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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).

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Sep 23, 1920 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Orchids and Ermine 1927-03-06
Latest Project:
Movie Sid & Judy 2019-06-26
Known For
Poster of Hollywood : la vie rêvée de Lana Turner
Poster of Above the Line
Poster of Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World'
Poster of Hey Mulligan
Movie Sid & Judy Himself (archive footage) 2019-06-26
Movie Hollywood : la vie rêvée de Lana Turner (archive footage) 2019-05-22
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Mr. Louis 2017-01-31
Movie The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Himself 2014-05-02
Movie Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Gus 2014-12-17
Movie The Voices from Beyond Johnny O'Hara 2012-02-20
Movie Driving Me Crazy Mr. Cohen 2012-01-06
Movie Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon 2011-11-02
Movie Night Club Jerry Sherman 2011-04-11
Movie The Muppets Smalltown Resident 2011-11-22
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009-07-02
Series Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2009-10-03
Movie Lost Stallions: The Journey Home Chief 2008-06-13
Series Above the Line 2008-07-23
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History Himself 2008-10-14
Movie A Miser Brothers' Christmas 2008-12-13
Movie Empire State Building Murders Mickey Silver 2008-08-14
Movie A Christmas Too Many Grandpa 2007-12-04
Movie The Thirsting Savy 2006-01-01
Movie Night at the Museum Gus 2006-10-20
Movie Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star 2006-01-21
Movie The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams David McCord 2005-07-15
Series American Dad! Unknown 2005-02-06
Movie The Happy Elf Santa Claus 2005-12-02
Movie Illusion Infinity Simon / Henry, Sr. 2004-01-01
Movie To Kill a Mockumentary Max 2004-01-01
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Himself 2004-02-25
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures Mickey (segment "Sugar Babies") 2003-08-10
Movie Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Sparky (voice) 2001-02-18
Movie Phantom of the Megaplex Movie Mason 2000-11-10
Movie Boys Will Be Boys Wellington 1999-02-24
Movie The First of May Boss Ed 1999-03-20
Series The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Movie Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy (archive footage) 1998-01-01
Movie Animals with the Tollkeeper 1998-01-06
Movie Babe: Pig in the City Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel 1998-11-25
Movie Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights Sage 1998-06-11
Series Conan the Adventurer Unknown 1997-09-22
Movie Michael Kael contre la World News Company 1997-11-02
Series Mike Hammer, Private Eye Unknown 1997-09-23
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Brothers' Destiny Father Flanagan 1995-01-01
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Movie Making Waves Gabriel 1994-01-01
Movie Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart 1994-01-01
Movie Liberation Self (archive footage) 1994-01-01
Movie Revenge of the Red Baron Grandpa Spencer 1994-09-28
Series ER Dr. George Bikel 1994-09-19
Movie That's Entertainment! III Himself - Co-Host / Narrator 1994-07-01
Series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Unknown 1993-01-27
Movie Sweet Justice Zeke 1993-04-07
Movie The Milky Life Barry Reilly 1993-02-23
Movie The Magic Voyage Narrator (voice) 1992-04-09
Series The Adventures of the Black Stallion 1992-01-05
Series MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992-03-22
Series Jack's Place Unknown 1992-05-26
Movie Maximum Force Chief of Police 1992-10-07
Movie The Legend of Wolf Mountain Pat Jensen 1992-09-01
Movie Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' (archive footage) 1991-01-01
Movie My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Junion 1991-03-01
Movie Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker Joe Petto 1991-11-06
Movie The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic Self (archive footage) 1990-02-20
Movie Adventures of the Black Stallion Henry Dailey 1990-09-15
