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Mickey Rooney

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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Sep 23, 1920 In Brooklyn - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Orchids and Ermine 1927-03-06
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood, la vie rêvée de Lana Turner 2019-05-22
Known For
Poster of La Fête à la maison
Poster of Les Craquantes
Movie Hollywood, la vie rêvée de Lana Turner (archive footage) 2019-05-22
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Mr. Louis 2017-01-31
Movie La Nuit au musée : Le secret des Pharaons Gus 2014-12-17
Movie The Voices from Beyond Johnny O'Hara 2012-02-20
Movie Night Club Jerry Sherman 2011-04-11
Movie Les Muppets, le retour Smalltown Resident 2011-11-22
Movie 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year 2009-07-02
Movie Le Fantôme du Cinéma Movie Mason 2008-07-09
Movie Meurtres à l'Empire State Building Mickey Silver 2008-08-14
Movie Lost Stallions: The Journey Home Chief 2008-06-13
Series A Miser Brothers' Christmas Unknown 2008-12-13
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History Himself 2008-10-14
Movie A Miser Brothers' Christmas 2008-12-13
Movie A Christmas Too Many Grandpa 2007-12-04
Movie Lilith Savy 2006-01-01
Movie Hedy Lamarr: Secrets of a Hollywood Star 2006-01-21
Movie La Nuit au musée Gus 2006-10-20
Movie The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams David McCord 2005-07-15
Movie The Happy Elf Santa Claus 2005-12-02
Movie To Kill a Mockumentary Max 2004-01-01
Movie Judy Garland: By Myself Himself 2004-02-25
Movie Broadway's Lost Treasures Mickey (segment "Sugar Babies") 2003-08-10
Movie La Belle et le Clochard 2 : L'appel de la rue Sparky (voice) 2001-02-18
Movie Boys Will Be Boys Wellington 1999-02-24
Series The Norm Show Unknown 1999-03-24
Movie The First of May Boss Ed 1999-03-20
Movie Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights 1998-06-11
Movie Animals with the Tollkeeper 1998-01-06
Movie Babe, le cochon dans la ville Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel 1998-11-25
Series Conan Unknown 1997-09-22
Movie Michael Kael contre la World News Company 1997-11-02
Series Mike Hammer, private eye Unknown 1997-09-23
Movie The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Movie Revenge of the Red Baron Grandpa Spencer 1994-09-28
Movie Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart 1994-01-01
Movie Making Waves Gabriel 1994-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! III Himself - Co-Host / Narrator 1994-07-01
Series Urgences Unknown 1994-09-19
Series Kung Fu - la Légende Continue Unknown 1993-01-27
Movie La Vida Láctea Barry Reilly 1993-02-23
Movie Sweet Justice Zeke 1993-04-07
Series L'étalon noir 1992-01-05
Series MGM: When the Lion Roars 1992-03-22
Movie Maximum Force Chief of Police 1992-10-07
Movie Pico et Columbus : Le Voyage magique Narrator (voice) 1992-04-09
Movie The Legend of Wolf Mountain Pat Jensen 1992-09-01
Movie Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' (archive footage) 1991-01-01
Movie Douce nuit, sanglante nuit 5 - Les jouets de la mort Joe Petto 1991-11-06
Movie My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Junion 1991-03-01
Movie The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic Self (archive footage) 1990-02-20
Movie Home for Christmas Elmer 1990-12-02
Movie Little Nemo: Les aventures au pays de Sluberland Flip 1989-07-15
Movie Erik le viking Erik's Grandfather 1989-09-01
Series Les Simpson Unknown 1989-12-16
Movie La guerre des haras John Paul Jones 1988-02-28
Series La Fête à la maison Unknown 1987-09-22
Series Les Bisounours 1986-09-13
Movie The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn 1986-03-09
