Mickey Rooney

Biography

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Mickey Rooney (born September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, his career extended over 90 years, making him one of the most enduring performers in show business history. He appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era, having one of the longest careers in the medium's history.

At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, he played the role of Andy Hardy in a series of fifteen films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A prolific talent, he became a noted character actor later in his career, and could sing, dance, clown and play various musical instruments. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney "the greatest actor of them all", and 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 age six. At age thirteen he played the role Puck in the play and later the film, A Midsummer Night's Dream in an acclaimed performance, which critic David Thomson praised as "one of cinema's most arresting pieces of magic." He co-starred in Boys Town (1938) with Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his role. At nineteen he was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in Babes in Arms, co-starring Judy Garland, and was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939.

Overall, between the age of 15 and 25, while at his peak, he made forty-three pictures and co-starred alongside leading actors, including Judy Garland, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Rooney developed into one of MGM's most consistently successful actors, and a favorite of studio head, Louis B. Mayer.

He was the top box office attraction of 1939, but his career never rose to such heights again. He was drafted into the Army during World War II, serving nearly two years entertaining over 2 million troops on stage and on the radio. He was awarded a Bronze Star for performing in combat zones. After he returned from the war in 1945, too old for juvenile roles but too short to be a movie star, he was not able to obtain acting roles as significant as before. Nevertheless, Rooney was tenacious and he rebounded, his popularity renewed with well-received supporting roles in films such as Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and The Black Stallion (1979), for which he was Oscar nominated. In the early 1980s he returned to Broadway in Sugar Babies and once more was a celebrated star. He also made hundreds of appearances on TV, including dramas, variety programs and talk shows. During his career, he received four Academy Award nominations and was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning one.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Mickey Rooney (born September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, his career extended over 90 years, making him one of the most enduring performers in show business history. He appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era, having one of the longest careers in the medium's history.

At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, he played the role of Andy Hardy in a series of fifteen films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized American family values. A prolific talent, he became a noted character actor later in his career, and could sing, dance, clown and play various musical instruments. Laurence Olivier once said he considered Rooney "the greatest actor of them all", and 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 age six. At age thirteen he played the role Puck in the play and later the film, A Midsummer Night's Dream in an acclaimed performance, which critic David Thomson praised as "one of cinema's most arresting pieces of magic." He co-starred in Boys Town (1938) with Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his role. At nineteen he was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar, for his leading role in Babes in Arms, co-starring Judy Garland, and was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939.

Overall, between the age of 15 and 25, while at his peak, he made forty-three pictures and co-starred alongside leading actors, including Judy Garland, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Rooney developed into one of MGM's most consistently successful actors, and a favorite of studio head, Louis B. Mayer.

He was the top box office attraction of 1939, but his career never rose to such heights again. He was drafted into the Army during World War II, serving nearly two years entertaining over 2 million troops on stage and on the radio. He was awarded a Bronze Star for performing in combat zones. After he returned from the war in 1945, too old for juvenile roles but too short to be a movie star, he was not able to obtain acting roles as significant as before. Nevertheless, Rooney was tenacious and he rebounded, his popularity renewed with well-received supporting roles in films such as Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), and The Black Stallion (1979), for which he was Oscar nominated. In the early 1980s he returned to Broadway in Sugar Babies and once more was a celebrated star. He also made hundreds of appearances on TV, including dramas, variety programs and talk shows. During his career, he received four Academy Award nominations and was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning one.