Movie Home for Christmas Elmer 1990-12-02
Movie Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Flip 1989-07-15
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Movie Erik the Viking Erik's Grandfather 1989-09-01
Movie Bluegrass John Paul Jones 1988-02-28
Series Full House Unknown 1987-09-22
Movie The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Jack Bergan 1986-04-18
Movie The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn Himself 1986-03-09
Movie Little Spies James Turner (The Hermit) 1986-10-05
Movie There Must Be a Pony Himself (uncredited) 1986-10-05
Movie Lightning, the White Stallion Barney Ingram 1986-10-17
Movie The Care Bears Movie Mr. Cherrywood (voice) 1985-03-23
Series The Care Bears 1985-09-14
Series The Golden Girls Rocco 1985-09-14
Movie It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Mike Halligan 1984-12-15
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Bill: On His Own Bill Sackter 1983-11-09
Series One of the Boys 1982-01-23
Movie The Emperor of Peru The Engineer 1982-12-09
Movie Hollywood’s Children Self (archive footage) 1982-02-24
Movie The Fox and the Hound Tod (voice) 1981-07-10
Movie Leave 'em Laughing Jack Thum 1981-04-29
Movie Bill Bill Sackter 1981-12-22
Movie Senior Trip Himself 1981-12-30
Movie From Raquel with Love Himself 1980-11-23
Movie My Kidnapper, My Love 1980-12-08
Movie Donovan's Kid Old Bailey 1979-01-07
Movie Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Santa Claus 1979-07-01
Movie The Black Stallion Henry Dailey 1979-10-13
Movie Arabian Adventure Daad El Shur 1979-07-08
Movie The Magic of Lassie Gus 1978-08-02
Movie Mickey's 50 Himself 1978-11-19
Movie The Domino Principle Spiventa 1977-03-23
Movie Pete's Dragon Lampie 1977-11-03
Movie It's Showtime 1976-03-31
Movie Find the Lady Trigger 1976-11-11
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie The Lion Roars Again Himself (uncredited) 1975-01-01
Movie The Intruder Capt. Jenkins 1975-01-01
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie From Hong Kong with Love Marty 1975-12-17
Movie The Godmothers Rocky Mastrasso 1975-10-13
Movie Ace of Hearts Papa Joe 1975-08-22
Movie Thunder County Gas Station Attendant 1974-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! Himself - Host / Narrator 1974-06-21
Movie The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa Claus (voice) 1974-12-10
Movie Journey Back to Oz The Scarecrow (voice) 1974-12-05
Movie Evil Roy Slade Nelson L. Stool 1972-02-18
Movie Pulp Preston Gilbert 1972-11-01
Movie Richard Guardian Angel 1972-07-31
Movie The Manipulator B.J. Lang 1971-12-15
Movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood Mickey Rooney (uncredited) 1971-12-31
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Indian Tom 1970-04-01
Movie Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Kris Kingle / Santa Claus (voice) 1970-12-14
Movie The Extraordinary Seaman Cook 3 / C W.J. Oglethorpe 1969-05-14
Movie 80 Steps to Jonah Wilfred Bashford 1969-12-01
Movie The Comic Martin "Cockeye" Van Buren 1969-11-19
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Vienna 1968-01-01
Movie Skidoo George 'Blue Chips' Packard 1968-12-19
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Movie Ambush Bay Sgt. Ernest Wartell 1966-05-10
Movie The Devil in Love Adramelek 1966-12-20
Movie Twenty-Four Hours to Kill Norman Jones 1965-03-08
Movie How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Peachy Keane 1965-07-14
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Movie The Secret Invasion Terence Scanlon 1964-09-16
Series The Hollywood Palace Unknown 1964-01-04
Series Mickey 1964-09-16
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Ding 'Dingy' Bell 1963-11-07
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Movie Requiem for a Heavyweight Army 1962-10-16
Series The Dick Powell Show Unknown 1961-09-26
Movie King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein Johnny Burke 1961-06-11
Movie Breakfast at Tiffany's Mr. Yunioshi 1961-10-06
Movie Everything's Ducky Kermit 'Beetle' McKay 1961-12-20
Movie The Private Lives of Adam and Eve Nick Lewis / The Devil 1960-01-20
Movie Platinum High School Steven Conway 1960-05-13
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Movie The Last Mile 'Killer' John Mears 1959-02-18
