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I was born September 23 1920 in Brooklyn NY.

I was named after my father Ninian Joseph Yule Jr.

Joe was a "top banana" in Burlesque and was born in Scotland.

My mother, Nell Carter, was a chorus girl from Kansas City.

We left Brooklyn two days after I was born for life on the road

with the burlesque circuit.I started on stage when I was 1 ½ years old and have

been working ever since. I was billed as Sonny Yule.

My parents were divorced and I moved with my mother to


When I was 5 years old I made my first movie. It was a

Fox silent movie called "Not to Be Trusted". I

played a midget.

After that I made 78 short films called "The Mickey McGuire Comedies".

The producer's changed my name to Mickey "Himself" McGuire. The

short films were a big success and were in direct competition to

the "Our Gang" comedies. Unfortunately, the producers weren't paying

the creator of the character of Mickey McGuire. He sued the producers

and me. I was forced to change my name and could longer be Mickey McGuire.

So I became Mickey Rooney.





The thirties were an exciting decade.I made 54 movies in the 30's and I landed a

contract with MGM. In 1934 the great German Director Max Reinhart cast me as Puck in "A Midsummer Night"s

Dream" at the Hollywood Bowl. I later did the Movie for Warner Brothers Studio with Jimmy Cagney.

I also became the state of California's Table Tennis Champion. At an exhibition match, I was spotted by a talent scout from MGM and got a contract at that great studio.

One of the first pictures I did for Metro was "Manhattan Melodrama". I played Clark Gable as a boy.

The film became notorious as the last picture seen by gangster John Dillinger. He was shot after seeing the movie at the Biograph Theater in Chicago with the infamous "Lady in Red".

In 1937 I did my first Movie with "Judy Garland" "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry". Things got very busy after that. I would do "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and"Boys Town" with

"Spencer Tracy". That picture Won 2 Academy Awards: Best Actor in a leading Role (Spencer Tracy) and Best Writing (Dory Schary), it was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

But it was a "B" picture in 1937 that changed my life forever. "A Family Affair" starred Lionel Barrymore

and introduced audiences to a character named "Andy HardY'. I would do 18 more Andy Hardy pictures and their popularity would make me the number 1 box office star of the world for 3 years in a row!

1939 is best remembered as Hollywood's Golden Year. The classic films released that year included "The Wizard of Oz", "Gone With The Wind", "Wuthering Heights" "Mister Smith Goes To Washington" and "Goodbye Mr. Chips". I remember it for other reasons.

It was in 1939 that I received my first "Academy Award". It was a special Juvenile Award for personifying "Youth in Film".


That year, Arthur Freed teamed me with Judy Garland again. It was the first of the "Mickey and Judy Musicals" "Babes In Arms". It was based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Rogers and Hart. The picture was nominated for Best Picture and Best Music. The Academy Award nominations

for Best Actor that year were Robert Donat (for "Goodbye Mr. Chips"), Clark Gable (for "Gone With The Wind"), Laurence Olivier (for "Wuthering Heights"), Jimmy Stewart (for "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington") and me for this picture. It was the FIRST time a child was nominated with adults. Although many

considered me the favorite to win, the Award went to Robert Donat.



What a decade. I was the number one box office star of the world. I made over 20 movies in the 40's with 2 "Academy Award" nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 1940 the nomination was for "Babes In Arms" and in 1944for "The Human Comedy". "The Human Comedy" was written

by William Saroyan and introduced a new Actor to the screen my friend Robert Mitchum. It Won the "Oscar" for Best Writing and nominations for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White and Best Picture. I also made "Young Tom Edison", "National Velvet" with "Elizabeth Taylor" 5 more "Mickey and Judy" Musicals including "Strike Up The Band", "Girl Crazy" and "Babes on Broadway".

In 1941, I met a young starlet and fell in love. Her name was Ava Gardner. It was going to last forever.

It lasted two years. But there were more important thingsfor me to do. With America's involvement in World War II, the studios saw many of their top talents drafted and sent to war. Metro thought I was too valuable and wanted to give me a saline shot and get me listed 4F for high blood pressure. I wouldn't do it. I enlisted. I went off to War for WWII as a private and came back a Sergeant with the Bronze Star.

