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Mickey Rooney Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Yule Jr.
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, singer, dancer

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

  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: winner
  • 1979Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1964Golden Globe-Actor in a Television Series: winner
  • 1959Emmy-Best Single Performance by an Actor: nominated
  • 1959Emmy-Best Single Performance by an Actor: nominated
  • 1956Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1943Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1939Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated

Relationships