Movie The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Jack Bergan 1986-04-18
Movie There Must Be a Pony Himself (uncredited) 1986-10-05
Movie Opération Mildred James Turner (The Hermit) 1986-10-05
Movie Lightning, the White Stallion Barney Ingram 1986-10-17
Movie Les Bisounours, le film Mr. Cherrywood (voice) 1985-03-23
Series Les Craquantes Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Mike Halligan 1984-12-15
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Bill: On His Own Bill Sackter 1983-11-09
Movie Hollywood’s Children Self (Archive Footage) 1982-02-24
Series One of the Boys 1982-01-23
Movie Leave 'em Laughing Jack Thum 1981-04-29
Movie Rox et Rouky Tod (voice) 1981-07-10
Movie Bill Bill Sackter 1981-12-22
Movie Senior Trip Himself 1981-12-30
Movie Donovan's Kid Old Bailey 1979-01-07
Movie Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July Santa Claus 1979-07-01
Movie L'étalon noir Henry Dailey 1979-10-13
Movie Le trésor de la montagne sacrée Daad El Shur 1979-07-08
Movie La Magie de Lassie Gus 1978-08-02
Movie La théorie des dominos Spiventa 1977-03-23
Movie Peter et Elliott le dragon Lampie 1977-11-03
Movie Hollywood, Hollywood (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Movie It's Showtime 1976-03-31
Movie Find the Lady Trigger 1976-11-11
Movie The Intruder 1975-01-01
Movie Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (archive footage) 1975-08-06
Movie Juego sucio en Panamá Papa Joe 1975-08-22
Movie Bons baisers de Hong-Kong Marty 1975-12-17
Movie Il était une fois à Hollywood Himself - Host / Narrator 1974-06-21
Movie Thunder County Gas Station Attendant 1974-01-01
Movie Journey Back to Oz The Scarecrow (voice) 1974-12-05
Movie The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa Claus (voice) 1974-12-10
Movie Evil Roy Slade Nelson L. Stool 1972-02-18
Movie Retraite mortelle Preston Gilbert 1972-11-01
Movie The Manipulator B.J. Lang 1971-12-15
Movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood Mickey Rooney (uncredited) 1971-12-31
Movie The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Indian Tom 1970-04-01
Movie Le Père Noël arrive en ville Kris Kingle / Santa Claus (voice) 1970-12-14
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie The Extraordinary Seaman CWJ Oglethorpe 1969-05-14
Movie The Comic Martin "Cockeye" Van Buren 1969-11-19
Movie 80 Steps to Jonah Wilfred Bashford 1969-12-01
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Movie Vienna 1968-01-01
Movie Skidoo George 'Blue Chips' Packard 1968-12-19
Movie La Baie du guet-apens Sgt. Ernest Wartell 1966-05-10
Movie L'arcidiavolo Adramelek 1966-12-20
Movie Cinquante millions pour Johns Norman Jones 1965-03-08
Movie How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Peachy Keane 1965-07-14
Series The Dean Martin Show Unknown 1965-09-16
Movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965-12-31
Movie L'invasion secrete Terence Scanlon 1964-09-16
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Le Fugitif Unknown 1963-09-17
Series L'Homme à la Rolls Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie Un monde fou, fou, fou, fou Ding 'Dingy' Bell 1963-11-07
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series The Tonight Show avec Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie Requiem pour un champion Army 1962-10-16
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Movie Diamants sur canapé Mr. Yunioshi 1961-10-06
Movie King of the Roaring 20's – The Story of Arnold Rothstein Johnny Burke 1961-06-11
Movie Everything's Ducky Kermit 'Beetle' McKay 1961-12-20
Movie The Private Lives of Adam and Eve Nick Lewis / The Devil 1960-01-20
Movie Platinum High School Steven Conway 1960-05-13
