Sunday, April 06, 2014

Mickey Rooney, RIP

"Babes In Arms" (1940); Rooney was 19 when the picture was made.

From the trades.

Mickey Rooney, the famed actor and father of nine, has died at 93 years of age, TMZ reported late Sunday night.

The actor won an Emmy and an honorary Oscar in a storied career that included his own television shows and appearances in films such as “Breakfast at Tiffany's” and “It's a Mad, Mad World.”

Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr. in Brooklyn, N.Y. His parents, Joseph Yule and the former Nellie Carter, were vaudeville performers who working in a production of “A Gaeity Girl” when he was born on Sept. 23, 1920. He wore a specially tailored tuxedo when he began performing with his parents at the age of 17 months.

Rooney was one terrific actor. Whatever a director wanted, Mickey Rooney could give it to him.

He was in show biz almost from birth. In the late thirties and early forties, Mickey was a box office powerhouse making five or more features per year. In 1939, he was the #1 star in the U.S. Also in 1940 and 1941. (Tyrone Power and Clark Gable, take that!)

On top of the silent comedies, the feature films and large numbers of television episodes, Mr. Rooney did voice work for animated cartoons, including The Care Bears Movie and The Fox and the Hound. However many marriages he hurried through, no matter how tumultuous his personal life might have been, he was always the consummate professional.


Dan Siciliano said...

Aww, I'll always remember Mickey Rooney. From his stop-motion portrayal of Santa Claus to his underrated performance in "Pete's Dragon". Even though he'd been married A LOT, when you told Kathy Zielinski about one his marriages, Steve, he'll still be a jolly, good fellow to me.

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