Mickey Rooney

Actor, Singer, Musician
Mickey Rooney was a little man who enjoyed a big career and a larger-than-life persona. Born into a family of vaudeville performers, he was pushed on stage before he could talk and never let up, appearing in hundreds of ... Read more »
Born: 09/23/1920 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (216)

Horrorween 2014 (Movie)

Cameo (Actor)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

The Face on the Barroom Floor 2014 (Movie)

The Derelict (Actor)

Hero Dog Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Narrator

Last Will and Embezzlement 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Muppets 2011 (Movie)

(Cameo)

Empire State Building Murders 2008 (Movie)

Mickey Silver (Actor)

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Lost Stallions: The Journey Home 2007 (Movie)

Chief (Actor)

The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams 2007 (Movie)

David McCord (Actor)

Night at the Museum 2006 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Judy Garland 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Ava Gardner 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1991 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Norm 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Safe Harbor 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Donna Reed 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 1999 (Movie)

of Sparky (Voice)

Babe 2: Pig in the City 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stories From My Childhood 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The 1997 Hollywood Christmas Parade 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The First of May 1998 (Movie)

Boss Ed (Actor)

Animals 1997 (Movie)

The Tollkeeper (Actor)

Boys Will Be Boys 1997 (Movie)

Wellington (Actor)

Carmen Miranda: The South American Way 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Midnight 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Michael Kael vs. The World News Company 1997 (Movie)

Griffith (Actor)

Private Screenings: Mickey Rooney 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Full House 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Here Comes the Bride... There Goes the Groom 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack's Place 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Musicals Great Musicals 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Remember When 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Legend of O. B. Taggert 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Road Home 1995 (Movie)

Father Flanagan (Actor)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Family Edition 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of the Black Stallion 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of the Red Baron 1993 (Movie)

Grandpa James (Actor)

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland 1992 (Movie)

of Flip (Voice)

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Maximum Force 1992 (Movie)

Chief of Police (Actor)

Sweet Justice 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Legend of Wolf Mountain 1992 (Movie)

Jensen (Actor)

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic Voyage 1992 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Milky Life 1992 (Movie)

Barry Reilly (Actor)

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 (Movie)

Junior (Actor)

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Channel's Fall Sneak Preview 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker 1990 (Movie)

Joe Petto (Actor)

Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park Grand Opening 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

Erik's Grandfather (Actor)

Miss Hollywood Talent Search 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

True Confessions 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Lightning - The White Stallion 1986 (Movie)

Barney Ingram (Actor)

The Care Bears Movie 1985 (Movie)

of Cherrywood (Voice)

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

O'Malley 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

One of the Boys 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Senior Trip! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

La Traversee de la Pacific 1981 (Movie)

Emperor of Peru (Actor)

Raquel 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fox and the Hound 1981 (Movie)

of Tod (Voice)

The Black Stallion 1980 (Movie)

Henry Dailey (Actor)

Arabian Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Daad El Shur (Actor)

A Year at the Top 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete's Dragon 1977 (Movie)

Lampie (Actor)

The Magic of Lassie 1977 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Dick Cavett's Backlot USA 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Rachel's Man 1976 (Movie)

Laban (Actor)

The Domino Principle 1976 (Movie)

Spiventa (Actor)

The Year Without a Santa Claus 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Voice

Bon Baisers de Hong Kong 1974 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Journey Back to Oz 1974 (Movie)

(Voice)

The NBC Follies 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The NBC Follies 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Fol-De-Rol 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Pulp 1972 (Movie)

Preston Gilbert (Actor)

Richard 1972 (Movie)

Guardian Angel (Actor)

B.J. Presents 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County 1970 (Movie)

Indian Tom (Actor)

Eighty Steps to Jonah 1969 (Movie)

Wilfred Bashford (Actor)

The Comic 1969 (Movie)

Cockeye (Actor)

Skidoo 1968 (Movie)

"Blue Chips" Packard (Actor)

The Extraordinary Seaman 1968 (Movie)

Cook 3rd Class W J Oglethorpe (Actor)

Ambush Bay 1966 (Movie)

Sergeant Ernest Wartell (Actor)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 (Movie)

Peachy Keane (Actor)

The Devil In Love 1965 (Movie)

Adramalek (Actor)

