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American film actor

Mickey Rooney is ...

Dead
Born 23 Sep 1920 in New York City
Died 6 Apr 2014 in Studio City
Age93 years, 6 months
Correction?
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Studio publicity portrait of Mickey Rooney.

About Mickey Rooney

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 one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era. At the height of a career that was marked by precipitous declines and raging comebacks, Rooney performed the role of Andy Hardy in a series of 15 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 cinema's most arresting pieces of magic". In 1938, he co-starred in Boys Town. At nineteen 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 forty-three films, which made him one of MGM's most consistently successful actors and a favorite of 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 never rose to such heights again. 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 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 1964, with another Emmy plus a Golden Globe for his role in Bill (1981). At his death, Vanity Fair called him "the original Hollywood train wreck." He struggled with alcohol and pill addiction and is notable for having married eight times; these factors, along with other traits, indicated a psychopathic personality. His first marriage was to Ava Gardner. Despite earning millions during his career, he had to file for bankruptcy in 1962 due to mismanagement of his finances. Shortly before his death in 2014 at age 93, he alleged mistreatment by some family members and testified before Congress about what he alleged was physical abuse and exploitation by family members. By the end of his life, his millions in earnings had dwindled to an estate that was valued at only $18,000. He died owing medical bills and back taxes, and contributions were solicited from the public.

He is also known as Joseph Yule, Jr..

Death

On April 6, 2014, Rooney died of natural causes in Los Angeles, at the age of 93.

A group of family members and friends, including Mickey Rourke, held a memorial service on April 18. A private funeral, organized by another set of family members, was held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where he was ultimately interred, on April 19. His eight surviving children said in a statement that they were barred from seeing Rooney during his final years.

Films

Mickey Rooney has worked on the following films:

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
2014 American comedy film
2014
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1935 film by William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt
1935
Skidoo
1968 film by Otto Preminger
1968
That's Entertainment!
1974 film by Jack Haley, Jr.
1974
Babe: Pig in the City
1998 film by George Miller
1998
That's Entertainment, Part II
1976 film by Gene Kelly
1976
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
1954 film by Mark Robson
1954
The Black Stallion
1979 film by Carroll Ballard
1979
Requiem for a Heavyweight
1962 film by Ralph Nelson
1962
National Velvet
1944 Technicolor sports film
1944
Boys Town
1938 film by Norman Taurog
1938
Little Lord Fauntleroy
1936 film by John Cromwell
1936
Strike Up the Band
1940 film by Busby Berkeley
1940
Journey Back to Oz
1972 film by Hal Sutherland
1972
Babes in Arms
1939 film by Busby Berkeley
1939
Manhattan Melodrama
1934 film by W. S. Van Dyke, George Cukor
1934
The Magic of Lassie
1978 film by Don Chaffey
1978
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
1965 film by William Asher
1965
Erik the Viking
1989 film by Terry Jones
1989
Night Club
2011
The Devil Is a Sissy
1936 film by W. S. Van Dyke
1936
Captains Courageous
1937 film by Victor Fleming
1937
The Human Comedy
1943 film by Clarence Brown
1943
Love Finds Andy Hardy
1938 film by George B. Seitz
1938
Thousands Cheer
1943 film by George Sidney
1943
Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker
1991 film
1992
Quicksand
1950 United Artists film noir
1950
The Secret Invasion
1964 film by Roger Corman
1964
Words and Music
1948 film by Norman Taurog
1948
Reckless
1935 American musical film
1935
Girl Crazy
1943 film by Norman Taurog, Busby Berkeley
1943
Young Tom Edison
1940 film by Norman Taurog
1940
Babes on Broadway
1941 film by Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley
1941
Riffraff
1936 film by J. Walter Ruben
1936
The Comic
1969 film by Carl Reiner
1969
Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
1946 film by Willis Goldbeck
1946
Chained
1934 film by Clarence Brown
1934
Ambush Bay
film
1966
The Private Lives of Adam and Eve
1960 film by Albert Zugsmith, Mickey Rooney
1960
Andy Hardy Comes Home
1958 film by Howard W. Koch
1958
The Big Wheel
1949 film by Edward Ludwig
1949
A Family Affair
1937 film by George B. Seitz
1937
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1939 film by Richard Thorpe
1939
Baby Face Nelson
1957 film by Don Siegel
1957
Hoosier Schoolboy
1937 film by William Nigh
1937
Francis in the Haunted House
1956 film by Charles Lamont
1956
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
1940 film by George B. Seitz
1940
The Domino Principle
1977 film by Stanley Kramer
1977
The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams
2007
The Beast of the City
1932 film by Charles Brabin
1932
The Strip
1951
Operation Mad Ball
1957 film by Richard Quine
1957
A Yank at Eton
1942 film by Norman Taurog
1942
Lord Jeff
1938 film by Sam Wood
1938
Slave Ship
1937 film by Tay Garnett
1937
Ah, Wilderness!
1935 film by Clarence Brown
1935
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
1937 film by Alfred E. Green
1937
Arabian Adventure
1979 film by Kevin Connor
1979
All Ashore
1953 film by Richard Quine
1953
The Bold and the Brave
1956 film by Lewis R. Foster
1956
A Century of Cinema
1994 film by Caroline Thomas
1994
The Atomic Kid
1954 film by Leslie H. Martinson
1954
Broadway to Hollywood
1933 film by Willard Mack
1933
My Outlaw Brother
1951 film by Elliott Nugent
1951
Pulp
1972 British film by Mike Hodges
1972
Beloved
1934 film by Victor Schertzinger
1934
Gerald
2010
Men of Boys Town
1941 film by Norman Taurog
1941
The Life of Jimmy Dolan
1933 film by Archie Mayo
1933
Off Limits
1953 film by George Marshall
1953
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
1944 film by George B. Seitz
1944
Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1941 film by George B. Seitz
1941
Andy Hardy's Double Life
1942 film by George B. Seitz
1942
Summer Holiday
1948 film by Rouben Mamoulian
1948
Killer McCoy
1947 American film about a boxer
1947
The Twinkle in God's Eye
1955 film by George Blair
1955
Drive a Crooked Road
1954 film by Richard Quine
1954
The Fireball
1950 film by Tay Garnett
1950
Bons Baisers de Hong Kong
1975 film by Yvan Chiffre
1975
The Extraordinary Seaman
1969 film by John Frankenheimer
1969
Platinum High School
1960 film by Charles F. Haas
1960
The Big Operator
1959 film by Charles F. Haas
1959
The Lost Jungle
1934 film by Armand Schaefer, David Howard
1934
Sound Off
1952 film by Richard Quine
1952
My Pal, the King
1932 film by Kurt Neumann
1932
You're Only Young Once
1937 film by George B. Seitz
1937
Love Is a Headache
1938 film by Richard Thorpe
1938
Everything's Ducky
1961 film by Don Taylor
1961
Live, Love and Learn
1937 film by George Fitzmaurice
1937
Judge Hardy's Children
1938 film by George B. Seitz
1938
Hide-Out
1934 film by W. S. Van Dyke
1934
Lightning, the White Stallion
1986
24 Hours to Kill
film
1965
The Last Mile
1959 film by Howard W. Koch
1959
He's a Cockeyed Wonder
1950 film by Peter Godfrey
1950
Vienna
1968 film by Orson Welles
1968
Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
1939 film by W. S. Van Dyke
1939
Out West with the Hardys
1938 film by George B. Seitz
1938
Judge Hardy and Son
1939 film by George B. Seitz
1939
L'arcidiavolo
1966 film by Ettore Scola
1966
The Big Cage
1933 film by Kurt Neumann
1933
A Slight Case of Larceny
1953 film by Don Weis
1953
The Hardys Ride High
1939 film by George B. Seitz
1939
The County Chairman
1935 film by John G. Blystone
1935
Mickey the Detective
1928
Mickey's Rescue
1934 film by Jesse Duffy
1934
Lost Stallions: The Journey Home
2008
Mickey's Touchdown
1933 film by Jesse Duffy
1933
Mickey's Movies
1928
Stablemates
1938 film by Sam Wood
1938
Mickey's Big Game Hunt
1928
Mickey's Eleven
1927
Mickey's Medicine Man
1934 film by Jesse Duffy
1934
Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart
1994 film by Rupert Hitzig
1994
Mickey's Disguises
1933 film by Jesse Duffy
1933
Mickey's Covered Wagon
1933 film by Jesse Duffy
1933
Mickey's Northwest Mounted
1929
Mickey's Minstrels
1934
Mickey's Explorers
1930 film by Albert Herman
1930
Mickey in School
1928
Mickey's Tent Show
1933 film by Jesse Duffy
1933
Mickey's Big Broadcast
1933 film by Jesse Duffy
1933
Mickey's Champs
1930 film by Albert Herman
1930
Mickey's Warriors
1930 film by Albert Herman
1930
Richard
1972 film by Harry Hurwitz
1972
Revenge of the Red Baron
1994 film by Robert Gordon
1994
Mickey's Mix-Up
1929
Mickey's Surprise
1929
Mickey's Luck
1930 film by Albert Herman
1930
Michael Kael in Katango
1998 film directed by Christophe Smith
1998
Animals
1998 film by Michael Di Jiacomo
1998
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle
American film
1935
The Thirsting
2006