I did my basic training at Fort Riley Kansas. When I was shipped to Birmingham, Alabama I met and married Miss Alabama, Betty Jane Rase. We would have two children.


I was shipped out to Europe and became part of a unit headed by Josh Logan, who would become a famous director. The outfit was to provide entertainment to the troops. The troops at the front line! There were three men in each unit and we were known as the Jeep Shows. In my jeep wasMario Pierone (who played the accordian), Bob Priester (who sang) and me (I was the emcee and told jokes and did imitations). We were attached to various armies and always were at the front. One of my friends in the unit

was Red Buttons. With Red, I attended the opening of the trials in Nuremburg.

When I got home I went back to the studio to work. The work I was getting wasn't rewarding and so I took a big step and bought out my contract with the studio. I could now pick and choose my own projects.

One of the last things I did as a "contract player" with Metro was a biographical film of the lyricist Lorenz Hart. The picture was called "Words and Music". It was the last film I made with Judy.





During the 50s I starred in 24 films. For my work in the picture "The Bold and the Brave" I received an Academy Award Nomination for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role". I also was a co-composer of the music for the film. Among the other films that I did during this era were "The Bridges at Toko-Ri" with "William Holden, Grace Kelly and Fredric March", "Operation Mad Ball" with "Jack Lemmon", "The Last Mile" with "Howard W. Koch and "Andy Hardy Comes Home".

"Andy Hardy Comes Home" was the Last of the "Andy Hardy" movies. My son, Timmy played my son in the picture. I also wrote 5 songs in the picture

"Unkwinit", "Lazy Summer Night", "The Octavians" and "U Gotta Soda".

In 1950 I made "The Fireball". It was about the roller derby great Johnny Cazar. It featured a cameo appearance by a new startlet named

Marilyn Monroe. We had met a party thrown by Ray Anthony. I introduced her to my agent and the rest is history.

I ventured into prodcing in the 50s and created the comedy classic "The Atomic Kid".

There was new medium in the 50s, television. Unlike many Hollywood actors I delved into it. I am happy to have been a part of television's golden age. I had a series on NBC for two seasons 54-55, it was called "Hey Mulligan" and "The Mickey Rooney Show". But I was drawn to the dramatic live TV shows. This lead to my receiving two Emmy Award nominations back to back. In 1957 I appeared on the popular show "Playhouse 90". The episode was called "The Comedian". I played Sammy Hogarth a blowhard of a guy who was a hit comic on TV. It was written by Rod Serling, directed by John Frankenheimer and starred Mel Torme as my brother. In 1958 it was nominated by the Emmys as "Best Program of the Year", "Best Director" for John, "Best Writer" for Rod and I received the "Best Actor" nomination. Although I didn't win John, Rod and the show did.

The very next year I appeared on "The Alcoa Theatre" in an Episode called "Eddie". In 1959 I was honored to receive and win a "Best Actor" Emmy for my work on that show. It was a great way to end the decade.




I did more than 33 TV shows and 16 Feature Films, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with "Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Buddy Epson" "Everything's Ducky" "Buddy Hackett, Jackie Cooper" "Requiem for a Heavyweight" "Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Julie Harris and Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali)"

"It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" " Ambush Bay" "Vienna" with "Orson Welles" TV credits: "Raw Hide" with" Clint Eastwood" "The Fugitive" "Combat!" "The Lucille Ball Show" "The Carol Burnett Show" "The Dean Martin Show" "The Judy Garland Show" "The Andy Williams Show" "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" "The Twilight Zone" playing Grady, episode "The Last Night of a Jockey



16 Movies 1 "Oscar"nomination AGAIN for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" in "The Black Stallion" "Francis Ford Coppola , executive producer" "Pete's Dragon" with "Red Buttons" "Pulp" with Michael Caine" "Find the Lady" with "John Candy" "The Domino Principle" "Gene Hackman and Candice Bergen" "Lassie Come Home" with "James Stewart" "Arabian Adventure" with "Christopher Lee" " Over 12 TV shows I was "Kris Kringle" in "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" with "Fred Astaire" "Santa Claus" in "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July" "Santa Claus" in " The Year Without a Santa Claus"

Stage: "Sugar Babies" on the way to Broadway Baby!

