Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

  • Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July (1979)
  • Birthday: Sep 23, 1920
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • A versatile American screen actor and former juvenile star who made up in energy what he lacked in height, Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920, in Brooklyn, NY. The son of vaudevillians, Rooney first became a part of the family act when he was 15-months-old, and was eventually on-stage singing, dancing, mimicking, and telling jokes. He debuted onscreen at the age of six in the silent short Not to Be Trusted (1926), playing a cigar-smoking midget. His next film was the feature-length Orchids and Ermine (1927). Over the next six years, he starred in more than 50 two-reel comedies as Mickey McGuire (a name he legally adopted), a series based upon a popular comic strip, "Toonerville Folks." In 1932, he changed his name to "Mickey" Rooney when he began to appear in small roles in feature films. He was signed by MGM in 1934 and gave one of the most memorable juvenile performances in film history as Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). A turning point in Rooney's career came with his 1937 appearance as Andy Hardy, the wise-cracking son of a small-town judge, in the B-movie A Family Affair. The film proved to be such a success that it led to a string of 15 more Andy Hardy pictures over the next twenty years. The films were sentimental light comedies that celebrated small-town domestic contentment and simple pleasures, and the character became the one with which the actor became most identified. Rooney went on to a memorable role in Boys Town (1938) and several high-energy musicals with Judy Garland. Added to his Andy Hardy work, these performances caused his popularity to skyrocket, and, by 1939, he was America's biggest box-office attraction. Rooney was awarded a special Oscar (along with Deanna Durbin) in 1939 for his "significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and, as a juvenile player, setting a high standard of ability and achievement." His popularity peaked in the early '40s with his appearances in such films as The Human Comedy (1943) and National Velvet (1944), the latter with a young Elizabeth Taylor. After his World War II service and subsequent military discharge, however, his drawing power as a star decreased dramatically, and was never recovered; suddenly he seemed only acceptable as a juvenile, not a grown man. In the late '40s Rooney formed his own production company, but it was a financial disaster and he went broke. To pay off his debts, he was obliged to take a number of low-quality roles. By the mid-'50s, though, he had reinvented himself as an adult character actor, starring in a number of good films, including the title role in Baby Face Nelson (1957). Rooney continued to perform in both film, television, stage, and even dinner theater productions over the next four decades, and debuted on Broadway in 1979 with Sugar Babies. Although his screen work was relatively erratic during the '90s, he managed to lend his talents to diverse fare, appearing in both Babe: Pig in the City (1998) and the independent Animals (And the Tollkeeper) (1997). In 2006 Rooney was back on the big screen in the comedy hit A Night at the Museum, with a slew of subsequent roles on low-budget fare preceding an appearance in 2011's The Muppets. That same year, Rooney made headlines when he testified before Congress on the issue of elder abuse, and revealing himself as one of many seniors who had been victimized as a result of their age. Rooney continued working until his death in 2014 at age 93.During the course of his career, Rooney received two Best Actor and two Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations, the last of which for his work in 1979's The Black Stallion. He also won a Golden Globe for the 1981 TV movie Bill. In 1983, while undergoing a well-publicized conversion to Christianity, he was awarded a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar "in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances." Rooney published his autobiography, L

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Actor 2015
47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Gus $81.6M 2014
No Score Yet The Godmothers Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Soldiers' Stories Actor 2014
40% Last Will and Embezzlement Mickey Rooney 2012
95% The Muppets Himself $88.7M 2011
No Score Yet When the World Breaks Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond Actor 2009
No Score Yet Gerald Doctor 2009