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Birthday 1920-09-23

Day of Death 2014-04-06

Place of Birth Brooklyn - New York - USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb as Gus
2012 The Voices from Beyond as Johnny O'Hara
2012 Driving Me Crazy as Mr. Cohen
2011 The Muppets as Smalltown Resident
2008 A Miser Brothers' Christmas(0 episodes)
2008 Empire State Building Murders as Mickey Silver
2008 Above the Line(10 episodes)
2008 Lost Stallions: The Journey Home as Chief
2007 A Christmas Too Many as Grandpa
2006 Night at the Museum as Kaa
2006 Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star
2006 The Thirsting as Savy
2005 The Happy Elf as Santa Claus
2005 The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams as David McCord
2001 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure as Sparky (voice)
2000 Phantom of the Megaplex as Movie Mason
1999 The Norm Show(1 episode)
1999 The First of May as Boss Ed
1999 Boys Will Be Boys as Wellington
1998 Babe: Pig in the City as Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel
1998 Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights
1998 Animals with the Tollkeeper
1997 Michael Kael contre la World News Company
1997 Mike Hammer, Private Eye(1 episode)
1997 Conan the Adventurer(1 episode)
1996 E! True Hollywood Story(2 episodes)
1995 The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
1995 The Road Home as Father Flanagan
1994 Revenge of the Red Baron as Grandpa Spencer
1994 ER(1 episode)
1994 Making Waves as Gabriel
1993 Sweet Justice as Zeke
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues(1 episode)
1992 Maximum Force as Chief of Police
1992 The Legend of Wolf Mountain as Pat Jensen
1992 Jack's Place(1 episode)
1992 The Magic Voyage as Narrator
1992 MGM: When the Lion Roars(11 episodes)
1991 Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker as Joe Petto
1991 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys as Junion, Jesse's Roommate at Retirement Home
1990 Home for Christmas as Elmer
1990 The Black Stallion(78 episodes)
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 Erik the Viking as Erik's Grandfather
1989 Little Nemo: Adventures In Slumberland as Flip
1988 Bluegrass as John Paul Jones
1987 Full House(1 episode)
1986 Lightning, the White Stallion as Barney Ingram
1986 There Must Be a Pony as Himself (uncredited)
1986 Little Spies as James Turner (The Hermit)
1986 The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer as Jack Bergan
1985 The Golden Girls(1 episode)
1985 The Care Bears(154 episodes)
1985 The Care Bears Movie as Mr. Cherrywood (voice)
1984 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear as Mike Halligan
1983 Bill: On His Own as Bill Sackter
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1982 One of the Boys(13 episodes)
1981 Bill as Bill Sackter
1981 The Fox and the Hound as Adult Tod (voice)
1981 Leave 'em Laughing as Jack Thum
1979 The Black Stallion as Henry Dailey
1979 Arabian Adventure as Daad El Shur
1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July as Santa Claus
1978 The Magic of Lassie as Gus
1977 Pete's Dragon as Lampie
1977 The Domino Principle as Spiventa
1976 Find the Lady as Trigger
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II as Clips from 'Girl Crazy' & 'Words and Music' etc. (archive footage)
1974 The Year Without a Santa Claus as Santa Claus
1974 Journey Back to Oz as The Scarecrow
1974 That's Entertainment! as Himself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clips from 'Babes in Arms' - 'Girl Crazy' - 'Babes on Broadway'
1974 Thunder County as Gas Station Attendant
1972 Pulp as Preston Gilbert
1972 Richard as Guardian Angel
1972 Evil Roy Slade as Nelson L. Stool
1971 The Manipulator as B.J. Lang
1970 Night Gallery(1 episode)
1970 Santa Claus is Comin' to Town as Kris Kingle / Santa Claus
1970 The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County as Indian Tom
1969 The Extraordinary Seaman as Cook 3 / C.W.J. Oglethorpe
1969 80 Steps to Jonah as Wilfred Bashford
1969 The Comic as Martin "Cockeye" Van Buren
