy
1948Summer Holiday as Richard Miller
1948Words and Music as Lorenz Hart
1946Love Laughs at Andy Hardy as Andy Hardy
1944National Velvet as Michael 'Mi' Taylor
1944Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble as Andy Hardy
1943Girl Crazy as Danny Churchill, Jr.
1943The Human Comedy as Homer Macauley
1942Andy Hardy's Double Life as Andy Hardy
1942The Courtship of Andy Hardy as Andy Hardy
1941Babes on Broadway as Tommy Williams
1941Andy Hardy's Private Secretary as Andy Hardy
1941Life Begins for Andy Hardy as Andy Hardy
1941Men of Boys Town as Whitey Marsh
1940Strike Up the Band as Jimmy Connors
1940Young Tom Edison as Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison
1940Andy Hardy Meets Debutante as Andy Hardy
1939Babes in Arms as Mickey Moran
1939The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Huckleberry Finn
1939Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever as Andy Hardy
1938Boys Town as Whitey Marsh
1938Love Finds Andy Hardy as Andy Hardy
1937Thoroughbreds Don't Cry as Timmie Donovan
1937A Family Affair as Andy Hardy
1937Captains Courageous as Dan Troop
1936Little Lord Fauntleroy as Dick Tipton
1936Riffraff as Jimmy
1935Ah Wilderness! as Tommy Miller
1935Reckless as Eddie
1935A Midsummer Night's Dream as Puck
1934Hide-Out as William 'Willie' Miller
1934Manhattan Melodrama as Blackie as a Boy
1934Chained as Boy Shipboard Swimmer (uncredited)
1932The Beast of the City as Mickey Fitzpatrick (uncredited)

Writer (1 Credits)

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Himself (3 Credits)

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1994That's Entertainment! III as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator
1974That's Entertainment! as Himself - Host / Narrator
1943Thousands Cheer as Himself - Emcee at the Show

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