Mickey Rooney

23 Sep 1920 - 6 Apr 2014

Actor, Director

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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Filmography (88 titles)

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Gus)
(movie, 2011)
···The Muppets
Genre: Comedy, Music, Family
Role: Actor (as Smalltown Resident)
(movie, 2008)
···A Miser Brothers' Christmas
Genre: Animation
Role: Actor (as Santa Claus)
Genre: Crime
Role: Actor (as Mickey Silver)
(movie, 2006)
···Night at the Museum
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Gus)
(movie, 2005)
···The Happy Elf
Genre: Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Santa)
Genre: Romance, Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Sparky (voice))
(movie, 1999)
···The First of May
Genre: Drama, Sport, Family
Role: Actor (as Boss Ed)
(movie, 1998)
···Babe: Pig in the City
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Fugly Floom, the Speechless Man in Hotel)
(movie, 1998)
···Animals with the Tollkeeper
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Tollkeeper)
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as O.B. Taggart)
(movie, 1990)
···Home for Christmas
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Elmer)
(movie, 1989)
···Erik the Viking
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Erik's Grandfather)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Flip)
(movie, 1988)
···Bluegrass
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as John Paul Jones)
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Barney Ingram)
(movie, 1986)
···Little Spies
Genre: Action, Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as James Turner(The Hermit))
(movie, 1985)
···The Care Bears Movie
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Mr. Cherrywood (voice))
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Mike Halligan)
(movie, 1983)
···Bill: On His Own
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Bill Sackter)
(movie, 1982)
···The Emperor of Peru
Genre: Adventure
Role: Actor (as The Railway Engineer)
(movie, 1981)
···The Fox and the Hound
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Tod (voice))
(movie, 1981)
···Bill
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Bill Sackter)
(movie, 1979)
···The Black Stallion
Genre: Adventure, Family
Role: Actor (as Henry Dailey)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Role: Actor (as Santa Claus)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Himself - Guest)
(movie, 1978)
···The Magic of Lassie
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Gus)
(movie, 1977)
···Pete's Dragon
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Lampie)
(movie, 1977)
···The Domino Principle
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Spiventa)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Role: Actor (as Santa Claus)
(movie, 1972)
···Pulp
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Preston Gilbert)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Family, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Kris Kingle · Santa Claus)
(movie, 1966)
···Ambush Bay
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Gunnery Sgt. Ernest Wartell)
(movie, 1966)
···L'arcidiavolo
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Adramalek)
(movie, 1965)
···Twenty-Four Hours to Kill
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Norman Jones)
(movie, 1964)
···The Secret Invasion
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Terence Scanlon - Demolition)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Ding 'Dingy' Bell)
(movie, 1962)
···Requiem for a Heavyweight
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Army)
(movie, 1961)
···Breakfast at Tiffany's
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Mr. Yunioshi)
(movie, 1960)
···Platinum High School
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Steven Conway)
(movie, 1959)
···The Big Operator
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Little Joe Braun)
(movie, 1959)
···The Last Mile
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as 'Killer' Mears)
(movie, 1957)
···Baby Face Nelson
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Role: Actor (as Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis)
(movie, 1956)
···Francis in the Haunted House
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as David Prescott)
(movie, 1955)
···The Twinkle in God's Eye
Genre: Comedy, Western
Role: Actor (as Rev. William Macklin II)
(movie, 1954)
···Drive a Crooked Road
Genre: Film-Noir, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Eddie Shannon)
(movie, 1954)
···The Atomic Kid
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry)
(movie, 1954)
···The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Role: Actor (as Mike Forney)
(movie, 1953)
···A Slight Case of Larceny
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Augustus 'Geechy' Cheevers)
(movie, 1953)
···Off Limits
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Herbert Tuttle)
(movie, 1951)
···My True Story
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1951)
···The Strip
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Music
Role: Actor (as Stanley Maxton)
(movie, 1950)
···Quicksand
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Dan)
(movie, 1950)
···The Fireball
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Johnny Casar)
(movie, 1949)
···The Big Wheel
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Billy Coy)
(movie, 1948)
···Summer Holiday
Genre: Musical
Role: Actor (as Richard Miller)
(movie, 1947)
···Killer McCoy
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Tommy McCoy · Killer McCoy)
(movie, 1946)
···Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andy Hardy)
(movie, 1944)
···Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
(movie, 1944)
···National Velvet
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Role: Actor (as Mi Taylor)
(movie, 1943)
···Girl Crazy
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Danny Churchill, Jr.)
(movie, 1943)
···The Human Comedy
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Homer Macauley)
(movie, 1942)
···Andy Hardy's Double Life
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andy Hardy)
(movie, 1942)
···The Courtship of Andy Hardy
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
(movie, 1941)
···Babes on Broadway
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tommy Williams)
(movie, 1941)
···Men of Boys Town
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Whitey Marsh)
(movie, 1940)
···Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
(movie, 1940)
···Strike Up the Band
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jimmy Connors)
(movie, 1940)
···Young Tom Edison
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Thomas Alva 'Tom' Edison)
(movie, 1939)
···Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andrew Hardy)
(movie, 1939)
···Judge Hardy and Son
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Huckleberry Finn)
(movie, 1939)
···The Hardys Ride High
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
(movie, 1938)
···Boys Town
Genre: Biography, Drama
Role: Actor (as Whitey Marsh)
(movie, 1938)
···Hold That Kiss
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Chick Evans)
(movie, 1938)
···Judge Hardy's Children
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
(movie, 1938)
···Lord Jeff
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Terry O'Mulvaney)
(movie, 1938)
···Love Finds Andy Hardy
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andrew Hardy)
(movie, 1938)
···Out West with the Hardys
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
(movie, 1937)
···A Family Affair
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Andy Hardy)
(movie, 1937)
···Hoosier Schoolboy
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Shockey Carter)
(movie, 1937)
···Slave Ship
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Swifty)
(movie, 1937)
···Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Timmie Donovan)
(movie, 1937)
···You're Only Young Once
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Andrew 'Andy' Hardy)
(movie, 1936)
···Little Lord Fauntleroy
Genre: Drama, Family
Role: Actor (as Dick)
(movie, 1936)
···Down the Stretch
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as 'Snapper' Sinclair, aka Fred St. Clair)
(movie, 1936)
···The Devil Is a Sissy
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as 'Gig' Stevens)
(movie, 1933)
···The Big Chance
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Arthur Wilson)