Personal Info

Known For Acting

Known Credits 308

Gender Male

Birthday 1920-09-23

Day of Death 2014-04-06 (93 years old)

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Also Known As

  • Joseph Yule Jr.
  • Joe Yule Jr.
  • Mickey Yule
  • Mickey McGuire
  • Michael McGuire
  • Michael Rooney

Login to report an issue

Biography

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).

Acting

2019
2019
2017
2014
2014
2012
2012
2011
2011
2009
2009
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2008
2007
2006
2006
2006
2005
2005
2005
2004
2004
2003
2001
1999
1999
1999
1998
1998
1998
1998
1997
1997
1997
1996
1995
1995
1994
1994
1994
1994
1994
1993
1993
1993
1992
1992
1992
1992
1992
1992
1991
1991
1991
1990
1990
1990
1989
1989
1989
1988
1987
1986
1986
1986
1986
1986
1986
1985
1985
1984
1983
1983
1982
1982
1982
1981
1981
1981
1981
1980
1980
1979
1979
1979
1979
1978
1978
1977
1977
1976
1976
1976
1975
1975
1975
1975
1975
1974
1974
1974
1974
1972
1972
1972
1971
1971
1970
1970
1970
1969
1969
1969
1968
1968
1968
1967
1966
1966
1965
1965
1965
1965
1964
1964
1964
1963
1963
1963
1963
1963
1962
1962
1962
1962
1961
1961
1961
1961
1960
1960
1960
1959
1959
1959
1959
1959
1958
1958
1958
1957
1957
1957
1957
1956
1956
1956
1956
1955
1955
1954
1954
1954
1954
1954
1953
1953
1953
1953
1952
1952
1952
1951
1951
1951
1950
1950
1950
1950
1950
1949
1948
1948
1948
1947
1946
1945
1945
1944
1943
1943
1943
1943
1942
1942
1942
1942
1941
1941
1941
1941
1940
1940
1940
1940
1940
1940
1940
1940
1939
1939
1939
1939
1939
1939
1939
1939
1938
1938
1938
1938
1938
1938
1938
1938
1938
1938
1937
1937
1937
1937
1937
1937
1937
1937
1936
1936
1936
1936
1935
1935
1935
1935
1935
1935
1935
1934
1934
1934
1934
1934
1934
1934
1934
1934
1934
1933
1933
1933
1933
1933
1933
1933
1933
1933
1933
1933
1932
1932
1932
1932
1932
1931
1931
1931
1931
1931
1931
1931
1931
1930
1930
1930
1930
1929
1929
1929
1929
1929
1929
1928
1928
1928
1928
1928
1928
1927
1927
1927
1927
1927

Writing

1994
1983
1975

Production

1954
1954
1951

Directing

1960
1951

You need to be logged in to continue. Click here to login or here to sign up.

Can't find a movie or TV show? Login to create it.

Global

s focus the search bar
p open profile menu
esc close an open window
? open keyboard shortcut window

On media pages

b go back (or to parent when applicable)
e go to edit page

On TV season pages

(right arrow) go to next season
(left arrow) go to previous season

On TV episode pages

(right arrow) go to next episode
(left arrow) go to previous episode

On all image pages

a open add image window

On all edit pages

t open translation selector
ctrl+ s submit form

On discussion pages

n create new discussion
w toggle watching status
p toggle public/private
c toggle close/open
a open activity
r reply to discussion
l go to last reply
ctrl+ enter submit your message
(right arrow) next page
(left arrow) previous page

Want to rate or add this item to a list?

Login