The Seven Little Foys 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World 1963 (Movie)

Ding Bell (Actor)

The Dick Powell Show 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Invasion 1963 (Movie)

Terence Scanlon (Actor)

Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

Mr Yunioshi (Actor)

Requiem For a Heavyweight 1961 (Movie)

Army (Actor)

Platinum High School 1960 (Movie)

Steven Conway (Actor)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Private Lives of Adam and Eve 1960 (Movie)

Nick Lewis/Devil (Actor)

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed 1958 (Movie)

Gus Harris (Actor)

Andy Hardy Comes Home 1958 (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Pinocchio 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Operator 1958 (Movie)

Little Joe Braun (Actor)

The Last Mile 1958 (Movie)

"Killer" John Mears (Actor)

Baby Face Nelson 1957 (Movie)

Lester Gillis/Baby Face Nelson (Actor)

Operation Mad Ball 1957 (Movie)

Yancey Skibo (Actor)

The Comedian 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bold and the Brave 1956 (Movie)

Dooley (Actor)

Hey Mulligan 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Twinkle in God's Eye 1955 (Movie)

Reverend Macklin (Actor)

Drive a Crooked Road 1954 (Movie)

Eddie Shannon (Actor)

The Atomic Kid 1954 (Movie)

Blix Waterberry (Actor)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 (Movie)

Mike Forney (Actor)

All Ashore 1953 (Movie)

Francis 'Moby' Dickerson (Actor)

Off Limits 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sound Off 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Fireball 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Words and Music 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

National Velvet 1944 (Movie)

Mike Taylor (Actor)

Babes in Arms 1938 (Movie)

Mickey Moran (Actor)

Boys Town 1937 (Movie)

Whitey Marsh (Actor)

Love Finds Andy Hardy 1937 (Movie)

Andrew Hardy (Actor)

Captains Courageous 1936 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Devil Is a Sissy 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Little Lord Fauntleroy 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1934 (Movie)

Puck (Actor)

Hide-Out 1933 (Movie)

William 'Willie' Miller (Actor)

The Life of Jimmy Dolan 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Miser Brothers' Christmas (TV Show)

Voice

A Yank at Eton (Movie)

Timothy Dennis (Actor)

Ah, Wilderness! (Movie)

Tommy Miller (Actor)

Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Andy Hardy's Double Life (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Babes on Broadway (Movie)

Tommy Williams (Actor)

Bill (TV Show)

Actor

Bill on His Own (TV Show)

Actor

Bluegrass (TV Show)

Actor

Death on the Diamond (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Donovan's Kid (TV Show)

Actor

Down the Stretch (Movie)

Snapper Sinclair (Actor)

Evil Roy Slade (TV Show)

Actor

Girl Crazy (Movie)

Danny Churchill Jr. (Actor)

Gossip: Tabloid Tales (TV Show)

Actor

Half a Sinner (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

High Speed (Movie)

(Actor)

Hold That Kiss (Movie)

Chick Evans (Actor)

Judge Hardy and Son (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Judge Hardy's Children (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Killer McCoy (Movie)

Tommy McCoy (Actor)

Leave 'Em Laughing (TV Show)

Actor

Life Begins for Andy Hardy (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Little Spies (TV Show)

Actor

Live, Love and Learn (Movie)

Jerry Crump (Actor)

Lord Jeff (Movie)

Terry O'Mulvaney (Actor)

Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (Movie)

Andrew Hardy (Actor)

Manhattan Melodrama (Movie)

Blackie as a boy (Actor)

Men of Boys Town (Movie)

Whitey Marsh (Actor)

My Kidnapper, My Love (TV Show)

Actor

My Outlaw Brother (Movie)

Denny O'More (Actor)

My Pal, the King (Movie)

Charles V (Actor)

Orchids and Ermine (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Out West with the Hardys (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

Phantom of the Megaplex (TV Show)

Actor

Rusty Leads the Way (Movie)

Gerald (Actor)

Slave Ship (Movie)

Swifty (Actor)

Stablemates (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Strike up the Band (Movie)

Jimmy Connors (Actor)

Summer Holiday (Movie)

Richard Miller (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Movie)

Huckleberry Finn (Actor)

The Beast of the City (Movie)

Mickey Fitzpatrick (Actor)

