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Mickey Rooney

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
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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
48% 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
No Score Yet Slave Ship
  • Actor
2013
40% Last Will and Embezzlement
  • Mickey Rooney
2012
96% 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
43% Night at the Museum
  • Gus
$249.3M 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 Primero de Mayo
  • Boss Ed
1999
No Score Yet Michael Kael contre la World News Company
  • Griffith
1998
No Score Yet Words and Music
  • Lorenz Hart
1998
No Score Yet Ángeles y Demonios
  • Tollkeeper
1998
62% Babe: Pig in the City
  • Fugly Floom
1998
No Score Yet Boys Will Be Boys
  • Wellington
1997
No Score Yet Killing Midnight
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood
  • 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
60% 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
69% 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
No Score Yet Rudolph and Frosty: Christmas in July
  • Santa
1979
No Score Yet The Magic of Lassie
  • Gus
1978
50% Pete's Dragon
  • Lampie
1977
No Score Yet The Domino Principle
  • Spiventa
1977
No Score Yet Rachel's Man
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet From Hong Kong With Love
  • 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
No Score Yet 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
67% Pulp
  • Preston Gilbert
1972
No Score Yet The Manipulator
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet The Night Digger (The Road Builder)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet 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
36% 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 Summer Holiday
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet The Secret Invasion
  • Terrence Scanlon
1964
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Ding Bell
1963
No Score Yet Judy Garland Christmas Show
  • Actor
1963
90% 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 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
78% 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
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 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
100% 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 Hardy's
  • Andy Hardy
1938
89% 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 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
93% Captains Courageous
  • Dan Troop
1937
No Score Yet A Family Affair
  • Andy Hardy
1937
No Score Yet Hoosier Schoolboy
  • Shockey Carter
1937
No Score Yet The Devil Is a Sissy
  • 'Gig' Stevens
1936
83% Little Lord Fauntleroy
  • Dick
1936
No Score Yet Riff-Raff
  • Jimmy
1936
No Score Yet Ah, Wilderness!
  • Tommy Miller
1935
89% A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Puck
1935
No Score Yet The Healer
  • Jimmy
1935
No Score Yet Reckless
  • Eddie
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
85% 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 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

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