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie La rafale de la dernière chance 'Killer' John Mears 1959-02-18
Series La Quatrième Dimension Unknown 1959-10-02
Movie Le grand opérateur Little Joe Braun 1959-08-01
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Gus Harris 1958-12-01
Movie Andy Hardy Comes Home Andy Hardy 1958-12-22
Movie Le bal des cinglés MSgt. Yancy Skibo 1957-01-01
Movie The Comedian Sammy Hogarth 1957-02-14
Movie L'ennemi public Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis 1957-12-11
Movie Le brave et le téméraire Willie Dooley 1956-01-04
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Magnificent Roughnecks Frank Sommers 1956-07-22
Movie Francis dans la Maison Hantée David Prescott 1956-08-01
Movie The Twinkle In God's Eye Rev. William Macklin II 1955-10-13
Movie Le destin est au tournant Eddie Shannon 1954-03-10
Movie Les ponts de Toko-Ri Mike Forney 1954-12-01
Movie The Atomic Kid Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry 1954-12-08
Series Cérémonie des Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie All Ashore Francis 'Moby' Dickerson 1953-03-03
Movie A Slight Case of Larceny Augustus "Geechy" Cheevers 1953-06-05
Movie Sound Off Mike Donnelly 1952-05-15
Movie Les dégourdis de la M.P. Herbert Tuttle 1952-12-30
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Strip Stanley Maxton 1951-08-01
Movie My Outlaw Brother J. Dennis 'Denny' O'Moore 1951-08-22
Movie Sables mouvants Daniel 'Dan' Brady 1950-03-24
Movie He's a Cockeyed Wonder Freddie Frisby 1950-02-12
Movie Le Roi de la piste Johnny Casar 1950-11-09
Movie The Big Wheel Billy Coy 1949-11-04
Movie Summer Holiday Richard Miller 1948-04-15
Movie Ma Vie est une Chanson Lorenz Hart 1948-12-31
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Killer McCoy Tommy McCoy / Killer McCoy 1947-12-01
Movie Love Laughs at Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1946-12-25
Movie Le grand national Michael 'Mi' Taylor 1945-01-26
Movie Mickey the Great Mickey McGuire 1945-04-06
Movie Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Andy Hardy 1944-05-04
Movie Parade aux Étoiles Himself - Emcee at the Show 1943-01-01
Movie The Human Comedy Homer Macauley 1943-03-02
Movie Girl Crazy Danny Churchill, Jr. 1943-11-26
Movie Show-Business at War Himself 1943-05-21
Movie The Courtship of Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1942-03-03
Movie A Yank at Eton Timothy Dennis 1942-09-01
Movie Andy Hardy's Double Life Andy Hardy 1942-12-01
Movie Andy Hardy's Private Secretary Andy Hardy 1941-02-21
Movie Des Hommes vivront Whitey Marsh 1941-04-11
Movie La vie commence pour André Hardy Andy Hardy 1941-08-15
Movie Débuts à Broadway Tommy Williams 1941-12-31
Movie The Miracle of Sound 1940-01-01
Movie Andy Hardy's Dilemma: A Lesson in Mathematics... and Other Things Andy Hardy 1940-01-01
Movie Jeune Tom Edison Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison 1940-03-15
Movie André Hardy va dans le monde Andy Hardy 1940-07-05
Movie En Avant la Musique Jimmy Connors 1940-09-27
Movie Hollywood: Style Center of the World Himself 1940-05-29
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Himself 1940-07-31
Movie The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn 1939-02-10
Movie Loews Christmas Greeting (The Hardy Family) Andy Hardy 1939-01-09
Movie Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 8 Mickey Rooney 1939-04-08
Movie The Hardys Ride High Andy Hardy 1939-04-21
Movie Place au Rythme Mickey Moran 1939-10-13
Movie Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever Andy Hardy 1939-07-21
Movie Judge Hardy and Son Andy Hardy 1939-12-22
Movie From the Ends of the Earth 1939-05-28
Movie Hold That Kiss Chick Evans 1938-05-13
Movie Judge Hardy's Children Andy Hardy 1938-03-26