1968 Skidoo as George 'Blue Chips' Packard
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(1 episode)
1968 Vienna
1966 L'Arcidiavolo as Adramelek
1966 Ambush Bay as Sgt. Ernest Wartell
1965 The Dean Martin Show(2 episodes)
1965 How to Stuff a Wild Bikini as Peachy Keane
1965 Twenty-Four Hours to Kill as Norman Jones
1964 The Secret Invasion as Terence Scanlon
1964 Mickey(17 episodes)
1964 The Hollywood Palace(2 episodes)
1963 It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World as Ding 'Dingy' Bell
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre(1 episode)
1963 Burke's Law(1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1962 Requiem for a Heavyweight as Army
1962 Combat!(1 episode)
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson(1 episode)
1962 The Lucy Show(1 episode)
1961 Everything's Ducky as Kermit 'Beetle' McKay
1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's as Mr. Yunioshi
1961 The Dick Powell Show(3 episodes)
1961 King of the Roaring 20's: The Story of Arnold Rothstein as Johnny Burke
1960 Pete and Gladys(1 episode)
1960 Platinum High School as Steven Conway
1960 The Private Lives of Adam and Eve as Nick Lewis / The Devil
1959 Startime(1 episode)
1959 The Twilight Zone(1 episode)
1959 The Big Operator as Little Joe Braun
1959 The Last Mile as 'Killer' John Mears
1959 Rawhide(1 episode)
1958 Andy Hardy Comes Home as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1958 A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed as Gus Harris
1958 Naked City(1 episode)
1957 Baby Face Nelson as Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis
1957 The Comedian as Sammy Hogarth
1957 Operation Mad Ball as MSgt. Yancy Skibo
1956 Francis in the Haunted House as David Prescott
1956 The Steve Allen Show(3 episodes)
1956 The Bold and the Brave as Willie Dooley
1955 The Twinkle In God's Eye as Rev. William Macklin II
1955 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1954 The Atomic Kid as Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry
1954 The Bridges at Toko-Ri as Mike Forney
1954 December Bride(1 episode)
1954 Hey Mulligan(30 episodes)
1954 Drive a Crooked Road as Eddie Shannon
1953 A Slight Case Of Larceny as Augustus "Geechy" Cheevers
1953 All Ashore as Francis 'Moby' Dickerson
1953 General Electric Theater(1 episode)
1952 Off Limits as Herbert Tuttle
1952 My Outlaw Brother as J. Dennis 'Denny' O'Moore
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1952 Sound Off as Mike Donnelly
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars(1 episode)
1951 The Strip as Stanley Maxton
1950 The Fireball as Johnny Casar
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(3 episodes)
1950 Quicksand as Daniel 'Dan' Brady
1950 He's a Cockeyed Wonder as Freddie Frisby
1949 The Big Wheel as Billy Coy
1948 Words and Music as Lorenz Hart
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(4 episodes)
1948 Summer Holiday as Richard Miller
1947 Killer McCoy as Tommy McCoy / Killer McCoy
1947 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy as Andy Hardy
1945 Mickey the Great as Mickey McGuire
1944 National Velvet as Mi Taylor
1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1943 Girl Crazy as Danny Churchill, Jr.
1943 The Human Comedy as Homer Macauley
1943 Thousands Cheer as Himself - Emcee at the Show
1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life as Andy Hardy
1942 A Yank at Eton as Timothy Dennis
1942 The Courtship of Andy Hardy as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1941 Babes on Broadway as Tommy Williams
1941 Life Begins for Andy Hardy as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1941 Men of Boys Town as Whitey Marsh
1941 Andy Hardy's Private Secretary as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1940 Rodeo Dough as Mickey Rooney
1940 Strike Up the Band as Jimmy Connors
1940 Andy Hardy Meets Debutante as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1940 Young Tom Edison as Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison
1940 Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics... and Other Things as Andy Hardy
1939 Judge Hardy and Son as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1939 Babes in Arms as Mickey Moran
1939 Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1939 The Hardys Ride High as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as Huckleberry Finn
1939 Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) as Andy Hardy
1938 Out West with the Hardys as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1938 Stablemates as Mickey
1938 Boys Town as Whitey Marsh
1938 Love Finds Andy Hardy as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1938 Lord Jeff as Terry O'Mulvaney
1938 Hollywood Handicap as Himself
1938 Hold That Kiss as Chick Evans
1938 Judge Hardy's Children as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1938 Love Is A Headache as Mike O'Toole
1937 You're Only Young Once as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy
1937 Thoroughbreds Don't Cry as Timmie Donovan
1937 Live, Love and Learn as Jerry Crump
1937 Hoosier Schoolboy as Shockey Carter
1937 Captains Courageous as Dan Troop
1937 Slave Ship as Swifty
1937 A Family Affair as Andy Hardy
1937 Cinema Circus as Himself
1936 Down The Stretch as Snapper Sinclair
1936 The Devil Is a Sissy as 'Gig' Stevens
1936 Little Lord Fauntleroy as Dick
1936 Riffraff as Jimmy
1935 Ah, Wilderness! as Tommy Miller
1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Puck
1935 The Healer as Jimmy
1935 Reckless as Eddie
1934 Hide-Out as William 'Willie' Miller
1934 Blind Date as Freddie Taylor
1934 Mickey's Medicine Man as Mickey McGuire
1934 Manhattan Melodrama as Blackie as a Boy
1934 Mickey's Rescue as Mickey McGuire
1934 Mickey's Minstrels as Mickey McGuire
1933 Mickey's Covered Wagon as Mickey McGuire
1933 The World Changes as Otto Peterson (as a child)
1933 The Chief as Willie
1933 Mickey's Tent Show as Mickey McGuire
1933 Mickey's Touchdown as Mickey McGuire
1933 Broadway to Hollywood as Ted Hackett III as Child
1933 The Big Chance as Arthur Wilson
1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan as Freckles
1933 The Big Cage as Jimmy O'Hara
1933 Mickey's Race as Mickey McGuire
1933 Mickey's Ape Man as Mickey McGuire
1932 Officer Thirteen as Buddy Malone (as Mickey McGuire)
1932 My Pal, the King as King Charles V
1932 Sin's Pay Day as Chubby Dennis
1931 The Fisherman as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice)
1931 The Hare Mail as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice)
1931 Mickey's Thrill Hunters as Mickey McGuire
1931 Hot Feet as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice)
1931 Mickey's Wildcats as Mickey McGuire
1931 Radio Rhythm as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (voice)
1931 Mickey's Rebellion as Mickey McGuire
1931 Mickey's Stampede as Mickey McGuire
1930 Mickey's Warriors as Mickey McGuire
1930 Mickey's Luck as Mickey McGuire
1930 Mickey's Explorers as Mickey McGuire
1930 Mickey's Champs as Mickey McGuire
1929 Mickey's Big Moment as Mickey McGuire
1929 Mickey's Mix-Up as Mickey McGuire
1929 Mickey's Surprise as Mickey McGuire
1929 Mickey's Northwest Mounted as Mickey McGuire
1929 The Academy Awards(4 episodes)
1929 Mickey's Brown Derby as Mickey McGuire
1929 Mickey's Great Idea as Mickey McGuire
1928 Mickey's Big Game Hunt as Mickey McGuire
1928 Mickey the Detective as Mickey McGuire (as Mickey McGuire)
1928 Mickey's Movies as Mickey McGuire (as Mickey McGuire)
1928 Mickey in School as Mickey McGuire (as Mickey McGuire)
1927 Mickey's Eleven as Mickey McGuire (as Mickey McGuire)
1927 Mickey's Pals as Mickey McGuire
1927 Mickey's Circus as Mickey McGuire (as Mickey McGuire)
1900 The Milky Life
1900 Kleo the Misfit Unicorn(0 episodes)
1900 Fol-de-Rol(0 episodes)

Production

1954 The Atomic Kid … Producer
1954 Hey Mulligan(30 episodes) … Producer

Writing

1983 Ace Crawford, Private Eye(5 episodes) … Writer
1900 Outlaws - The Legend of OB Taggart … Writer

Directing

1960 The Private Lives of Adam and Eve … Director

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