Mickey Rooney Biography

Birthday: 1920-09-23
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York USA
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Wiki Biography: With parents who were actors, it comes as no surprise that the young Joe Yule Jr. made his debut on the stage at the age of only 15 months. He became part of the family act. He became well known for a series of some 50 silent comedies between 1927 and 1933 in which he played Mickey McGuire, a comic-strip character. In 1934 he was signed to MGM. At Mrs. Lawlor's School for Professional Children, he first met Judy Garland, whom he would play against in several movies in the future, including some of the 15 "Andy Hardy" films. He gave a memorable performance as "Puck" on loan in Warner Brothers' prestigious flop A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). With movies like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939) and National Velvet (1944), he reached the peak of his career during WWII. He was drafted during the war and, when he returned to Hollywood, his fame and box-office draw had significantly decreased. Just like other child stars, he found it difficult to get a break as an adult actor. After Summer Holiday (1948), his career went downhill and the 1950s and 1960s for him became a string of not-so-successful movies with a smattering of notable performances in supporting roles in a few hits (The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), the Rod Serling-scripted drama Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) and the frenetic It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)). The downward spiral of his career coincides with the decline of his former studio, MGM, which was near-mortally wounded by the Supreme Court's 1948 anti-trust decision concerning theater ownership leading to the ultimate collapse of the studio star system, which Rooney was a part of. Out of his long MGM contract by 1949, he turned increasingly to the one-eyed monster for employment. He got his own short-lived TV show, "The Mickey Rooney Show" (1954) and toured nightclubs and theaters again in the 1960s. Rooney experienced a career renaissance of sorts in 1979 on with The Black Stallion (1979) (again in a supporting role) and on stage, with the dropped pants burlesque hit "Sugar Babies" which ran for 1208 performances on Broadway. He took the play on the road for 3 years afterward where he packed houses across the U.S. (Joey Bishop and Eddie Bracken filled him for him during his 3 contractual vacations). In 1983, following 60 years as an actor, he received the "Lifetime Achievement" Oscar". Rooney, now well into his 80's, has been surprisingly active and has found himself far more in demand that he was 30 years ago, recently seen to good advantage in the hit Night at the Museum (2006).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
National Velvet Mi Taylor 1944 Drama
The Mickey Rooney Show Mickey Mulligan 1954 Comedy
Mickey Mickey Grady 1964 - 1965
The Don Rickles Show 1968 Comedy
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town Kris Kringle / Santa Claus 1970 Animation
The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa Claus 1974 Animation
The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) Santa Claus 1974 - 1974
Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Santa Claus 1979 Animation
One of the Boys 1982 Comedy
Kleo the Misfit Unicorn 1997 Animation
Boys Will Be Boys 1999 Comedy
Chicken Soup for the Soul 1999 - 2000 Drama
Phantom of the Megaplex Movie Mason 2000 Action
The Happy Elf Santa 2005 Animation
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Manhattan Melodrama 1934 Crime, Drama, Romance
Hide-Out 1934 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Riffraff 1936 Crime, Drama
Ah, Wilderness! Tommy Miller 1936 Comedy, Drama
The Devil is a Sissy 1936 Comedy, Drama
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry Tim Donahue 1937
You're Only Young Once Andy Hardy 1937
Captains Courageous Dan 1937 0, 0
Slave Ship Swifty 1937 Adventure, Drama
Boys Town Whitey Marsh 1938
Out west with the Hardy's Andy Hardy 1938
Love Finds Andy Hardy Andrew 'Andy' Hardy 1938 0
The Hardy's ride high Andy Hardy 1939
Babes in Arms 1939 0, 0
Andy Hardy gets spring fever Andrew 'Andy' Hardy 1939 Comedy, Romance
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante Andrew 'Andy' Hardy 1940 0, 0
Babes on Broadway 1941
Thousands Cheer 1943
The Human Comedy Homer Macauley 1943
Girl Crazy Danny Churchill, Jr. 1943 Comedy, Musical, Romance
National Velvet Mi Taylor 1945 Drama, Family, Sport
Words and Music 1948 Comedy, Musical
The Big Wheel 1949 Action, Drama
The Fireball 1950 Drama
The Bridges at Toko-Ri Mike Forney 1953
Drive a Crooked Road Eddie Shannon 1954
The Atomic Kid 1954 Comedy, Sci Fi
The Bold and the Brave 1956
Operation Mad Ball 1957 Comedy
Baby Face Nelson Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis 1958 Drama, Crime
Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962 Drama, Sport
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Ding Bell 1963 0, 0
Skidoo 1968 Comedy
Evil Roy Slade Nelson Stool 1972 0
Journey Back to Oz The Scarecrow 1974 Adventure, Animation, Comedy
The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa Claus 1974 Animation, Family, Fantasy
Find the Lady 1976
Rachel's Man 1977
The Domino Principle 1977 0
Pete's Dragon Lampie 1977 0, Drama, 0, 0
The Magic of Lassie 1978 Family, Drama
The Black Stallion Henry Dailey 1979 0
The Fox and the Hound Tod 1981 Animation, Adventure, Family
Bill: On His Own 1983 Drama
The Care Bears Movie 1985 Drama, 0, Sport, 0, 0
Lightning, the White Stallion Barney Ingram 1986 Drama, Family
Erik the Viking 1989 0, 0
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker 1991
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Junion, Jesse's Roommate at Retirement Home 1991 Fantasy
Maximum Force Chief of Police 1992 Action
The Magic Voyage Narrator 1992 Animation, Family
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Flip 1992 Family, Animation, Adventure
The Legend of Wolf Mountain Pat Jensen 1992 Family, Adventure
La vida láctea Barry Reilly 1993 Comedy
Revenge of the Red Baron Grandpa Spencer 1994 Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Boys Will Be Boys 1997
Michael Kael contre la World News Company Griffith 1998 Comedy
Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights Sage 1998 Adventure
Animals with the Tollkeeper Tollkeeper 1998 Romance, Fantasy
Babe: Pig in the City 1998 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The First of May Boss Ed 1999 Drama, Family, Sport
Phantom of the Megaplex Movie Mason 2000 Action, Comedy, Family
Topa Topa Bluffs Prospector 2002
Quicksand 2003 Comedy, 0, Game Show
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams David McCord 2005 0, 0, 0
To Kill a Mockumentary 2006
Night at the Museum Gus 2006 0, 0, 0
Wreck the Halls Santa 2008 Comedy, Family
Lost Stallions: The Journey Home Chief 2008 Family
Illusion Infinity Simon / Henry Sr. 2008 Biography, Drama
Saddle Up with Dick Wrangler & Injun Joe Owen Blumenkrantz 2009 Comedy, Drama
Gerald The Doctor 2010 Comedy
Now Here Swifty 2010 Crime, Drama, Fantasy
Night Club Jerry Sherman 2011 Comedy
Bamboo Shark Brooks 2012 Comedy
Driving Me Crazy Mr. Cohen 2012 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Woods Lester 2012 Drama, Thriller