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Mickey Rooney

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Mickey Rooney

American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances span nearly his entire lifetime add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1920.

Countries: United States (73%), California (8%), United Kingdom (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Andy Hardy, John Frankenheimer, Judy Garland

Linked to: Turner Classic Movies, Garden State Life Insurance Company, Hollywood High School, Hollywood Professional School

 

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Mickey Rooney was born in 1920 add something

 

Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor, to date spanning 90 years actively making films in ten decades, from 1920s to 2010s add something


1924

The Yules separated in 1924 during a slump in vaudeville, and in 1925, Nell Yule moved with her son to Hollywood , California, where she managed a tourist home add something


1927

Joe got the role and became "Mickey" for 78 of the comedies, running from 1927 to 1936, starting with "Mickey's Circus", released September 4, 1927 add something


1930

Sara Haden - Haden later became a MGM contract player in the late 1930s and had smallish roles in many of the studio's films, most notably in the Andy Hardy series starring Mickey Rooney, cast as the spinsterish Aunt Milly Forrest


1932

During an interruption in the series in 1932, Mrs. Yule made plans to take her son on a ten-week vaudeville tour as McGuire, and Fox sued successfully to stop him from using the name add something


1934

Rooney did other films in his adolescence, including several more of the McGuire films, and signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934 add something

 

Max Reinhardt - Mickey Rooney and Ms. de Havilland had appeared in Reinhardt's 1934 stage production, which was staged at the Hollywood Bowl


1935

James Cagney - In 1935, Cagney was listed as one of the Top Ten Moneymakers in Hollywood for the first time, and was cast more frequently in non-gangster roles; he played a lawyer who joins the FBI in G-Men, and he took on his first, and only, Shakespearean role, as top-billed Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream alongside Joe E. Brown as Flute and Mickey Rooney as Puck.

 

Max Reinhardt - Reinhardt followed that success by directing a film version in 1935 using a mostly different cast, that included James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Joe E. Brown and Olivia de Havilland, amongst others


1937

Also in 1937, Rooney made his first film alongside Judy Garland with "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry" add something

 

In 1937, Rooney was selected to portray Andy Hardy in "A Family Affair" , which MGM had planned as a B-movie add something

 

MGM cast Rooney as the teenage son of a judge in 1937's "A Family Affair", setting Rooney on the way to another successful film series add something

 

The film was an unexpected success, and led to 13 more "Andy Hardy" films between 1937 and 1946, and a final film in 1958 add something

 

Cecilia Parker - Beginning with "A Family Affair" in 1937, the series featured Hollywood luminaries like Mickey Rooney, Lewis_Stone, Ann Rutherford, and Fay Holden

 

Ann Rutherford - From 1937 until 1942, Rutherford portrayed Polly Benedict in the MGM Andy Hardy youth comedy film series with actor Mickey Rooney

 

Lewis Stone - In 1937 Stone essayed the role which would become his most famous, that of Judge James Hardy in the Mickey Rooney "Andy Hardy" series

 

Andy Hardy - "'Andrew "Andy" Hardy"' is a fictional character played by Mickey Rooney in an MGM film series from 1937 to 1958


 

Rooney was awarded an Academy Juvenile award in 1938, and in 1983 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted him their Academy Honorary award for his lifetime of achievement add something

 

Rooney's breakthrough role as a dramatic actor came in 1938's "Boys Town" opposite Spencer Tracy as Whitey Marsh, which opened shortly before his 18th birthday add something

 

Tom Neal - In 1938 he first appeared in film in "Out West with the Hardys", part of the Mickey Rooney "Hardy family" movie series

 

Deanna Durbin - In 1938 she received a special Academy Juvenile *award, along with Mickey Rooney


1939

Tyrone Power - He was named the second biggest box office draw in 1939, surpassed by only Mickey Rooney

 

Judy Garland - There she made more than two dozen films, including nine with Mickey Rooney and the 1939 film with which she would be most identified, "The Wizard of Oz"

 

Babes in Arms (film) - The film version stars Mickey Rooney, Judy_Garland, Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, June 1939 Preisser, Grace Hayes and Betty Jaynes


1940

Unquestionably a well-known entertainer by the early 1940s, his picture appeared on the cover of the March 18, 1940 issue of Time Magazine, one of the few show business personalities so honored in that era add something

 

Esther Williams - After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in "A Guy Named Joe", Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as "aquamusicals", which featured elaborate performances with synchronized swimming and diving

 

Linda Darnell - In 1940, during the shooting of "Star Dust", Darnell for a short time went out with teen idol Mickey Rooney


1942

In 1942, he married Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner, but the two were divorced well before she became a star in her own right add something


1943

Donna Reed - In 1943, she appeared in The Human Comedy with Mickey Rooney, followed by roles in The Picture of Dorian Gray and They Were Expendable, both in 1945.