I married my 8th and LAST wife "Jan Chamberlin"



On April 11th 1983 "Bob Hope" presented me with the "Honorary Oscar" for "exceptional distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding services to the Academy."

These were also the years of "Sugar Babies" on "Broadway" and "Tony Awards"

I received an "Emmy Award" for "Bill" Costarring" "Dennis Quaid " and an "Emmy" nomination for "Bill on His Own" with "Helen Hunt"

"Fox and the Hound" with "Kurt Russell" "Erik the Viking" with "Tim Robbins, John Cleese and Terry Jones"


"Outlaws, The Legend of OB Taggart" with "Randy Travis, Ben Johnson, Larry Gatlin, Ernest Borgnine, Ned Beatty, Christopher Aber-Rooney , Gloria DeHaven and Billy Barty" I wrote and stared it this one. "Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland" "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" "Scott Glenn , Ben Johnson and Gary Busey" "Animals" with "Tim Roth , John Turturro and Rod Steiger" and "Babe: Pig in the City" with "James Cromwell" "Donald O'Connor" and I started 1990 with a tour of "Neal Simon's" "The Sunshine Boys" I did a "One Man, One Wife Show" with Jan and I also played "The Wizard" in "The Wizard of Oz" national tour, "Crazy For You" in Toronto Canada "Sugar Babies" in Vegas and "Will Rogers Follies" on "Broadway"


2000 +


" Walt Disney Pictures" I was "Sparky (Junkyard Dog)"

in "Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure" with "Scott Wolf and Alyssa Milano "and I am currently Touring with my wife "Jan Rooney" doing a Big show called "Jan & Mickey Rooney's","Let's Put On A Show "

