Fast Facts

  • Made his stage debut when he was 17 months old, as part of his parents' vaudeville act.
  • Starred in more than 50 Mickey McGuire comedy shorts. The character was based on a comic strip and Rooney was credited as Mickey McGuire at the time.
  • Took the last name Rooney from vaudevillian Pat Rooney in 1932.
  • In 1934, the year he signed with MGM, he made 12 films, including Manhattan Melodrama and Blind Date.
  • At 19, he became the first teenager nominated for an Oscar, for 1939's Babes in Arms.
  • Was the No. 1 U.S. box-office star from 1939 to '41.
  • Appeared in more than 200 films.
  • Earned four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Made headlines in 2011 when he testified before Congress on the issue of elder abuse, saying he had been victimized himself.

Awards

  • 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1938, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series: Winner
  • 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Nominee
  • 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1980, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
  • 1958, Emmy — Actor- Best Single Performance- Lead or Support: Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Winner
  • 1943, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1982, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jimmy Rooney — Son
  • Jonelle Rooney — Daughter
  • Marge Lane — Ex-wife
  • Barbara Ann Thomason — Wife (deceased)
  • Betty Jane Rase — Ex-wife
  • Joseph Yule Sr. — Father
  • Kelly Ann Rooney — Daughter
  • Kerry Yule Rooney — Daughter
  • Kimmy Sue Rooney — Daughter
  • Michael Rooney — Son
  • Mickey Rooney Jr. — Son
  • Tim Rooney — Son
  • Martha Vickers — Ex-wife
  • Teddy Rooney — Son
  • Ava Gardner — Ex-wife
  • Carolyn Hockett — Ex-wife
  • Elaine Devry — Ex-wife
  • Jan Rooney — Wife
  • Nell Carter Yule — Mother

Details

  • Birth Name: Joseph Yule Jr.
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Birthday: September 23, 1920, Virgo
  • Died: April 6, 2014
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer
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