1944

In 1944, Rooney entered military service add something

 

While stationed in the military in Alabama in 1944, Rooney met and married local beauty queen Betty Jane Phillips add something

 

Elizabeth Taylor - "Velvet", which costarred fellow young actor Mickey Rooney and English newcomer Angela Lansbury, became a great success upon its release in December 1944


1948

He appeared in a number of films, including "Words and Music" in 1948, which paired him for the last time with Garland on film add something

 

He briefly starred in a CBS radio series, "Shorty Bell", in the summer of 1948, and reprised his role as "Andy Hardy", with most of the original cast, in a syndicated radio version of "The Hardy Family" in 1949 and 1950 add something


1950

In the 1950s and 1960s, he was often the subject of comedians' jokes for his alleged inability to stay married add something

 

John Frankenheimer - Throughout the 1950s he directed over 140 episodes of shows like Playhouse 90, Climax/, and Danger, including The Comedian, written by Rod Serling and starring Mickey Rooney as a ragingly vicious television comedian.


1951

In 1951, he directed a feature film for Columbia Pictures, "My True Story" starring Helen Walker add something


1952

Jed Harris - However starting with the 1952 film "The Light Touch", starring George Sanders, Harris wrote the story for a trio of films including "Night People" starring Gregory Peck and Buddy Ebsen, and "Operation Mad Ball", starring Jack Lemmon, Dick York, and Mickey Rooney


1954

Leslie H. Martinson - His first feature film assignment was Republic Pictures' 1954 film, "The Atomic Kid", a Mickey Rooney matinée vehicle


1957

Rooney starred as a ragingly egomaniacal television comedian in the live 90-minute television drama "The Comedian", in the "Playhouse 90" series on the evening of Valentine's Day in 1957, and as himself in a revue called "The Musical Revue of 1959" based on the 1929 film "The Hollywood Revue of 1929" which was edited into a film in 1960, by British International Pictures add something

 

Playhouse 90 - As "Playhouse 90" moved into 1957, Frankenheimer directed a science fiction drama, "The Ninth Day" , by Howard and Dorothy Baker, about a small group of World War III survivors and a Serling original, "The Comedian" , featuring Mickey Rooney as an abrasive, manipulative television comedian

 

Edmond O'Brien - He appeared extensively in television, including the 1957 live 90-minute broadcast on "Playhouse 90" of "The Comedian", a drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer in which Mickey Rooney portrays a television comedian while O'Brien plays a writer driven to the brink of insanity

 

Kim Hunter - She appeared opposite Mickey Rooney in the 1957 live CBS-TV broadcast of "The Comedian", a harrowing drama written by Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer

 

Red Skelton - Skelton returned to his television show on January 15, 1957, with guest star Mickey Rooney helping to lift his spirits


1958

In 1958, Rooney joined Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra in hosting an episode of NBC's short-lived "Club Oasis" comedy and variety show add something

 

In 1958, Rooney married Barbara Ann Thomason, but tragedy struck when she was murdered in 1966 add something

 

Johnny Weissmuller, Jr. - In 1958 Weissmuller Jr. got his first screen role in the Mickey Rooney film "Andy Hardy Comes Home"


1959

Richard Whorf - He directed the short-lived 1959 syndicated adventure series, "Border Patrol", and the 1964-1965 ABC sitcom, "Mickey", starring Mickey Rooney


1960

In 1960, Rooney directed and starred in "The Private Lives of Adam and Eve", an ambitious comedy known for its multiple flashbacks and many cameos add something

 

In the 1960s, Rooney returned to theatrical entertainment add something


1961

On December 31, 1961, he appeared on television's "What's My Line" and mentioned that he had already started enrolling students in the MRSE add something

 

Breakfast at Tiffany's (film) - "'Breakfast at Tiffany's"' is a 1961 American romantic comedy film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney


1962

In 1962, his debts had forced him into filing for bankruptcy add something

 

Andrew Duggan - In 1962, Duggan starred in the 26-week ABC situation comedy, "Room for One More", with co-stars Peggy McCay, Ronnie Dapo, and Tim Rooney, a son of Mickey Rooney


1964

In 1964, he launched another half-hour sitcom, "Mickey", on ABC add something

 

It lasted 17 episodes, ending primarily due to the suicide of co-star Sammee Tong in October 1964 add something

 

Parley Baer - In 1964, he appeared as a sheriff in an episode of Mickey Rooney's short-lived "Mickey" sitcom

 

Emmaline Henry - She appeared as Mickey Rooney's wife, Nora Grady, in the short-lived ABC sitcom "Mickey" in 1964-1965


1966

Milos Milos - The two were found dead in her husband Mickey Rooney's Los Angeles house in 1966


1969

The Extraordinary Seaman - "'The Extraordinary Seaman"' is a 1969 American comedy war film directed by John Frankenheimer and starring David Niven, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda, Mickey Rooney, and Jack Carter


1972

Gabriel Dell - In the latter part of his life, Dell appeared as the proprietor of "The Corner Bar" on ABC, a supporting role in "Earthquake", a 1976 pilot, "Risko", and "A Year at the Top", in which he played opposite Mickey Rooney as the Devil's son


1977

Andre Weinfeld - Having moved to live and work in the USA in 1977, André started his own Production and Video Distribution Company while producing, writing and directing "From Raquel With Love" a variety show TV Special with Raquel Welch, Mickey Rooney and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.


