Mickey Rooney

Legendary film actor, Mickey Rooney, has died at age 93. The height of his fame was the 30s and 40s, when he starred in many MGM movies, including the Andy Hardy series, and movie musicals with a young Judy Garland. Via Variety:

As adept at comedy as drama and an excellent singer and dancer, Rooney was regarded as the consummate entertainer. During a prolific career on stage and screen that spanned eight decades (“I’ve been working all my life, but it seems longer,” he once said), he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars, the Juvenile Award in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin) and one in 1983 for his body of work.

He also appeared on series and TV and in made for television movies, one of which, “Bill,” the touching story of a mentally challenged man, won him an Emmy. He was Emmy nominated three other times. And for “Sugar Babies,” a musical revue in which he starred with Ann Miller, he was nominated for a Tony in 1980.

Rooney was married 8 times, and had 9 children! Some of his last films included, Night at the Museum in 2006 and The Muppets in 2011.

Judy Garland & Mickey Rooney: MGM musical comedy sketch

From Judy’s early 60s TV series.

 
  • girlygirl

    I’m a classic movie buff and when I was a kid I saw a lot of the Andy Hardy movies and the musicals he did. He was always a ball of energy in those films. But I think my favorite film of his was The Human Comedy or maybe Young Tom Edison.

    #RIP

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Me too, girlygirl! There was a point when he was the biggest box office draw in the world, and I think that was when he was still just a teenager. I don’t think we’ll ever know if he had a happy life. I’m pretty sure the studio system he grew up in did a lot of damage to the stars it created. But, he was definitely born to be an entertainer, so I hope he knew that he did just that and brought a lot of pleasure to billions of people.

  • overthetop1

    National Velvet. And Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • Incipit

    One of those Hollywood Lists is one name shorter – the Surviving Actors Who Worked in the Silent Film Era – and the lengthy WIKI of Mickey Rooney (assumed) is one event longer tonight. I hope to see some memorials and eulogies written about him in the next few days; he had the kind of career that’s worth noticing.

    From the early “Hey kids, let’s put on a show” formula – to Andy Hardy on one side of the spectrum and Shakespeare’s Puck on the other – he created some memorable characters who will be remembered.

    For me, when I think of Mickey Rooney, there are so many connections – I guess it’s mostly Andy Hardy, but it could also be Puck, which character fit him curiously well all his life – - – and so I’ll borrow this epigram from the sundial at the Temple Court gardens because it fits the moment, and the disembodied discussion style of this medium: “Shadows we are, and like shadows we depart.” RIP.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The man was an incredible entertainer and actor. R.I.P.

  • Ronnie D

    I will always remember him in his role in Pete’s Dragon when I was a kid. He is one of the last of the greats. He had a long run for sure, at 93!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XfLb1U_j1A

  • Tess Herself

    One of the great blessings about having lived for a heck of a lot of years is that you experience a lot of things that youth only knows as “history”. The days of black and white TV and the movies of the 30s and 40s that were a Saturday afternoon staple will forever hold a place in my heart. I feel fortunate that I know who Mickey is/was and that his history is tied up with mine…and that a lot of his work in films formed the value system that I still hold dear. Best line ever “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” (Boys Town).

    Part of my youth gone….but the memories will always be there. Rest in peace Andy Hardy.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Boys Town. One of my favorite movies from that era, co-starring the legendary Spencer Tracy:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Am2XJ-DUt4

  • Kariann Hart

    What a lasting talent and quite the character. Thanks for the memories, Mickey. RIP.

  • LA944

    I’m another big classic movie fan. I watch TCM probably more than any other channel. When I was a kid–they played the musicals on a station out of DC. I always watched them. Of course, when TCM came around–I was mesmerized by so many of the films.

    Mickey Rooney was one of the most multi-talented performers of the classic film era or any era for that matter. He was a wonderful dancer, singer, actor (adept at both comedy & drama). He also played instruments. could do impressions–just about anything. Clark Gable once said that Mickey Rooney had no equal in the talent dept.

    Imagine being on stage since age 2. What a fascinating life he led. Although, I’m sure a lot of it was pretty tough going. I think his height helped him to play the “Andy Hardy” type role longer than if he had been taller. But, as he got older his height worked against him as far as playing leading men.

    As other have commented–he was a character. So much energy. I remember seeing Robert Osborne interview him on TCM. Osborne does a great job doing those interviews–but Mickey was all over the place. And he had to be in his late 80s or so at the time.

    My fondest memories of him will always be the films with Judy Garland. “Lets put on a show”. I guess that’s what they are doing right now <3

  • LA944
  • Larc

    I like what Billy Crystal said about Mickey: “He was a tremendous talent – someone who was five feet tall, and everybody looked up to him.”

    When he played the real-life Bill Sackter in the 1981 TV movie Bill, it was some of the finest and most memorable acting I ever saw.

    RIP, Mickey Rooney.

  • gem2477

    RIP Mickey

  • nyc57

    I grow up watching those Andy Hardy movies late at night.He always seemed forever young.Never seemed to lose his incredible energy.My mother saw him in Sugar Babies and was so delighted that he ran off the stage and sat on her lap.

  • lkingcorn

    Mickey Rooney was truly a Hollywood icon. He continued acting way into his 80s. Didn’t do too bad in the marriage department either, marrying Ava Gardner as his first wife. Rip Mickey. I’m sure AMC will be showing many of his films.