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1920's Mickey's Big Idea
  1926 Not to Be Trusted
1927 Orchids and Ermine (uncredited)
1932 Sin's Pay Day
  1932 High Speed
1932 The Beast of the City (uncredited)
1932 Fast Companions
1932 My Pal, the King
1932 Emma
  1933 Officer Thirteen (uncredited)
1933 Love Birds
1933 The Chief
1933 The Big Chance
1933 The Big Cage
1933 The Life of Jimmy Dolan
1933 Broadway to Hollywood
1933 The World Changes
1934 Upperworld
1934 Hide-out
  1934 Half a Sinner
1934 Death on the Diamond
1934 Blind Date
1934 Beloved (uncredited)
1934 The Lost Jungle
1934 I Like It That Way
1934 Manhattan Melodrama
1934 Chained (uncredited)
1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (uncredited)
1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream
  1935 The County Chairman
1935 Ah, Wilderness!
1935 Reckless
1935 Little Pal
1936 Riffraff
1936 Little Lord Fauntleroy
1936 Down the Stretch
1936 The Devil Is a Sissy
1937 Thoroughbreds Don't Cry
  1937 Slave Ship
1937 A Family Affair
1937 Cinema Circus
1937 Captains Courageous
1937 Hoosier Schoolboy
1937 Live, Love and Learn
1938 You're Only Young Once
1938 Stablemates
1938 Love Is a Headache
1938 Hollywood Handicap (uncredited)
  1938 Hold That Kiss
1938 Andy Hardy's Dilemma
1938 Lord Jeff
1938 Love Finds Andy Hardy
1938 Boys Town
1938 Out West with the Hardy's
1938 Judge Hardy's Children
1939 Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever
1939 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
1939 Babes in Arms
  1939 Judge Hardy and Son
1939 The Hardy's Ride High
1940 Young Tom Edison
  1940 Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
1940 Strike Up the Band
1940 Rodeo Dough
1941 Life Begins for Andy Hardy
1941 Babes on Broadway
1941 Men of Boys Town
1941 Andy Hardy's Private Sectetary
1942 A Yank at Eton
1942 The Courtship of Andy Hardy
1942 Andy Hardy's Double Life
  1943 Thousands Cheer
1943 Show Business at War
1943 The Human Comedy
1943 Girl Crazy
1944 National Velvet
1944 Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
1946 Love Laughs at Andy Hardy
1947 Killer McCoy
1948 Words and Music
1948 Summer Holiday
  1949 The Big Wheel
1950 He's a Cockeyed Wonder
  1950 The Fireball
1950 Quicksand
1951 The Strip
1951 My Outlaw Brother
1952 Sound Off
1953 A Slight Case of Larceny
1953 Mickey Rooney, Then and Now
1953 All Ashore
1953 Off Limits
1954 Drive a Crooked Road
  1954 The Bridges at Toko-Ri
1954 "The Mickey Rooney Show" (TV series)
1954 The Atomic Kid
1955 The Twinkle in God's Eye
1956 Magnificent Roughnecks
1956 Francis in the Haunted House
1956 The Bold and the Brave
1957 Pinocchio (TV)
1957 The Comedian (TV)
  1957 Baby Face Nelson
1957 Operation Mad Ball
1958 Glamorous Hollywood
1958 Andy Hardy Comes Home
1958 A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed
1959 The Big Operator
1959 The Last Mile
1960 Platinum High School
  1961 The Private Lives of Adam and Eve
1961 King of the Roaring 20's - The Story of Arnold Rothstein
1961 Everything's Ducky
1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's
  1962 Requiem for a Heavyweight
1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
1964 The Secret Invasion
1964 "Mickey" (TV Series)
1965 Twenty-Four Hours to Kill
1965 How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
1966 Arcidiavolo, L'
1966 Ambush Bay
1968 Skidoo
1969 The Extraordinary Seaman
  1969 The Comic
1969 80 Steps to Johah
1970 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (TV)
  1970 Hollywood Blue
1970 Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County
  1971 The Manipulator
1971 Journey Back to Oz
1971 Evil Roy Slade (TV)
1972 Richard
1972 Pulp
1973 The Godmothers
1973 "NBC Follies" (TV Series)
1974 The Year Without a Santa Claus (TV)
1974 Thunder County
  1974 Rachel's Man
1974 Juego sucio en Panam?
1974 Ace of Hearts
1974 That's Entertainment!
1975 Bons baisers de Hond Kong
1976 Find the Lady
1977 The Domino Principle
1977 Pete's Dragon
1978 The Magic of Lassie
1979 Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (TV)
  1979 Donovan's Kid (TV)
1979 The Black Stallion
1979 Arabian Adventure
1980 My Kidnapper, My Love (TV)
  1981 The Emperor of Peru
1981 Leave 'em Laughing (TV)
1981 The Fox and the Hound (voice)
1981 Bill (TV)
1981 Senior Trip (TV)
  1982 "One of the Boys" (TV Series)
1983 Bill: On His Own (TV)
1984 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (TV)
1985 That's Dancing! (archive footage)
1985 The Care Bears Movie (voice)
1986 The Return of Micky Spillane's Mike Hammer (TV)
1986 Little Spies (TV)
1986 Lightning, the White Stallion
1986 There Must Be a Pony (TV)
1988 Bluegrass (TV)
  1989 Erik the Viking
1990 Home for Christmas
  1990 "The Black Stallion" (TV Series)
1991 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
1991 Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV)
  1992 La Vida lactea
1992 Sweet Justice
1992 Silent Night, Deadly Night 5: The Toy Maker
1992 Maximum Force
1992 Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (voice)
1992 The Legend of Wolf Mountain
1994 Revenge of the Red Baron
1994 Radop Star - die AFN - Story
1994 Making Waves
  1994 The Legend of O.B. Taggart
1994 A Century of Cinema
1994 That's Entertainment! III
1995 Brothers' Destiny (TV)
1996-7 Kleo the Misfit Unicorn (TV-voice)
1997 Kings of the Court (TV)
  1997 Boys Will Be Boys
1997 Animals
1998 The Face on the Barroom Floor
1998 Michael Kael in Katango
1998 Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights
  1998 Babe: Pig in the City
1999 The First of May
  2000 Phantom of the Megaplex
2001 Lady & The Tramp II - Scamp's Adventure
2001 The Black Stallion/The Black Stallion Returns