The Big Chance (Movie)

The Kid (Actor)

The Big Wheel (Movie)

Billy Coy (Actor)

The Chief (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

The County Chairman (Movie)

Freckles (Actor)

The Courtship of Andy Hardy (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

The Happy Elf (TV Show)

Voice

The Hardys Ride High (Movie)

Andy Hardy (Actor)

The Healer (Movie)

(Actor)

The Human Comedy (Movie)

Homer Macauley (Actor)

The Lost Jungle (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

The Sun Comes Up (Movie)

Cleaver (Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

Actor

The World Changes (Movie)

(Actor)

Thousands Cheer (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Young Tom Edison (Movie)

Tom Edison (Actor)
Music (5)

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 1999 (Movie)

("Junkyard Society Rag") (Song Performer)

Andy Hardy Comes Home 1958 (Movie)

songs("Unkwinit" "Lazy Summer Night" "U Gotta Soda" "The Octavians") (Song)

The Bold and the Brave 1956 (Movie)

(Song)

The Twinkle in God's Eye 1955 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Director (1)

The Private Lives of Adam and Eve 1960 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

The Legend of O. B. Taggert 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Mickey Rooney was a little man who enjoyed a big career and a larger-than-life persona. Born into a family of vaudeville performers, he was pushed on stage before he could talk and never let up, appearing in hundreds of movies, TV shows, plays, casinos and gossip columns. He had a hunger for life and work that belied his small stature, marrying eight times, earning and losing millions of dollars on several occasions, and seemingly accepting any invitation to perform, whether it was a dinner theater or the Academy Awards. Outliving most of his Golden Age contemporaries, he carved out a unique place in show business history that spanned generations of fans. And even though his career reached its peak in the 1930s with his onscreen partnership with Judy Garland, he continued to win awards and accolades until his death on April 6, 2014.

Relationships

Nellie Carter

Mother
Performed with husband Joe Yule who was also a vaudeville actor Moved with son Mickey to Hollywood 1925 after splitting from husband

Elaine Devry Actor

Wife
Married Nov. 18, 1952 Divorced May 18, 1958

Ava Gardner Actor

Wife
Met during Gardner's first week in Hollywood Couple had to ask Louis B. Mayer for permission to marry Married Jan. 10, 1942 Divorced May 21, 1943

Carolyn Hockett

Wife
Married May 27, 1969 Divorced Jan. 24, 1975

Margaret Lane

Wife
Married Sept. 10, 1966 Divorced Dec. 14, 1967

Carolyn Mitchell Actor

Wife
Married Dec. 1, 1958 until Jan. 31, 1966 when Mitchell was murdered

Betty Rase

Wife
Married Sept. 30, 1944 Divorced June 3,1949

Jonelle Rooney

Daughter
Mother, Carolyn Hockett

Mickey Rooney Jr. Actor

Son
Born July 3, 1945; mother, Betty Jane Rase; played bass for Willie Nelson's band

Ted Rooney Actor

Son
Born April 12, 1950; mother, Martha Vickers Both played title character at different ages in "Andy Hardy Comes Home" (1958)

Jan Rooney Actor

Wife
Married July 28, 1978

Kelly Rooney

Daughter
Mother, Carolyn Mitchell

Tim Rooney Actor

Son
Born Jan. 4, 1947; mother, Betty Jane Rase Co-starred on ABC comedy "Mickey" (1964-65) Died Sept. 23, 2006 after a five-year battle with muscle disease known as dermatomyositis

Kerry Rooney

Daughter
Mother, Carolyn Mitchell

Kimmy Rooney

Daughter
Mother, Carolyn Mitchell

Jimmy Rooney

Son
Adopted by Rooney; mother, Carolyn Hockett

Kyle Rooney

Son
Mother, Carolyn Mitchell

Norma Shearer Actor

Companion
Romantically involved when Rooney was still in his teens

Martha Vickers Actor

Wife
Married June 3, 1949 Divorced Sept. 25, 1952

Joe Yule Actor

Father
Born April 30, 1894; known for his role in "Jiggs and Maggie" film series; performed with wife Nellie W. Carter, who was also a vaudeville actor Died from a heart attack, March 30, 1950

