Mickey Rooney, Jr.

(1920 - present)

A photo of Mickey Rooney, Jr.
Mickey Rooney,
1920 - living
Born
September 23, 1920
Brooklyn, New York United States
Death
April 6, 2014
Westlake Village, California United States
Other Names
Joseph Yule Jr
Summary
Mickey Rooney, Jr. was born on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He was born to Nell Pankey.
Updated: July 23, 2019
2 Followers
ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM
Mickey Rooney
Born September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died April 6, 2014 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (natural causes)
Birth Name Joseph Yule Jr.
Nicknames The Mick
The Mickster
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. It was in this popular film series that he took the stage name Mickey Rooney. Rooney reached new heights in 1937 with A Family Affair, the film that introduced the country to Andy Hardy, the popular all-American teenager. This beloved character appeared in nearly 20 films and helped make Rooney the top star at the box office in 1939, 1940 and 1941. Rooney also proved himself an excellent dramatic actor as a delinquent in Boys Town (1938) starring Spencer Tracy. In 1938, he was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award. Teaming up with Judy Garland, Rooney also appeared in a string of musicals, including Babes in Arms (1939) the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role, Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), and Girl Crazy (1943). He and Garland immediately became best of friends. "We weren't just a team, we were magic," Rooney once said. During that time he also appeared with Elizabeth Taylor in the now classic National Velvet (1944). Rooney joined the service that same year, where he helped to entertain the troops and worked on the American Armed Forces Network. He returned to Hollywood after 21 months in Love Laughs at Andy Hardy (1946), did a remake of a Robert Taylor film, The Crowd Roars (1932) called Killer McCoy (1947) and portrayed composer Lorenz Hart in Words and Music (1948). He also appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. Rooney played Hepburn's Japanese neighbor, Mr. Yunioshi. A sign of the times, Rooney played the part for comic relief which he later regretted feeling the role was offensive. He once again showed his incredible range in the dramatic role of a boxing trainer with Anthony Quinn and Jackie Gleason in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). In the late 1960s and 1970s Rooney showed audiences and critics alike why he was one of Hollywood's most enduring stars. He gave an impressive performance in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film The Black Stallion (1979), which brought him an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He also turned to the stage in 1979 in Sugar Babies with Ann Miller, and was nominated for a Tony Award. During that time he also portrayed the Wizard in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with Eartha Kitt at New York's Madison Square Garden, which also had a successful run nationally.
Rooney's personal life, including his frequent trips to the altar, has proved to be just as epic as his on-screen performances. His first wife was one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, actress Ava Gardner. Mickey permanently separated from his eighth wife Jan in June of 2012. Rooney requested through the Superior Court to permanently reside with his son Mark Rooney, who is a musician and Marks wife Charlene, an artist, in the Hollywood Hills. He legally separated from his eighth wife in June of 2012. Ironically, after eight failed marriages he never looked or felt better and finally found happiness and peace in the single life. Mickey, Mark and Charlene focused on health, happiness and creative endeavors and it showed. Mickey Rooney had once again landed on his feet reminding us that he was a survivor. Rooney died on April 6th 2014. He was taking his afternoon nap and never woke. One week before his death Mark and Charlene surprised him by reunited him with a long lost love, the racetrack. He was ecstatic to be back after decades and ran into his old friends Mel Brooks and Dick Van Patten.
Spouse (8)
Jan Rooney (28 July 1978 - 6 April 2014) ( his death)
Carolyn Hockett (27 May 1969 - 24 January 1975) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Margaret Lane (10 September 1966 - 14 December 1967) ( divorced)
Carolyn Mitchell (1 December 1958 - 31 January 1966) ( her death) ( 4 children)
Elaine Devry (18 November 1952 - 18 May 1958) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Martha Vickers (3 June 1949 - 25 September 1952) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
B.J. Baker (30 September 1944 - 3 June 1949) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Ava Gardner (10 January 1942 - 21 May 1943) ( divorced)
Father of Tim Rooney and Mickey Rooney Jr., from his marriage to Betty Jane Rase (B.J. Baker).
Father of Jonelle Rooney (born January 11, 1970) from his marriage to Carolyn Hockett. He also adopted Carolyn's son from a previous marriage, Jimmy Rooney (born 1966).
Was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Sugar Babies."
With a film career that lasted from 1926 to 2015, he has the longest career in cinema history, surpassing Lillian Gish. Rooney's 339 film credits span ten decades: 1920s-2010s. Laemmle's 17 film credits include a break from 1939 to 2010 (except for a video short in 2001).
Father of Kelly Ann Rooney (born September 13, 1959), Kerry Yule Rooney (born December 30, 1960), Michael Rooney (VI) (born April 2, 1962) and Kimmy Sue Rooney (born September 13, 1963), from his marriage to Carolyn Mitchell.
At age 19 became the first teenager to be Oscar-nominated in a leading role for Babes in Arms (1939). His first of eight marriages was to Ava Gardner but his marriage to Jan Rooney was longer than those of all his other seven wives combined. Had 19 grandchildren, including Shannon Rooney and Dominique Rooney by his son Timothy Rooney, and several great-grandchildren among whom Kaitlyn Rooney and Hunter Rooney.
He was most proud of his film The Black Stallion (1979).
With the death of James Stewart on July 2, 1997, Rooney was the last surviving entertainer of the 46 caricatured in Hollywood Steps Out (1941).
His hobbies included listening to music, football, golfing, dancing, horse racing, painting, getting together with old friends and watching classic movies.
Graduated from Hollywood High School in 1938.
His future The New Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990) co-star, Richard Ian Cox, was a childhood movie hero of his.
Began his career as a contract player for MGM in 1934.
Was an animal rights activist.
He chose to permanently reside with stepson Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene Rooney.
Release of his autobiography, "Life is too Short". [1991]
He has been quoted as saying he was proud of President Barack Obama and his policies.
Mickey Rooney had passed away on April 6, 2014, just four months before Robin Williams committed suicide. They both starred in the movie: Night at the Museum (2006) and its sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014).
His third son, Teddy Rooney, died on July 2, 2016, at age 66, just two years after the death of his father.
Interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.
When he passed away in 2014, at the age of 93, he had at least three future projects that he was going to perform in.
When he died his eight surviving children said in a statement that they were barred from seeing Rooney during his final years.

