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Overview (5)

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameJoseph Yule Jr.
Nicknames The Mick
The Mickster
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney. Rooney reached new heights in 1937 with A Family Affair, the film that introduced the country to Andy Hardy, the popular all-American teenager. This beloved character appeared in nearly 20 films and helped make Rooney the top star at the box office in 1939, 1940 and 1941. Rooney also proved himself an excellent dramatic actor as a delinquent in Boys Town (1938) starring Spencer Tracy. In 1938, he was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award.

Teaming up with Judy Garland, Rooney also appeared in a string of musicals, including Babes in Arms (1939) the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role, Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), and Girl Crazy (1943). He and Garland immediately became best of friends. "We weren't just a team, we were magic," Rooney once said. During that time he also appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in the now classic National Velvet (1944). Rooney joined the service that same year, where he helped to entertain the troops and worked on the American Armed Forces Network. He returned to Hollywood after 21 months in Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946), did a remake of a Robert Taylor film, The Crowd Roars (1932) called Killer McCoy (1947) and portrayed composer Lorenz Hart in Words and Music (1948). He also appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Rooney played Hepburn's Japanese neighbor, Mr. Yunioshi. A sign of the times, Rooney played the part for comic relief which he later regretted feeling the role was offensive. He once again showed his incredible range in the dramatic role of a boxing trainer with Anthony Quinn and Jackie Gleason in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). In the late 1960s and 1970s Rooney showed audiences and critics alike why he was one of Hollywood's most enduring stars. He gave an impressive performance in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film The Black Stallion (1979), which brought him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He also turned to the stage in 1979 in Sugar Babies with Ann Miller, and was nominated for a Tony Award. During that time he also portrayed the Wizard in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Eartha Kitt at New York's Madison Square Garden, which also had a successful run nationally.

Rooney appeared in four television series': The Mickey Rooney Show (1954) (1954-1955), a comedy sit-com in 1964 with Sammee Tong called Mickey, One of the Boys in 1982 with Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane, and The New Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990) from 1990-1993. In 1981, Rooney won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a mentally challenged man in Bill (1981). The critical acclaim continued to flow for the veteran performer, with Rooney receiving an honorary Academy Award "in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances". More recently he has appeared in such films as Night at the Museum (2006) with Ben Stiller and The Muppets (2011) with Amy Adams and Jason Segel.

Rooney's personal life, including his frequent trips to the altar, has proved to be just as epic as his on-screen performances. His first wife was one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, actress Ava Gardner. Mickey permanently separated from his eighth wife Jan in June of 2012. In 2011 Rooney filed elder abuse and fraud charges against stepson Christopher Aber and Aber's wife. At Rooney's request, the Superior Court issued a restraining order against the Aber's demanding they stay 100 yards from Rooney, as well as Mickey's other son Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene. Just prior, Rooney mustered the strength to break his silence and appeared before the Senate in Washington D.C. telling of his own heartbreaking story of abuse in an effort to live a peaceful, full life and help others who may be similarly suffering in silence.

Rooney requested through the Superior Court to permanently reside with his son Mark Rooney, who is a musician and Marks wife Charlene, an artist, in the Hollywood Hills. He legally separated from his eighth wife in June of 2012. Ironically, after eight failed marriages he never looked or felt better and finally found happiness and peace in the single life. Mickey, Mark and Charlene focused on health, happiness and creative endeavors and it showed. Mickey Rooney had once again landed on his feet reminding us that he was a survivor. Rooney died on April 6th 2014. He was taking his afternoon nap and never woke. One week before his death Mark and Charlene surprised him by reunited him with a long lost love, the racetrack. He was ecstatic to be back after decades and ran into his old friends Mel Brooks and Dick Van Patten.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (8)

Jan Rooney (28 July 1978 - 6 April 2014) (his death)
Carolyn Hockett (27 May 1969 - 24 January 1975) (divorced) (2 children)
Margaret Lane (10 September 1966 - 14 December 1967) (divorced)
Carolyn Mitchell (1 December 1958 - 31 January 1966) (her death) (4 children)
Elaine Devry (18 November 1952 - 18 May 1958) (divorced) (2 children)
Martha Vickers (3 June 1949 - 25 September 1952) (divorced) (1 child)
B.J. Baker (30 September 1944 - 3 June 1949) (divorced) (2 children)
Ava Gardner (10 January 1942 - 21 May 1943) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Best known in his youth for playing Andy Hardy with Judy Garland as the female lead or supporting character in three Hardy Family films, as well as pairing up with Garland in a series of cheerfully naive musicals that usually ended with the characters putting on an impromptu musical show. In his senior years, he often played a cheerful old mentor with a youthful spirit.
Short stature
Raspy voice