Movie The Big Operator Little Joe Braun 1959-08-01
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series Startime Unknown 1959-10-06
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Andy Hardy Comes Home Andy Hardy 1958-12-22
Movie A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Gus Harris 1958-12-01
Movie Operation Mad Ball MSgt. Yancy Skibo 1957-01-01
Movie The Comedian Sammy Hogarth 1957-02-14
Movie Baby Face Nelson Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis 1957-12-11
Movie Pinocchio Pinocchio 1957-10-13
Movie The Bold and the Brave Willie Dooley 1956-01-04
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Magnificent Roughnecks Frank Sommers 1956-07-22
Movie Francis in the Haunted House David Prescott 1956-08-01
Movie The Twinkle In God's Eye Rev. William Macklin II 1955-10-13
Movie Drive a Crooked Road Eddie Shannon 1954-03-10
Series December Bride Unknown 1954-10-04
Series Hey Mulligan 1954-08-28
Movie The Atomic Kid Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry 1954-12-08
Movie The Bridges at Toko-Ri Mike Forney 1954-12-01
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie All Ashore Francis 'Moby' Dickerson 1953-03-03
Movie A Slight Case of Larceny Augustus "Geechy" Cheevers 1953-06-05
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Sound Off Mike Donnelly 1952-05-15
Movie Off Limits Herbert Tuttle 1952-12-30
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Strip Stanley Maxton 1951-08-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie My Outlaw Brother J. Dennis 'Denny' O'Moore 1951-08-22
Movie He's a Cockeyed Wonder Freddie Frisby 1950-02-12
Series What's My Line? Unknown 1950-02-02
Movie Quicksand Daniel 'Dan' Brady 1950-03-24
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie The Fireball Johnny Casar 1950-11-09
Movie The Big Wheel Billy Coy 1949-11-04
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Summer Holiday Richard Miller 1948-04-15
Movie Words and Music Lorenz Hart 1948-12-31
Movie Killer McCoy Tommy McCoy / Killer McCoy 1947-12-01
Movie Love Laughs at Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1946-12-25
Movie National Velvet Michael 'Mi' Taylor 1945-01-26
Movie Mickey the Great Mickey McGuire 1945-04-06
Movie Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Andy Hardy 1944-05-04
Movie Thousands Cheer Himself - Emcee at the Show 1943-01-01
Movie Girl Crazy Danny Churchill, Jr. 1943-11-26
Movie The Human Comedy Homer Macauley 1943-03-02
Movie Show-Business at War Self 1943-05-21
Movie Personalities Andy Hardy (screen test footage) (uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie The Courtship of Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1942-03-03
Movie Andy Hardy's Double Life Andy Hardy 1942-12-01
Movie A Yank at Eton Timothy Dennis 1942-09-01
Movie Men of Boys Town Whitey Marsh 1941-04-11
Movie Andy Hardy's Private Secretary Andy Hardy 1941-02-21
Movie Life Begins for Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1941-08-15
Movie Babes on Broadway Tommy Williams 1941-12-31
Movie Young Tom Edison Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison 1940-03-15
Movie A New Romance of Celluloid: The Miracle of Sound 1940-01-01
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Himself 1940-05-29
Movie Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics... and Other Things Andy Hardy 1940-01-01
Movie Rodeo Dough Mickey Rooney 1940-11-09
Movie Andy Hardy Meets Debutante Andy Hardy 1940-07-05
Movie Strike Up the Band Jimmy Connors 1940-09-27
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Himself 1940-07-31
Movie Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 8 Mickey Rooney 1939-04-08
Movie Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) Andy Hardy 1939-01-09
Movie The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn 1939-02-10
Movie The Hardys Ride High Andy Hardy 1939-04-21
Movie From the Ends of the Earth 1939-05-28
Movie Babes in Arms Mickey Moran 1939-10-10
Movie Judge Hardy and Son Andy Hardy 1939-12-22
Movie Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever Andy Hardy 1939-07-21
Movie Hold That Kiss Chick Evans 1938-05-13
Movie Hollywood Handicap Himself 1938-05-28
Movie Another Romance of Celluloid Self (uncredited) 1938-02-05