EDUCATION

Hollywood High School

Los Angeles , California 1938

Milestones

2008

Starred as Chief, a wise old ranch owner, in the independent family feature film "Lost Stallions: The Journey Home"

2006

Cast opposite Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"

2000

Featured in the Disney Channel TV-movie "Phantom of the Megaplex"

1995

Appeared in the Toronto production of "Crazy for You," a stage adaptation of his film "Girl Crazy"

1994

Co-hosted the compilation feature documentary, "That's Entertainment III," a retrospective salute to the MGM musicals from the 1920s through the 50s

1994

Wrote first novel, The Search for Sonny Skies

1983

Reprised title role in the CBS TV-movie sequel "Bill on His Own"

1982

Awarded second Honorary Oscar

1981

Played Bill Sackler, a man faced with reassimilating to life outside a mental institution, in the fact-based CBS TV-movie "Bill"

1980

Starred on Broadway, opposite Ann Miller, in the popular revue "Sugar Babies"; received a Tony nomination

1979

Co-starred in "The Black Stallion"; earned fourth Oscar nomination

1963

Featured in the ensemble comedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"

1961

Gave a charmless performance as an Asian man taken with Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

1960

Directed second feature film, "The Private Lives of Adam and Eve"

1959

Played a death row inmate in "The Last Mile"

1958

Made last Andy Hardy film, "Andy Hardy Comes Home"

1957

Starred as the titular gangster in "Baby Face Nelson"

1956

Gave a memorable performance in the World War II drama "The Bold and the Brave"; nominated for Oscar for his performance

1951

Feature film directorial debut, "My True Story"

1948

Starred as the older brother of the character he played in "Ah, Wilderness" (1935) in the musical adaptation "Summer Holiday"

1948

Played Lorenz Hart opposite Tom Drake's Richard Rodgers in "Words and Music"; final film with Garland

1946

First postwar film, "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy"; the last installment of the series for 12 years

1942

Received an Oscar nomination for his performance as a teenager who takes over as man of the house in "The Human Comedy"

1940

Third collaboration with Berkeley and Garland, "Babes on Broadway"

1940

Re-teamed with Garland and Berkeley in "Strike Up the Band"

1939

Starred with Judy Garland in Busby Berkeley's "Babes in Arms"; earned first Oscar nomination

1938

Had acclaimed roles in "Boys Town" and "Love Finds Andy Hardy"

1938

Awarded an honorary Academy Award along with fellow teen star Deanna Durbin

1937

First of ten films with Judy Garland, "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry"

1937

Debuted as Andy Hardy in "A Family Affair"

1936

Featured in the sentimental "Little Lord Fauntleroy" starring Freddie Bartholomew

1935

Played Puck in a star-studded film production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring James Cagney and Olivia de Haviland

1935

Acted in "Ah, Wilderness," a film adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's comedy

1934

Signed to MGM

1934

Started his film career with nearly a dozen credits in a single year, including roles in "Manhattan Melodrama" and "I Like It That Way"

1927

Starred as Mickey McGuire in over 50 installments of a two-reel comedy series

1922

First appeared onstage as part of his parents' vaudeville act

Played Henry Dailey on the Family Channel series, "The Adventures of the Black Stallion"

Did not appear in films for two years while serving in WWII

Starred in the NBC sitcom "The Mickey Rooney Show"

Played a retiree who enherits a luxury hotel in the sitcom "Mickey" (ABC)

Performed mostly supporting roles in A-budget films and leads in B's during the 1950s

Bonus Trivia

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Rooney has been nominated for four Oscars: as Best Actor in "Babes in Arms" (1939) and "The Human Comedy" (1943) and as Best Supporting Actor in "The Bold and the Brave" (1956) and "The Black Stallion" (1979).

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Filed for bankruptcy in July 1996, citing debts of over $1.75 million owed to the IRS.

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Underwent emergency surgery for a perforated colon while touring Australia in 1999.

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Rooney underwent open heart surgery in December 2000.

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On March 3, 2011, Mickey Rooney told the Senate Special Committee on Aging that he was abused by a family member who took control of his life. Rooney implored the Senate committee to stop what experts call chronic emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse of elderly Americans by family members and other caregivers. Rooney has filed a restraining order against his stepson and stepdaughter, claiming both emotional and financial abuse.

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