About Mickey Rooney
Ninnian Joseph Yule Jr. (September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014), best known as Mickey Rooney, was an American actor, producer, radio entertainer and vaudevillian. In a career spanning nine decades and continuing until his death, he appeared in more than 300 films, and was among the last surviving stars of the silent-film era. He was the top box-office attraction from 1939 to 1941, and one of the best-paid actors of that era.
At the height of a career marked by declines and comebacks, Rooney performed the role of Andy Hardy in a series of 16 films in the 1930s and 1940s that epitomized mainstream America’s self-image. At the peak of his career between ages 15 and 25, he made 43 films, and was one of MGM’s most consistently successful actors. A versatile performer, he became a celebrated character actor later in his career. Drafted into the military during World War II, Rooney served nearly two years entertaining over two million troops on stage and radio, and was awarded a Bronze Star for performing in combat zones.
Returning in 1945, he was too old for juvenile roles, but too short for most adult roles, and was unable to get as many starring roles. However, numerous low-budget, but critically well-received films noir had Rooney playing the lead during this period and the 1950s. Rooney’s popularity was renewed with well-received supporting roles in films such as ‘The Bold and the Brave’, ‘Requiem for a Heavyweight’, ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’, ‘Pete’s Dragon’, and ‘The Black Stallion’. Learn More…