Movie Love Is a Headache Mike O'Toole 1938-01-14
Movie Judge Hardy's Children Andy Hardy 1938-03-26
Movie Lord Jeff Terry O'Mulvaney 1938-06-17
Movie Out West with the Hardys Andy Hardy 1938-11-25
Movie Stablemates Mickey 1938-10-07
Movie Boys Town Whitey Marsh 1938-09-08
Movie Love Finds Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1938-07-22
Movie A Family Affair Andy Hardy 1937-03-12
Movie Cinema Circus Himself 1937-01-27
Movie Slave Ship Swifty 1937-06-16
Movie Captains Courageous Dan Troop 1937-06-25
Movie You're Only Young Once Andy Hardy 1937-12-10
Movie Thoroughbreds Don't Cry Timmie Donovan 1937-11-25
Movie Live, Love and Learn Jerry Crump 1937-10-29
Movie Hoosier Schoolboy Shockey Carter 1937-07-07
Movie Riffraff Jimmy 1936-01-03
Movie Little Lord Fauntleroy Dick Tipton 1936-03-06
Movie Down the Stretch Snapper Sinclair 1936-09-18
Movie The Devil Is a Sissy 'Gig' Stevens 1936-09-18
Movie Reckless Eddie 1935-04-19
Movie The County Chairman Freckles 1935-01-11
Movie The Healer Jimmy 1935-06-14
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck 1935-10-09
Movie Ah, Wilderness! Tommy Miller 1935-12-25
Movie A Dream Comes True Puck (archive footage) (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie Pirate Party on Catalina Isle Mickey Rooney (uncredited) 1935-11-20
Movie I Like it That Way Messenger Boy 1934-04-01
Movie Mickey's Rescue Mickey McGuire 1934-03-22
Movie Mickey's Minstrels Mickey McGuire 1934-01-10
Movie Love Birds Gladwyn Tootle 1934-05-04
Movie Beloved Tommy, a Violin Student 1934-01-22
Movie Manhattan Melodrama Blackie as a Boy 1934-05-04
Movie Hide-Out William 'Willie' Miller 1934-08-24
Movie Death on the Diamond Mickey 1934-09-14
Movie Blind Date Freddie Taylor 1934-07-20
Movie Chained Boy Shipboard Swimmer (uncredited) 1934-08-31
Movie Half a Sinner Willie Clark 1934-06-01
Movie Mickey's Medicine Man Mickey McGuire 1934-05-17
Movie The Big Cage Jimmy O'Hara 1933-05-01
Movie The Life of Jimmy Dolan Freckles 1933-06-03
Movie Mickey's Race Mickey McGuire 1933-04-13
Movie The Big Chance Arthur Wilson 1933-08-28
Movie Mickey's Ape Man Mickey McGuire 1933-01-19
Movie Mickey's Touchdown Mickey McGuire 1933-10-13
Movie Broadway to Hollywood Ted Hackett III as Child 1933-09-15
Movie Mickey's Covered Wagon Mickey McGuire 1933-11-29
Movie The World Changes Otto Peterson as a Child 1933-11-25
Movie Mickey's Tent Show Mickey McGuire 1933-10-26
Movie The Chief Willie 1933-11-03
Movie Sin's Pay Day Chubby Dennis 1932-03-02
Movie My Pal, the King King Charles V 1932-04-03
Movie The Beast of the City Mickey Fitzpatrick (uncredited) 1932-02-13
Movie Fast Companions Midge 1932-06-22
Movie Officer Thirteen Buddy Malone 1932-12-15
Movie Radio Rhythm Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice) 1931-07-26
Movie Mickey's Stampede Mickey McGuire 1931-02-06
Movie Mickey's Wildcats Mickey McGuire 1931-09-11
Movie Mickey's Rebellion Mickey McGuire 1931-06-23
Movie Hot Feet Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice) 1931-09-13
Movie Mickey's Thrill Hunters Mickey McGuire 1931-09-18
Movie The Fisherman Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice) 1931-12-07
Movie The Hare Mail Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice) 1931-11-30
Movie Mickey's Explorers Mickey McGuire 1930-02-16
Movie Mickey's Champs Mickey McGuire 1930-02-02
Movie Mickey's Luck Mickey McGuire 1930-03-29
Movie Mickey's Warriors Mickey McGuire 1930-05-24
Movie Mickey's Great Idea Mickey McGuire 1929-01-29
Movie Mickey's Brown Derby Mickey McGuire 1929-05-11
Movie Mickey's Northwest Mounted Mickey McGuire 1929-06-08
Movie Mickey's Big Moment Mickey McGuire 1929-11-09
Movie Mickey's Mix-Up Mickey McGuire 1929-10-12
Movie Mickey's Surprise Mickey McGuire 1929-09-14
Movie Mickey's Little Eva Mickey McGuire 1928-04-01
Movie Mickey in School Mickey McGuire 1928-02-06
Movie Mickey's Wild West Mickey McGuire 1928-05-07
Movie Mickey the Detective Mickey McGuire 1928-10-27
Movie Mickey's Movies Mickey McGuire 1928-09-02
Movie Mickey's Big Game Hunt Mickey McGuire 1928-12-22
Movie Mickey's Circus Mickey McGuire 1927-09-03
Movie Orchids and Ermine Mickey McGuire 1927-03-06
Movie Mickey's Eleven Mickey McGuire 1927-11-07
Movie Mickey's Battle Mickey McGuire 1927-12-05
Movie Mickey's Pals Mickey McGuire 1927-10-02