Trivia (75)

His son Teddy Rooney appeared with him in Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958), portraying Andy Hardy Jr.
Rooney was the son and only child of Scottish-born vaudevillian/actor Joe Yule and Nell Ruth Carter (born July 12, 1897, Kansas City, Missouri -March 3, 1966, Los Angeles, California), who was of English descent. Yule and Carter divorced in 1923, when Mickey (Joe Yule, Jr.) was three years old. In 1925, Rooney and his mother moved to Hollywood, where he attended Hollywood Professional School and Fairfax High School.
Was considered for the role of Archie Bunker on All in the Family (1971).
Father of Tim Rooney and Mickey Rooney Jr., from his marriage to Betty Jane Rase (B.J. Baker).
Father of Jonelle Rooney (born January 11, 1970) from his marriage to Carolyn Hockett. He also adopted Carolyn's son from a previous marriage, Jimmy Rooney (born 1966).
Liza Minnelli wanted Rooney to do the eulogy at the funeral for her mother, Judy Garland in June of 1969, but decided against it because she felt that Rooney might not be able to get through it, given his and Garland's long and close friendship.
Was co-owner for many years of the Mickey Rooney Tabas Hotel in Downingtown, PA.
Originally came to Hollywood to audition for "Our Gang" (aka The Little Rascals (1955)), unfortunately Mickey's mother declined over a dispute over salary.
Stepfather of Christopher Aber and Mark Rooney.
According to one story, Mickey Mouse was named for Rooney. Walt Disney saw a young Rooney while he was working on the first drawings of what was to become Mickey Mouse. He asked the child actor what he thought of the drawings and also asked what his name was. This later proved to be false.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Sugar Babies."
His third child, Teddy Rooney, was born weighing 7 lb. 3 oz. in April 1950, to Martha Vickers.
With a film career that lasted from 1926 to 2015, he has the longest career in cinema history, surpassing Lillian Gish, whose career lasted from 1912-87, or 75 years. Carla Laemmle's career lasted from 1925-2015. Rooney's 339 film credits span ten consecutive decades: 1920s-2010s. Laemmle's 17 film credits include a break from 1939 to 2010 (except for a video short in 2001).
Underwent double heart bypass surgery in 2000.
Was #7 on the World Poker Tour Invitational, even though he had never played Texas Hold 'Em poker before.
Is portrayed by Moosie Drier in Rainbow (1978) and by Dwayne Adams in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001)
Father of Kelly Ann Rooney (born September 13, 1959), Kerry Yule Rooney (born December 30, 1960), Michael Rooney (VI) (born April 2, 1962) and Kimmy Sue Rooney (born September 13, 1963), from his marriage to Carolyn Mitchell.
At age 19 became the first teenager to be Oscar-nominated in a leading role for Babes in Arms (1939).
Former roommate of Blake Edwards.
His first of eight marriages was to Ava Gardner but his marriage to Jan Rooney was longer than those of all his other seven wives combined.
Had 19 grandchildren, including Shannon Rooney and Dominique Rooney by his son Timothy Rooney, and several great-grandchildren among whom Kaitlyn Rooney and Hunter Rooney.
Attended the 2006 Twilight Zone Convention at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, August 12-13, 2006.
As of 2007 he was the only surviving actor to appear in silent films and still continue to act in movies into the 21st century. His film debut was in the movie Not to Be Trusted (1926), in 1926 when he was four years old.
Attended the state funeral of former President Ronald Reagan on 11 June 2004.
In 1938, Rooney was severely reprimanded by MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer for having a torrid affair with Norma Shearer. The affair was causing quite a commotion on the set of her film Marie Antoinette (1938), where the two would hole up in her trailer. Mickey was 18 at the time. Shearer was 36 and her husband, MGM studio exec Irving Thalberg, had recently died. Mayer managed to keep the story from going public and it was not revealed until many years later, when Rooney gave the explicit details in his autobiography.
Has four Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame including a star for Motion Pictures at 1718 Vine St., a star for Television at 6541 Hollywood Blvd., a star for Radio at 6372 Hollywood Blvd. and shared with wife Jan Rooney a star for Live Theater at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
During World War II he served 22 months in the U.S. Army, five of them with the Third Army of Gen. George S. Patton. He attained the rank of sergeant and won a Bronze Star, among other decorations.
With the death of James Stewart on July 2, 1997, Rooney was the last surviving entertainer of the 46 caricatured in Hollywood Steps Out (1941).
His hobbies included listening to music, football, golfing, dancing, horse racing, painting, getting together with old friends and watching classic movies.
Rooney was a childhood movie hero to his The New Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990) co-star, Richard Ian Cox. Their friendship lasted 24 years, until Rooney's death in 2014.
First appeared in films in 1926. He began his career as a contract player for MGM in 1934.
May have been the only actor in history to appear in at least one film in ten consecutive decades.