No Score Yet A Miser Brothers' Christmas Santa Claus 2008
No Score Yet Lost Stallions: The Journey Home Chief 2008
No Score Yet A Christmas Too Many Actor 2007
42% Night at the Museum Gus $249.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Happy Elf Santa 2006
No Score Yet To Kill a Mockumentary Max 2006
No Score Yet The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams David McCord 2005
No Score Yet Judy Garland - Judy Duets Actor 2005
No Score Yet A Christmas Too Many Grandpa 2005
No Score Yet Illusion Infinity Simon/Henry Sr. 2004
42% The Fighting Temptations Actor $30.3M 2003
No Score Yet Andy Hardy Meets Debutante Andrew "Andy" Hardy 2001
No Score Yet Alone. Life Wastes Andy Hardy Actor 2001
45% Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Sparky 2000
No Score Yet Phantom of the Megaplex Movie Mason 2000
No Score Yet The First of May Boss Ed 1999
No Score Yet Michael Kael contre la World News Company Griffith 1998
No Score Yet Ángeles y Demonios Tollkeeper 1998
64% Babe: Pig in the City Fugly Floom 1998
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys Wellington 1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
No Score Yet Killing Midnight Actor 1997
No Score Yet Brothers' Destiny Father Flanagan 1996
100% That's Entertainment! III Host 1994
No Score Yet Outlaws: The Legend of O.B. Taggart Actor Screenwriter 1994
No Score Yet Plane Fear Grandpa 1994
No Score Yet Maximum Force Chief of Police 1992
No Score Yet The Legend of Wolf Mountain Jensen 1992
No Score Yet Mgm Story: When The Lion Roars Actor 1992
No Score Yet Sweet Justice Zeke (uncredited) 1992
No Score Yet Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Flip 1992
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw The Director 1991
No Score Yet Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toymaker Joe Petto 1991
33% My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Junior 1991
No Score Yet Mickey Rooney on Acting Instructor 1991
No Score Yet The Black Stallion Henry Dailey 1990
No Score Yet Home for Christmas Elmer 1990
47% Erik the Viking Erik's Grandfather 1989
No Score Yet Spencer Tracy Legacy Actor 1987
No Score Yet Lightning---The White Stallion Barney Ingram 1986
No Score Yet Little Spies Actor 1986
50% The Care Bears Movie Mr. Cherrywood 1985
No Score Yet It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Mike Halligan 1984
No Score Yet Bill: On His Own Bill 1983
No Score Yet The Emperor Of Peru Actor 1982
No Score Yet Odyssey of the Pacific Emperor of Peru 1982
No Score Yet Hollywood's Children Actor 1982
No Score Yet Senior Trip Himself 1981
No Score Yet Bill Bill Sackter 1981
70% The Fox and the Hound Fox 1981
No Score Yet Leave 'em Laughing Jack Thum 1981
No Score Yet Arabian Adventure Daad El Shur 1979
89% The Black Stallion Henry Dailey 1979
20% Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July Santa 1979
No Score Yet The Magic of Lassie Gus 1978
54% Pete's Dragon Lampie 1977
No Score Yet The Domino Principle Spiventa 1977
No Score Yet Rachel's Man Actor 1977
No Score Yet Bons Baisers de Hong Kong Marty 1975
No Score Yet Rachel's Man Actor 1975
No Score Yet Find the Lady Trigger 1975
No Score Yet Hooray for Hollywood Narrator 1975
No Score Yet Journey Back to Oz Scarecrow 1974
90% The Year Without a Santa Claus Santa Claus 1974
No Score Yet Convict Women Gas Station Attendant 1974
100% That's Entertainment Narrator 1973
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Nelson L. Stool 1972
75% Pulp Preston Gilbert 1972
No Score Yet The Manipulator Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Night Digger (The Road Builder) Actor 1971
93% Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Kris Kringle 1970
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Indian Tom 1970
No Score Yet The Comic Martin 'Cockeye' Van Buren 1969
42% Skidoo `Blue Chips' Packard 1968
No Score Yet Ambush Bay Gunnery Sgt. Ernest Wartell 1966
No Score Yet Twenty-Four Hours to Kill Norman Jones 1966
No Score Yet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Peachy Keane 1965
No Score Yet The Secret Invasion Terrence Scanlon 1964
69% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Ding Bell 1963
No Score Yet Judy Garland Christmas Show Actor 1963
92% Requiem for a Heavyweight Army 1962
No Score Yet Everything's Ducky Beetle McKay 1961
88% Breakfast at Tiffany's Yunioshi 1961
No Score Yet King of the Roaring Twenties Johnny Burke 1961
No Score Yet Platinum High School Steven Conway 1960
No Score Yet Andy Hardy Comes Home Andrew 'Andy' Hardy 1958
No Score Yet Operation Mad Ball M/Sgt. Yancy Skibo 1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis 1957
