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Mickey Rooney: A long and remarkable career in film, TV (RIP, age 93)
Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/07/2014 | By Susan King

Posted on 04/07/2014 7:37:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

One of the last remaining stars of Hollywood's golden era, Mickey Rooney was born to vaudeville parents, and appeared with them onstage by the age of 1. He became a star when he was signed to play the part of comic book hero Mickey McGuire in a series of successful shorts that began in 1927 with "Mickey's Circus" and ended with "Mickey's Derby Day" in 1936. But it was at MGM in the 1930s that the diminutive dynamo hit real fame, particularly with the "Andy Hardy" movie series that launched in 1937.

While at MGM he earned Oscar nominations for best actor for 1939's "Babes in Arms" and 1943's "The Human Comedy." He also shared a juvenile 1939 Academy Award with Deanna Durbin.

His career declined after World War II, but he kept working, earning another Oscar nomination in 1956's "The Bold and the Brave" and again in 1979's "The Black Stallion." Rooney also found success on live TV in the 1950s and earned an Emmy in 1981 for the TV movie "Bill." Here's a look at some of Rooney's most memorable work in film and TV.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Rooney played Puck in Warner Bros. 1935 all-star production of Shakespeare's comedy, directed by famed European-born directors Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle. Midway through the production, Rooney had a tobogganing accident and broke his leg. His cast was disguised by foliage and even holes in the floor.

'A Family Affair'

MGM's popular franchise of "Andy Hardy" family comedies, which began with this film, proved a perfect match for the tireless Rooney. Shot on a shoestring budget in just 15 days, the film was a smash,

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TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: mickeyrooney; movies

1 posted on 04/07/2014 7:37:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't care what people say.... this is one of my favorite characters that he played ( even if it is not on that list ):


Go ahead, flame me...
2 posted on 04/07/2014 7:39:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: SeekAndFind

I do recommend the 1935 version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream although I didn’t particularly like Rooney’s version of Puck. But then I don’t think we’re supposed to like Puke. I did love James Cagney as Bottom. And the special affects were amazing for the time. So if you are like me and a bit OCD about Shakespeare, watch it. It’s as good as anything else that comes later.


3 posted on 04/07/2014 7:51:45 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Comedian John Pinette also died over the weekend. Malden boy. Too young.


4 posted on 04/07/2014 7:53:21 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Mercat
But then I don’t think we’re supposed to like Puke.

I know I don't.

5 posted on 04/07/2014 8:00:52 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is sad news. Another link to a saner world gone.


6 posted on 04/07/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a buddy who wrote GERALD, which starred Rooney. He said that each day, at the end of the shoot, Mickey would have him go to the Wendy’s drive through for ice cream. The teen girl working got to know Rooney through his charm and down to earth demeanor. She, of course, had no idea who this little old man was but fell in love with him. After the film wrapped, my buddy went back and gave her his autograph with a thank you note to her. I know that his heart must be hurting today.


7 posted on 04/07/2014 8:08:49 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The character, Chief Petty Officer Mike Forney, the helicopter pilot in the movie, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, is the one that comes to mind for me.
8 posted on 04/07/2014 8:11:36 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: SeekAndFind

He was brilliant in “Bill.” I actually knew the real Bill in Iowa City and Rooney nailed that character.


9 posted on 04/07/2014 8:11:55 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

I still remember the first movie I ever saw him in. 1957.

FRANCIS IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE.
Double feature with MA AND PA KETTLE ON OLD MCDONALD’S FARM.

Noel, MO movie house, years before it burned.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049229/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_167


10 posted on 04/07/2014 8:14:43 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Huskrrrr

Bill is the role I will most remember Rooney for.


11 posted on 04/07/2014 8:24:26 AM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: SeekAndFind

RIP


12 posted on 04/07/2014 8:25:50 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind
Rest in peace Mr. Rooney.

Stablemates (1938)

13 posted on 04/07/2014 8:27:59 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mickey Rooney was a big fan and friend of Ronald Reagan.


