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Also Known As: Mickey Mcguire, Joseph Yule Jr., Mickey Mcguire Died: April 6, 2014
Born: September 23, 1920 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, musician, singer

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  My True Story (1951) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2000) Voice Of Sparky
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 First of May, The (1999) Boss Ed
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Milestones close milestones

1922:
First appeared onstage as part of his parents' vaudeville act
1927:
Starred as Mickey McGuire in over 50 installments of a two-reel comedy series
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"
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
1936:
Featured in the sentimental "Little Lord Fauntleroy" starring Freddie Bartholomew
1937:
Debuted as Andy Hardy in "A Family Affair"
1937:
First of ten films with Judy Garland, "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry"
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
1939:
Starred with Judy Garland in Busby Berkeley's "Babes in Arms"; earned first Oscar nomination
1940:
Re-teamed with Garland and Berkeley in "Strike Up the Band"
1941:
Third collaboration with Berkeley and Garland, "Babes on Broadway"
1943:
Received an Oscar nomination for his performance as a teenager who takes over as man of the house in "The Human Comedy"
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Did not appear in films for two years while serving in WWII
1946:
First postwar film, "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy"; the last installment of the series for 12 years
1948:
Played Lorenz Hart opposite Tom Drake's Richard Rodgers in "Words and Music"; final film with Garland
1948:
Starred as the older brother of the character he played in "Ah, Wilderness" (1935) in the musical adaptation "Summer Holiday"
1951:
Feature film directorial debut, "My True Story"
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Performed mostly supporting roles in A-budget films and leads in B's during the 1950s
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Starred in the NBC sitcom "The Mickey Rooney Show"
1956:
Gave a memorable performance in the World War II drama "The Bold and the Brave"; nominated for Oscar for his performance
1957:
Starred as the titular gangster in "Baby Face Nelson"
1958:
Made last Andy Hardy film, "Andy Hardy Comes Home"
1959:
Played a death row inmate in "The Last Mile"
1960:
Directed second feature film, "The Private Lives of Adam and Eve"
1961:
Gave a charmless performance as an Asian man taken with Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
1963:
Featured in the ensemble comedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
1979:
Co-starred in "The Black Stallion"; earned fourth Oscar nomination
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Played a retiree who enherits a luxury hotel in the sitcom "Mickey" (ABC)
1980:
Starred on Broadway, opposite Ann Miller, in the popular revue "Sugar Babies"; received a Tony nomination
1981:
Played Bill Sackler, a man faced with reassimilating to life outside a mental institution, in the fact-based CBS TV-movie "Bill"
1982:
Awarded second Honorary Oscar
1983:
Reprised title role in the CBS TV-movie sequel "Bill on His Own"
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Played Henry Dailey on the Family Channel series, "The Adventures of the Black Stallion"
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, <i>The Search for Sonny Skies</i>
1995:
Appeared in the Toronto production of "Crazy for You," a stage adaptation of his film "Girl Crazy"
2000:
Featured in the Disney Channel TV-movie "Phantom of the Megaplex"
2006:
Cast opposite Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"
2008:
Starred as Chief, a wise old ranch owner, in the independent family feature film "Lost Stallions: The Journey Home"
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Education

Hollywood High School: Los Angeles , California - 1938

Notes

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

Rooney underwent open heart surgery in December 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Norma Shearer. Actor. Rooney was still in his teens when they were romantically involved.
wife:
Ava Gardner. Actor. Married in 1942; divorced in 1943.
wife:
Betty Jane Rase. Married in 1944; divorced in 1949.
wife:
Martha Vickers. Actor. Married in 1949; divorced in 1951.
wife:
Elaine Mahnken. Married in 1952; divorced in 1958.
wife:
Barbara Thomason. Married from 1958 until her murder by a jealous lover in 1966.
wife:
Margie Lane. Married in 1966; divorced in 1967.
wife:
Carolyn Hockett. Married in 1969; divorced in 1974.
wife:
Jan Chamberlain. Singer, songwriter. Married in 1978.
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son:
Mickey Rooney Jr. Musician. Bass player with Willie Nelson's band; mother, Betty Jane Rase.
son:
Timothy Rooney. Actor. Mother, Betty Jane Rase.
son:
Theodore Rooney. Actor. Mother, Martha Vickers.
daughter:
Kelly Ann Rooney. Mother, Barbara Thomason.
daughter:
Kerry Rooney. Mother, Barbara Thomason.
son:
Kyle Rooney. Choreographer. Mother, Barbara Thomason.
daughter:
Kimmy Sue Rooney. Mother, Barbara Thomason.
son:
Jimmy Rooney. Adopted by Rooney; mother, Carolyn Hockett.
daughter:
Jonelle Rooney. Mother, Carolyn Hockett.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Me & You"
"Life is Too Short" Villard Books
"The Search for Sonny Skies"

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