Mickey Rooney Overview:

Legendary actor, Mickey Rooney, was born Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. on Sep 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY. Rooney died at the age of 93 on Apr 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA .

MINI BIO:

Dynamic, rather light-haired, pocket-sized American star, in films from childhood, after a stage debut at two in his parents' vaudeville act. Rooney could sing, dance, play piano and drums, and act in such an engagingly chirpy way that he was soon the favorite of millions. After a career in comedy shorts from the late twenties he joined MGM and, whether making The Hardy Family series or teenswing musicals with Judy Garland, became the world's number one box-office star for three years from 1939. After war service his star exploded, but he clawed his way back with some gritty acting performances, and popped up in featured roles. Special Oscars 1938 and 1983. Nominated for Academy Awards in Babes in Arms, The Human Comedy, The Bold and the Brave and The Black Stallion. Nine times married. First wife (1942-1943) was Ava Gardner, third (1949-1951) Martha Vickers. Emmy for TV movie Bill in 1981.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Rooney was nominated for four Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award. However he won two Honorary Oscar Awards in 1938 and 1982 , in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1939Best ActorBabes in Arms (1939)Mickey MoranNominated
1943Best ActorThe Human Comedy (1943)Homer MacauleyNominated
1956Best Supporting ActorThe Bold and the Brave (1956)DooleyNominated
1979Best Supporting ActorThe Black Stallion (1979)Henry DaileyNominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1938Special Award(with Deanna Durbin) for their significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as juvenile players setting a high standard of ability and achievement.
1982Honorary Award, in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances

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He was honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures, Radio and Television. Mickey Rooney's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #47 on Oct 18, 1938.

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was one of the hardest working men in Hollywood; he made 400 movies in a career spanning 89 years! Hollywood’s most popular star during ?the 1940s Rooney was a man people described as effortlessly charming and “grosser than he was cute.” A life of bad investments, mul... Read full article


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on Apr 4, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

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Mickey Rooney Quotes:

Air traffic control tower staffer: If you can, give us your position. Who is flying the plane?
Ding Bell: [Benji is at the controls] What do you mean "who's flying the plane"? Nobody's flying the plane!


Daniel 'Dan' Brady: Now, wait a minute! Don't holler 'til you hurt!


Peachy Keane: Well, dear, we'll put this on the train to Atlanta and see if it whistles Dixie!


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Mickey's son Teddy Rooney appeared with him in Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958), portraying - who else? - Andy Hardy Jr.

Chris Aber, his step-son, has worked with Mickey for 30 years as his personal assistant.

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