14 posted on 04/07/2014 8:28:18 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: SeekAndFind

That episode of Twilight Zone where he played the disgraced jockey is a good one.


15 posted on 04/07/2014 8:31:54 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe the last one of the old time Hollywood movie stars, I can’t imagine there’s many more left.


16 posted on 04/07/2014 8:39:39 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

Me and my wife met him when he came to a dragoncon a few years back for a few minutes at his table. Seemed like a nice fellow and was apparently enjoying himself.


17 posted on 04/07/2014 8:41:49 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Huskrrrr
I think my favorite would have been National Velvet. Weird he died on the day the Grand National Race was held.

BTW my brother was a professor at U of I, and knew Bill quite well too.

18 posted on 04/07/2014 8:49:53 AM PDT by mware
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll give the guy credit for his talent, but he was an arrogant prick.

Humility wasn’t part of his personality.


19 posted on 04/07/2014 9:01:34 AM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: skinndogNN

Sometimes there’s a reason why someone’s been married 8 times.


20 posted on 04/07/2014 9:16:01 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: SeekAndFind

I met him in a hotel lobby in Philadelphia. He was sitting on a couch as I walked by on my way to the office. I did a double-take and then approached him with my hand out to shake.

Maybe he was in a bad mood or maybe I approached with a little too much enthusiasm, but he waved me away and said “I’m waiting for someone.” It seemed rude and dismissive to me, but I’m sure celebrities get tired of dunces approaching them in public and intruding on their privacy.

Still, I would have expected a bit more grace.

In any case, that was the Mickey Rooney I knew, however briefly.


21 posted on 04/07/2014 9:21:38 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: SeekAndFind

The reason he gave as to why Rooney entered acting was so that he could provide for his mom.

That thinking might be why he was married 8 times.


22 posted on 04/07/2014 9:23:13 AM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: wally_bert

That’s great! Sounds like he was a really cool guy. I’ll have to try and watch NATIONAL VELVET. Never have seen it.


23 posted on 04/07/2014 9:40:14 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: skinndogNN

Well it probably explains his longevity in the business...perhaps to survive you have to be an arrogrant rick-with-a-p, because everyone else in the business is as well.


24 posted on 04/07/2014 9:41:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
Go ahead, flame me...

To each his own. I had to shut off the movie when that character appeared. I couldn't believe that there was a time when smart people apparently didn't think twice about that type of casting and portrayal.

But I don't want to speak ill of Mr. Rooney in general. He was a great actor.

25 posted on 04/07/2014 9:48:16 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Mercat

I think Rooney made a pretty good elf!


26 posted on 04/07/2014 9:57:29 AM PDT by Hiddigeigei ("Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish," said Dionysus - Euripides)
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To: Hiddigeigei

I loved the Andy Hardy movies.


27 posted on 04/07/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: freepertoo

And of course he was a huge radio star back when radio was it. He was great in the Andy Hardy radio dramas because he could act through his voice alone. Of course with film his moves and mugs were great.


28 posted on 04/07/2014 11:09:44 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney photo GarlandRooney.jpg
29 posted on 04/07/2014 11:12:33 AM PDT by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: .45 Long Colt

For me, it will always be Sugar Babies with Ann Miller.


30 posted on 04/07/2014 11:20:11 AM PDT by ShasheMac (Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10)
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To: SeekAndFind
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
31 posted on 04/07/2014 4:13:16 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

RIP, Mr. Rooney. I remember seeing that he attended President Reagan’s funeral. I think Rooney was a supporter of his.


32 posted on 04/07/2014 4:21:36 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s only a handful of people that was in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” left. RIP MR. You were great.


33 posted on 04/07/2014 6:11:08 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The first 10 minutes or so of “Tiffany's” is about my favorite 10 minutes of American film.After that,however,it deteriorates into a silly chick flick (IMO).I pass by the original Tiffany's pretty regularly and picture that cab and Audrey Hepburn every time.Yes,Mr Yunioshi was kinda silly but still very entertaining.
34 posted on 04/07/2014 7:56:16 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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