Ranked first in front of Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Jane Wyman, Eddie Albert and Ernest Borgnine, in the number of movies; he appeared in over 100 films.
In "The Guinness Book of World Records he holds the record for longest movie career--86 years (1925-2011).
Began performing at the age of 17 months, as part of his parents' routine, wearing a specially tailored tuxedo.
Was an animal rights activist.
Overcame his drug addiction in the 1970s.
On his 85th birthday he and wife Jan Rooney both appeared in the variety show "Let's Put On A Show".
Attended the funeral of Liza Minnelli's former stepfather, Sidney Luft, just days before he had his 85th birthday.
Tony Bennett and Regis Philbin were among the people to attend his 90th birthday party.
Broke his leg while filming A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and was doubled in many scenes by George P. Breakston.
Alongside Norman Lloyd, William Daniels, Ernest Borgnine, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Edward Asner, Marla Gibbs, Adam West, William Shatner, Larry Hagman, June Lockhart, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones, Hal Linden and Alan Alda, Rooney was one of the few actors in Hollywood who lived into their 80s and/or 90s without ever either retiring from acting or having stopped getting work.
He reunited with friend and former co star Judy Garland, as her singing and dancing partner, on an episode of The Judy Garland Show (1963). On that show, he displayed his music versatility by performing a drum solo.
Was a pallbearer at Errol Flynn's funeral along with Raoul Walsh, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Jack Oakie, Mike Romanoff, and Otto Reichow on October 19, 1959, at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA.
He chose to permanently reside with stepson Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene Rooney. They moved to the Hollywood Hills in June of 2012 when he permanently and legally separated from his eighth wife.
Mickey's stunt double was Jesse Wayne for 27 years beginning in 1959.
Release of his book, "The Search for Sonny Skies: A Novel". [1995]
Together with his wife he toured the UK, appearing in selected theatres performing songs and telling stories about his career. [September 2007]
Appearing in the UK at the Bristol Hippodrome on stage as Baron Hardup in Cinderella - the pantomime since December 2008 up to January 11 2009. [January 2009]
On Nov. 26, 1999, he underwent surgery in Sydney, Australia, for a perforated colon.
On July 7, 2009, he attended Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles with son, Mark Rooney, daughter-in-law, Charlene Rooney, and wife Jan Rooney.
Release of his autobiography, "Life is too Short". [1991]
Made personal appearances November 5 and 6 with wife Jan at American Visions Art Galleries -- in Folsom and Granite Bay, California. [November 2010]
Sold his modest Westlake home in May 2013.
Was a staunch conservative Republican for many years. In later life, however, he supported the man and not the party. He has been quoted as saying he was proud of President Barack Obama and his policies.
In November of 2013 he attended the memorial service for his longtime friend A.C. Lyles (aka "Mr. Paramount"). Also in attendance were Mickey's son Mark Rooney, Mark's wife Charlene and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Like Julie London, his parents were vaudeville performers.
On news of his passing, numerous television newscasters nationwide mixed up his name on-air with that of Andrew Rooney (aka Andy Rooney), humorist and writer for CBS, who died 2-1/2 years previously.
His acting career lasted for 89 years, with his first film being released in 1926 and his final one being set for distribution in 2015.
He played George M. Cohan three times, twice in TV specials and touring in the stage musical. "George M!".
Was a compulsive gambler on horse racing.
Mickey Rooney had passed away on April 6, 2014, just four months before Robin Williams committed suicide. They both starred in the movie: Night at the Museum (2006) and its sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).
Was the spokesperson for Garden State Life Insurance Company.
His third son, Teddy Rooney, died on July 2, 2016, at age 66, just two years after the death of his father.
Did not have a successful series until he turned 70.
Interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.
When he passed away in 2014, at the age of 93, he had at least three future projects that he was going to perform in.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s he did a nightclub comedy act with comic Joey Forman.
When he died his eight surviving children said in a statement that they were barred from seeing Rooney during his final years.
Maternal grandson of Palestine (1852-1906), born in the state of Missouri, and Sarah (née Waite) Carter (1858-1899), born in the state of Alabama.
Appears in four Oscar Best Picture nominees: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Captains Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938) and The Human Comedy (1943).
At the time of his death, Mickey Rooney was set to play one of the three leads in Old Soldiers along with Hugh O'Brian and James Best.
Appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), National Velvet (1944), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and The Black Stallion (1979).
Filed for bankruptcy in 1962. Published his autobiography in 1965.