1978

Finally, in 1978, Rooney married Jan Chamberlin, his 8th wife add something

 

Moosie Drier - Other roles from this period were in 1978 biographical dramas; Drier played a young Mickey Rooney in the 1978 Judy Garland biography "Rainbow", while in the Alan Freed bio "American Hot Wax", Drier played Artie Moress, the head of a Buddy Holly fan-club, who gives a tearful on-the-air memorial just after the famous plane crash

 

Jan Rooney - She and Mickey Rooney were married on August 7, 1978, and performed together for decades


1979

Ann Jillian - After appearing with Mickey Rooney in the play "Goodnight Ladies" in Chicago, the producers cast Ann Jillian to appear in the original company of "Sugar Babies" on Broadway with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller in 1979


1980

He continued to work on stage and television through the 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the acclaimed stage play "Sugar Babies" with Ann Miller beginning in 1979 add something


 

He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy award for his role in 1981's "Bill" add something


1982

On television, starred in the short-lived sitcom, "One of the Boys", along with 2 unfamiliar young stars, Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane, in 1982 add something


1985

Rooney voiced Mr. Cherrywood in "The Care Bears Movie" , and starred as the Movie Mason in a Disney Channel Original Movie family film 2000's "Phantom of the Megaplex" add something

 

Jeff Dunham - He caught a break in 1985 when he was asked to join the Broadway show "Sugar Babies" with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, replacing the outgoing variety act


1990

In the 1990s, he returned to Broadway for the final months of "Will Rogers Follies", playing the ghost of Will's father add something


 

In 1991, Rooney was honored by the Young Artist Foundation with its Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" award recognizing his achievements within the film industry as a child actor add something

 

Sammee Tong - In his 1991 autobiography, "Life Is Too Short", Mickey Rooney wrote that Tong was upset by the news that "Mickey" faced cancellation


1995

He voiced himself in the "Simpsons" episode "Radioactive Man" of 1995 add something

 

Charlton Heston - In 1995, Heston starred with Peter Graves, Mickey Rooney and Deborah Winters in the Warren Chaney docudrama, America: A Call to Greatness.

 

Juliet Prowse - In 1995, she went into remission and was well enough to tour with Mickey Rooney in "Sugar Babies"


1996

In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him add something


1999

Rooney appeared in television commercials for Garden State Life Insurance Company in 1999, alongside his wife Jan Rooney add something

 

Dan Byrd - His first screen role was in the 1999 film "The First of May", which starred Julie Harris and Mickey Rooney


2007

In commercials shown in 2007, he can be seen in the background washing imaginary dishes add something

 

On May 26, 2007, he was grand marshal at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival add something

 

Dale Meeks - A Grimsby Evening Telegraph review of Meeks' work noted, Over Christmas 2007, Meeks appeared in the pantomime Cinderella with Mickey Rooney and Les Dennis at the Sunderland Empire Theatre


2009

In December 2009, he appeared as a guest to a dinner party hosted by David Gest on "Come Dine With Me" add something


2010

On September 23, 2010, Rooney celebrated his 90th birthday at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in the Upper East Side of New York City add something

 

In December 2010 he was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month add something


2011

On February 16, 2011, Rooney was granted a temporary restraining order against Christopher Aber add something

 

AARP Bulletin, March 2, 2011 add something

 

On March 2, 2011 Rooney appeared before a special US Senate committee that was considering legislation to curb elder abuse add something

 

On March 27, 2011, all of Rooney's finances were permanently handed over to lawyers over the claim of missing money add something

 

In April 2011, the temporary restraining order that Rooney was previously granted was replaced by a confidential settlement between Rooney and his stepson add something

 

Jan Rooney - On March 2, 2011, the 90-year-old Mickey Rooney told a U.S. Senate committee investigating elder abuse that he had been financially exploited and stripped of the ability to make even the most basic decisions about my life by his stepson, Christopher Aber , against whom he obtained a restraining order


2012

As of 2012, Rooney is the only surviving entertainer depicted in the cartoon add something

 

Diana Serra Cary - Along with Carla Laemmle, Lupita Tovar, and Mickey Rooney, she is one of the last living silent film stars as of 2012


2013

In 2013, this eighth marriage reached a milestone for reaching the same span of time from Rooney's first marriage to his last divorce add something

 

In May 2013, Mickey sold his house of many years, separated from his wife Jan Rooney and split the proceeds add something


2014

In 2014, Rooney returned to film scenes to reprise his role as "Gus" in "Night at the Museum 3" add something

 

Shortly before his death in 2014 at age 93, he alleged mistreatment by some family members, and testified in Congress about what he alleged was physical abuse and exploitation by family members add something


Mickey Rooney died in 2014 add something

 

Rooney died in his sleep at his stepson's home in Los Angeles, California on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93 add something

 

After his death, family members clashed over his burial and a court hearing on the matter was scheduled for April 11, 2014 add something


2015

Jekyl and Mr. Hyde", is scheduled to be released in April 2015 add something

 

An October 2015 article in "The Hollywood Reporter" maintained that Rooney was frequently abused and financially depleted by his closest relatives in the last years of his life add something