No Score Yet Comedian Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Bold and the Brave Dooley 1956
No Score Yet Francis in the Haunted House David Prescott 1956
No Score Yet Drive a Crooked Road Eddie Shannon 1954
80% The Bridges at Toko-Ri Mike Forney 1954
No Score Yet Atomic Kid Producer Barnaby 'Blix' Waterberry 1954
No Score Yet Sound Off Mike Donnelly 1952
No Score Yet The Strip Stanley Maxton 1951
No Score Yet Golden Age of TV Dramas Actor 1951
No Score Yet My Outlaw Brother J. Dennis 'Denny' O'Moore 1951
No Score Yet The Fireball Johnny Casar 1950
No Score Yet Quicksand (1950) Daniel 'Dan' Brady 1950
No Score Yet The Big Wheel Billy Coy 1949
No Score Yet The Sun Comes Up Cleaver 1949
20% Words and Music Lorenz Hart 1948
100% Force of Evil Boy 1948
No Score Yet Summer Holiday Richard Miller 1948
No Score Yet Killer McCoy Tommy McCoy / Killer McCoy 1947
No Score Yet The Son of Rusty Gerald Hebble 1947
No Score Yet Love Laughs at Andy Hardy Andy HArdy 1946
100% National Velvet Mi Taylor 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Fatso 1944
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Andy Hardy 1944
No Score Yet Girl Crazy Danny Churchill Jr. 1943
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Guest Star 1943
80% The Human Comedy Homer Macauley 1943
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Double Life Andy Hardy 1942
No Score Yet The Courtship of Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1942
No Score Yet A Yank At Eton Actor 1942
No Score Yet Men of Boys Town Whitey Marsh 1941
No Score Yet Babes on Broadway Tommy 'Tom' Williams 1941
No Score Yet Life Begins for Andy Hardy Andy 1941
No Score Yet Andy Hardy's Private Secretary Andy Hardy 1941
No Score Yet Young Tom Edison Tom Edison 1940
No Score Yet Strike Up the Band Jimmy Connors 1940
No Score Yet Judge Hardy and Son Andrew 'Andy' Hardy 1939
83% Babes in Arms Mickey Moran 1939
No Score Yet Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever Andy Hardy 1939
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Huckleberry Finn 1939
No Score Yet The Hardys Ride High Andy Hardy 1939
No Score Yet Out West with the Hardys Andy Hardy 1938
90% Boys Town Whitey Marsh 1938
No Score Yet Love Finds Andy Hardy Andy Hardy 1938
No Score Yet Lord Jeff Terry O'Mulvaney 1938
No Score Yet Hold That Kiss Chick Evans 1938
No Score Yet Judge Hardy's Children Andrew 'Andy' Hardy 1938
No Score Yet Love is a Headache Mike O'Toole 1938
No Score Yet Stablemates Mickey 1938
No Score Yet You're Only Young Once Andy Hardy 1937
No Score Yet Thoroughbreds Don't Cry Timmie Donovan 1937
No Score Yet Live, Love and Learn Jerry Crump 1937
94% Captains Courageous Dan Troop 1937
No Score Yet A Family Affair Andy Hardy 1937
No Score Yet Slave Ship Swifty 1937
No Score Yet Hoosier Schoolboy Shockey Carter 1937
No Score Yet The Devil Is a Sissy 'Gig' Stevens 1936
88% Little Lord Fauntleroy Dick 1936
No Score Yet Riffraff Jimmy 1936
No Score Yet Ah, Wilderness! Tommy Miller 1935
91% A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck 1935
No Score Yet The Healer Jimmy 1935
No Score Yet Reckless Eddie 1935
No Score Yet The County Chairman Freckles 1935
No Score Yet Chained Boy Swimmer 1934
No Score Yet Hideout Willie 1934
No Score Yet Blind Date (Her Sacrifice) Freddie Taylor 1934
No Score Yet The Lost Jungle Mickey 1934
80% Manhattan Melodrama Blackie as a boy 1934
No Score Yet Upper World Jerry 1934
No Score Yet The World Changes Young Otto Peterson 1933
No Score Yet The Big Chance Arthur Wilson 1933
No Score Yet Life of Jimmy Dolan Freckles (uncredited) 1933
No Score Yet The Chief Willie 1933
No Score Yet Broadway to Hollywood Ted the Third, as a Child 1933
No Score Yet Officer 13 Buddy Malone 1933
No Score Yet The Beast of the City Mickey Fitzpatrick 1932
No Score Yet Emma Bit Part 1932
No Score Yet My Pal, the King Charles V 1932
No Score Yet Orchids and Ermine Bit Part 1927

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Safe Harbor
1999
Art
  • 1999
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Dr. George Bikel
  • 1998
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1995
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
Store Owner Mr. Dreghorn
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest
  • 1988
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Kingpin Hood
  • 1972
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Guest
  • 1966
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Wanderer
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Grady
  • 1963
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000

QUOTES FROM Mickey Rooney CHARACTERS

Danny Churchill Jr.