Personal Quotes (35)

[at 58 years old] I'm in pretty good shape for the shape I'm in.
[asked if he would marry all of his eight wives again] Absolutely. I loved every one of them.
My partners weren't what we call in horse racing parlance "routers". They were sprinters; they went out of the gate, but then they stopped. They couldn't go the distance.
People say, "How can you be married eight times?" But I played the hand dealt me the way I was supposed to. I was friendly with most of my ex-wives. My God, there's a Mickey Rooney's Former Wives Marching Band!
[on his marriages] When I say "I do", the Justice of the Peace replies, "I know, I know". I'm the only man in the world whose marriage license reads, "To Whom it May Concern". But to have been married eight times is not normal. That's only halfway intelligent.
You've got to recognize, there will never be another you. It has nothing to do with ego; it happens to be the truth. There will never be another person the same. There'll never be another you. There'll never be another me . . . And there'll never be another show like this!
The audience and I are friends. They allowed me to grow up with them. I've let them down several times. They've let me down several times. But we're all family.
Love wears off too quickly.
I don't regret anything I've ever done. I only wish I could have done more.
I was a 14-year-old boy for 30 years.
[upon winning his lifetime achievement Oscar, 1983] Tonight, I could even kiss Louis B. Mayer!.
[on his lifelong friend and frequent co-star, Judy Garland] Judy turned to drugs because she was in pain and because drugs made her feel good. As one of the MGM kids, she'd been treated for most of her life to magical, instant solutions to everything . . . She could never accept herself, so she was always on the run.
I didn't ask to be short. I didn't want to be short. I've tried to pretend that being a short guy didn't matter.
The guys with the power in Hollywood today, the guys with their names above the title, are thieves. They don't make movies, they make deals. Their major function is to cut themselves in for 10% of the gross--off the top, of course--which is why they make movies that cost $50 million.
[Bill Clinton] was a Rhodes Scholar. Do you know who the scholars were? Marxists!
I just want to be a professional. I couldn't live without acting.
There may be a little snow on the mountain, but there's a lot of fire in the furnace.
All the muddy waters of my life cleared up when I gave myself to Christ.
I've been through four publics. I've been coming back like a rubber ball for years.
[on his feud with Ernest Borgnine] All the Oscars in the world can't buy him dignity, class and talent. I don't know why he is famous and why he is a star. Talk about a lucky jerk.
If it's immorally wrong, it's not normal. Jesus Christ said, "The effeminate are an abomination to me". Are you aware of that? I don't watch the [Ellen DeGeneres] show. I wish her all kinds of luck. Except that I'm not a fan. But there are a lot of people who aren't fans of Mickey Rooney and you can't please everyone.
[in 2007] I think the family pictures are what people really want to see--and musicals, of course.
I don't get caught between lesbians and gays. If you can't say something nice about someone, just shut your mouth.
I never knew anything about anyone being gay in Hollywood when I was working in the studios. Did you know that? They weren't in closets, they were in safes.
I lost $2 at Santa Anita and I've spent $3 million trying to get it back.
Sure, I love the chicks. I love 'em all. But when you're nuts about too many, how can a guy settle down to one?
Hollywood has unfortunately become a memory. It's nothing but a sign on the side of a hill.
When I was 19 years old I was the #1 star for two years. When I was 40, nobody wanted me. I couldn't get a job.
There was, in fact, a standard studio recipe. Take one young actress, pluck her eyebrows, cap her teeth, shape her hairline, pad as required and throw her into the ring with Andy Hardy. Then wait and see. If the public responded, the starlet became a star.
I was aware, even at age three, that my father had a penchant for going out by himself after a show, then returning at dawn with a nervous grin on his face. I could only guess, from my mother's angry reactions that he was doing something that hurt her very much. She kept talking about my dad's "floozies"--which I took to be another name for "bartender." You see, I thought my dad had a problem with Punch, not with Judy.
When "Sugar Babies" opened, I was the most famous has-been in show business.
[In his autobiography] Had I been brighter, had the ladies been gentler, had the scotch been weaker, had the gods been kinder, this could have been a one-sentence story: Once upon a time, Mickey Rooney lived happily ever after.
[In a 1970 David Frost interview] I have nine kids, seven wives, and the American Bar Association to support. I'm a very quiet person, a fellow who believes in the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, and bacon, lettuce and tomato with a lot of mayonnaise.
[observation as a young man on his most famous role] It's funny how a character can grow on a feller. I depend on [Andy Hardy] all the time. When I'm not sure whether I should do a certain thing, I ask myself, "Would Andy do it?" And if Andy won't do it, I won't.
[2008, on the controversy surrounding his Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) role] Blake Edwards wanted me to do it because he was a comedy director. They hired me to do this overboard, and we had fun doing it . . . Never in all the more than 40 years after we made it--not one complaint. Every place I've gone in the world people say, "God, you were so funny". Asians and Chinese come up to me and say, "Mickey, you were out of this world", [Had I known people would get offended] I wouldn't have done it. Those that didn't like it, I forgive them and God bless America, God bless the universe, God bless Japanese, Chinese, Indians, all of them and let's have peace.