Movie Love Is a Headache Mike O'Toole 1938-01-14
Movie Hollywood Handicap Himself 1938-05-28
Movie Another Romance of Celluloid Himself (uncredited) 1938-02-05
Movie Lord Jeff Terry O'Mulvaney 1938-06-17
Movie Out West with the Hardys Andy Hardy 1938-11-25
Movie Des hommes sont nés Whitey Marsh 1938-09-08
Movie Stablemates Mickey 1938-10-07
Movie L'Amour Frappe André Hardy Andy Hardy 1938-07-22
Movie Slave Ship Swifty 1937-06-16
Movie A Family Affair Andy Hardy 1937-03-12
Movie Cinema Circus Himself 1937-01-27
Movie Capitaines courageux Dan Troop 1937-06-25
Movie You're Only Young Once Andy Hardy 1937-12-10
Movie Hoosier Schoolboy Shockey Carter 1937-07-07
Movie Thoroughbreds Don't Cry Timmie Donovan 1937-12-03
Movie Live, Love and Learn Jerry Crump 1937-10-29
Movie Riffraff Jimmy 1936-01-03
Movie Le petit lord Fauntleroy Dick Tipton 1936-03-06
Movie Down the Stretch Snapper Sinclair 1936-09-18
Movie The Devil Is a Sissy 'Gig' Stevens 1936-09-18
Movie The Healer Jimmy 1935-06-14
Movie Reckless Eddie 1935-04-19
Movie Le Songe d'une nuit d'été Puck 1935-10-09
Movie Impétueuse Jeunesse Tommy Miller 1935-12-25
Movie Pirate Party on Catalina Isle Mickey Rooney (uncredited) 1935-11-20
Movie A Dream Comes True Puck (archive footage) (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie L'Ennemi public n°1 Blackie as a Boy 1934-05-04
Movie Love Birds Gladwyn Tootle 1934-05-04
Movie Mickey's Minstrels Mickey McGuire 1934-01-10
Movie Mickey's Medicine Man Mickey McGuire 1934-05-17
Movie Mickey's Rescue Mickey McGuire 1934-03-22
Movie Death on the Diamond Mickey 1934-09-14
Movie Half a Sinner Willie Clark 1934-06-01
Movie La Passagère Boy Shipboard Swimmer (uncredited) 1934-08-31
Movie Hide-Out William 'Willie' Miller 1934-08-24
Movie Blind Date Freddie Taylor 1934-07-20
Movie The Big Chance Arthur Wilson 1933-08-28
Movie Broadway to Hollywood Ted Hackett III as Child 1933-09-15
Movie Mickey's Ape Man Mickey McGuire 1933-01-19
Movie Mickey's Race Mickey McGuire 1933-04-13
Movie The Big Cage Jimmy O'Hara 1933-04-30
Movie The Life of Jimmy Dolan Freckles 1933-06-03
Movie Mickey's Covered Wagon Mickey McGuire 1933-11-29
Movie Mickey's Touchdown Mickey McGuire 1933-10-13
Movie The World Changes Otto Peterson as a Child 1933-11-25
Movie The Chief Willie 1933-11-03
Movie Mickey's Tent Show Mickey McGuire 1933-10-26
Movie Sin's Pay Day Chubby Dennis 1932-03-02
Movie The Beast of the City Mickey Fitzpatrick (uncredited) 1932-02-13
Movie My Pal, the King King Charles V 1932-04-03
Movie Fast Companions Midge 1932-06-22
Movie Officer Thirteen Buddy Malone 1932-12-15
Movie Mickey's Rebellion Mickey McGuire 1931-06-23
Movie Mickey's Stampede Mickey McGuire 1931-02-06
Movie Mickey's Wildcats Mickey McGuire 1931-09-11
Movie Mickey's Thrill Hunters Mickey McGuire 1931-09-18
Movie Mickey's Champs Mickey McGuire 1930-02-02
Movie Mickey's Explorers Mickey McGuire 1930-02-16
Movie Mickey's Warriors Mickey McGuire 1930-05-24
Movie Mickey's Luck Mickey McGuire 1930-03-29
Movie Mickey's Brown Derby Mickey McGuire 1929-05-11
Movie Mickey's Great Idea Mickey McGuire 1929-01-29
Movie Mickey's Northwest Mounted Mickey McGuire 1929-06-08
Movie Mickey's Surprise Mickey McGuire 1929-09-14
Movie Mickey's Big Moment Mickey McGuire 1929-11-09
Movie Mickey's Mix-Up Mickey McGuire 1929-10-12
Movie Mickey in School Mickey McGuire 1928-02-06
Movie Mickey's Little Eva Mickey McGuire 1928-04-01
Movie Mickey's Big Game Hunt Mickey McGuire 1928-12-22
Movie Mickey's Movies Mickey McGuire 1928-09-02
Movie Mickey the Detective Mickey McGuire 1928-10-27
Movie Orchids and Ermine Mickey McGuire 1927-03-06
Movie Mickey's Pals Mickey McGuire 1927-10-02
Movie Mickey's Battle Mickey McGuire 1927-12-05
Movie Mickey's Eleven Mickey McGuire 1927-11-07