You know; I think you're one of the most beautiful girls I ever saw!
Mr. Yunioshi
Miss Gorightry!
Dan Brady auto mechanic
I don't get it, why do you want to help me? When things were going good all I ever did was give you the runaround - now that I'm in a jam..., why don't you get smart and stay away from me?
Dan Brady auto mechanic
I don't get it, why do you want to help me? When things were going good all I ever did was give you the runaround - now that I'm in a jam... why don't you get smart and stay away from me?
Helen
I've been away from you too long - and it isn't any good! Don't you think that I know that I'm dumb to throw myself at a guy that doesn't want me?; don't you think I know I'm a fool to wait at a street corner for an hour just waiting for you to come out of a door? I know all that; but I can't help it. I fell in love with you the first time I saw you, Dan.
Helen
I've been away from you too long - and it isn't any good! Don't you think that I know that I'm dumb to throw myself at a guy that doesn't want me?; don't you think I know I'm a fool to wait at a street corner for an hour just waiting for you to come out of a door? I know all that; but I can't help it. I fell in love with you the first time I saw you, Dan.
Dan Brady auto mechanic
I'll drive you home.
Vera Novak cafe cashier
Give me a nickel, Danny. I'll show you how to beat this game. [After less than a minute at a pinball machine, Dan is highly impressed.] One ball. Hey Nick, pay me! I hit the jackpot.
Nick Dramoshag Penny Arcade Owner
Here. [Nick gives Vera a couple dollars as a prize - then puts up an 'Out of Order" sign.] That's all for you.
Dan Brady auto mechanic
Hey, wait a minute. [Dan flips the sign back out of sight.] Go ahead honey, play it as much as you want.
Vera Novak cafe cashier
Take it easy, Danny; I can handle Nick myself. I used to work here, didn't I Nick?
Nick Dramoshag Penny Arcade Owner
[mumbling] yeah. you come back, huh?
Vera Novak cafe cashier
[referencing a mink coat by running her fingers along the lapel of her own plain coat.] It's still in the window, Nick, just like yesterday.
Nick Dramoshag Penny Arcade Owner
You crazy? - what do you think I am; a millionaire?
Dan Brady auto mechanic
What's going on here?
Vera Novak cafe cashier
Oh let's skip it. [taking Dan by the arm] Let's have our pictures taken. C'mon. See you later, Nick.
Dan Brady auto mechanic
[Honking car horn off camera as Vera comes out of diner. She turns and slowly walks several feet his way.] Taxi, lady?
Vera Novak cafe cashier
Where's your meter?
Dan Brady auto mechanic
I'll figure out the fare as we go along. [He chuckles]
Vera Novak cafe cashier
You might over-charge me.
Dan Brady auto mechanic
I might at that. Hop in honey. [She opens the convertible's door and sits next to Dan.] Where'd you like to go.
Vera Novak cafe cashier
Let's go downtown, window shopping.
Dan Brady auto mechanic
ahhh, how boring can you get.
Vera Novak cafe cashier
[with a smirk] Well, that's what I want to do. We can do, uhh, something else, later.
Dan Brady auto mechanic
You have a deal, Honey.
Ding Bell
We're never gonna get anywhere if we keep listening to this old bag.
Tod
Copper, you're my very best friend.
Copper
And you're mine too, Tod.
Mickey Rooney
Gosh, if it can happen to Mickey Rooney, it happens to anybody
Mickey Rooney
Gosh, if it can happen to Mickey Rooney, it happens to anybody.
Mr. Yunioshi
Miss Gorightry!
Gus
Instructions; you start with 1... 2... 3...
Gus
Instructions. You start with One. Two. Three...
Larry Daley
4?
Larry Daley
Four?
Teddy Roosevelt
Are you crackin' wise? I oughta punch you in the nose, Hopscotch.
Gus
He looks like a weirdy!