Salary (62)

Not to Be Trusted (1926) $200
Mickey's Circus (1927) $250 /week
Mickey's Pals (1927) $250 /week
Mickey's Eleven (1927) $250 /week
Mickey's Battle (1927) $250 /week
Mickey's Parade (1928) $250 /week
Mickey's Nine (1928) $250 /week
Mickey's Wild West (1928) $250 /week
Mickey's Triumph (1928) $250 /week
Mickey's Movies (1928) $250 /week
Mickey's Rivals (1928) $250 /week
Mickey the Detective (1928) $250 /week
Mickey's Wildcats (1931) $250 /week
My Pal, the King (1932) $250 /week
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) $500 /week
Ah, Wilderness! (1935) $500 /week
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936) $500 /week
The Devil Is a Sissy (1936) $500 /week
Captains Courageous (1937) $500 /week
Slave Ship (1937) $500 /week
Hoosier Schoolboy (1937) $500 /week
Live, Love and Learn (1937) $500 /week
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (1937) $500 /week
You're Only Young Once (1937) $5,000
Love Is a Headache (1938) $5,000
Judge Hardy's Children (1938) $5,000
Hold That Kiss (1938) $5,000
Lord Jeff (1938) $5,000
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) $5,000
Boys Town (1938) $5,000
Stablemates (1938) $5,000
Out West with the Hardys (1938) $5,000
Babes in Arms (1939) $23,000
Babes on Broadway (1941) $53,333 a week plus $25,000 bonus
The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942) $2,500 /week
A Yank at Eton (1942) $2,500
Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942) $2,500 /week
The Human Comedy (1943) $2,500 /week
Thousands Cheer (1943) $2,500 /week
Girl Crazy (1943) $68,000
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944) $2,500 /week
National Velvet (1944) $2,500 /week
The Big Wheel (1949) $25,000
Quicksand (1950) $25,000
Sound Off (1952) $75,000
All Ashore (1953) $75,000
A Slight Case of Larceny (1953) $75,000
Drive a Crooked Road (1954) $75,000
The Mickey Rooney Show (1954) $3,500 /week
The Comedian (1957) $10,000
Baby Face Nelson (1957) $35,000
Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) $35,000
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) $25,000
The Judy Garland Show (1963) $7,500
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) $100,000
Funny Man with a Monkey (1964) $10,000
Mickey (1964) $5,000 /episode
The Secret Invasion (1964) $50,000
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) $5,000
The Black Stallion (1979) $75,000
Babe: Pig in the City (1998) $175,000
Night at the Museum (2006) $250,000

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