Show & Tell His Story
Share your memories, family stories, & photos so that Mickey is always remembered.
Biography
Mickey Rooney, Jr.
Most commonly known name
Mickey Rooney, Jr.
Full name
Joseph Yule Jr
Nickname(s) or aliases
Male
Gender
Mickey Rooney, was born on in Brooklyn, New York United States
Birth
Mickey Rooney, was born on in Brooklyn, New York United States
Birth
Heritage
Childhood
Adulthood

Professions

Rooney appeared in four television series': The Mickey Rooney Show (1954) (1954-1955), a comedy sit-com in 1964 with Sammee Tong called Mickey, One of the Boys in 1982 with Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane, and The New Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990) from 1990-1993. In 1981, Rooney won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a mentally challenged man in Bill (1981). The critical acclaim continued to flow for the veteran performer, with Rooney receiving an honorary Academy Award "in recognition of his 60 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances". More recently he has appeared in such films as Night at the Museum (2006) with Ben Stiller and The Muppets (2011) with Amy Adams and Jason Segel.

Military Service

During World War II he served 22 months in the U.S. Army, five of them with the Third Army of Gen. George S. Patton. He attained the rank of sergeant and won a Bronze Star, among other decorations.

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Looking for a different Mickey Rooney,?
View other bios of people named Mickey Rooney

Leave a comment to ask questions, share information, or simply to show that you care about Mickey.

Mickey Rooney, Jr. is reported by the community as alive. If he has since passed, contribute to his obituary and include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during Mickey's lifetime.

In 1920, in the year that Mickey Rooney, Jr. was born, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1934, at the age of just 14 years old, Mickey was alive when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1940, when he was 20 years old, on July 27th, the cartoon character Bugs Bunny debuted in his first film A Wild Hare - voiced by Mel Blanc. He has since appeared in more short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials than any other cartoon character. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "What's up, Doc?"

In 1958, at the age of 38 years old, Mickey was alive when on January 31st, Explorer I, the United States' answer to Sputnik I (and 2,) was launched. America had entered the Space Race. The first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt, it remained in orbit until 1970.

In 1972, when he was 52 years old, on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

Other Mickey Rooneys

Bio
Jul 3, 1945 - Unknown 1945 - ?

Other Rooneys

Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Sep 27 - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Jul 3, 1945 - Unknown 1945 - ?

Other Bios

Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Aug 14, 1972 - Mar 17, 1998 1972 - 1998
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Bio
Aug 26, 1976 - Unknown 1976 - ?
Bio
Unknown - Unknown ? - ?
Life in the 1940s
From World War 2 through the declaration of peace and into the birth of the Baby Boomers, life in the 1940s wasn't easy. B...
Korean War 1950-53
Many of our fathers and grandfathers fought in Korea - the war with no beginning or end. Although called the Korean War, C...
Old-Time Music Bands
The Boy Scouts, Civil War units, all girls bands, fiddlers, and Army and Post Office bands - even a band from the 1900's w...
Created on Jun 04, 2020 by Daniel Pinna
"Thank you for helping me find my family & friends again so many years after I lost them. I get the chance to remember them all this time later."

Highlights of just a few of the many successes of sharing memories on AncientFaces. From reuniting lost or 'orphan' photos with their families, seeing faces of relatives for the first time, to the many connections made with family & friends.

These special moments are why it's important we share.
Back to Top