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Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances spanned nearly his entire lifetime.
He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel's The Adventures of the Black Stallion.
Upon his death in April 2014, along with Jean Darling, Carla Laemmle, and Baby Peggy, Rooney was one of the last surviving stars who worked in the silent film era. He was also the last surviving cast member of several films in which he appeared during the 1930s and 1940s.
Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr. in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. His father, Joe Yule (born Ninnian Joseph Ewell), was from Glasgow, Scotland, and his mother, Nellie W. (née Carter), was from Kansas City, Missouri. Both of his parents were in vaudeville, appearing in a Brooklyn production of A Gaiety Girl when Joseph, Jr. was born. He began performing at the age of 17 months as part of his parents' routine, wearing a specially tailored tuxedo.
When he was fourteen months old, unknown to everyone, he crawled onstage wearing overalls and a little harmonica around his neck. He sneezed and his father, Joe Sr., grabbed him up, introducing him to the audience as Sonny Yule. He felt the spotlight on him and has described it as his mother's womb. From that moment on, the stage was his home.
While Joe Sr. was traveling, Joe Jr. and his mother moved from Brooklyn to Kansas City to live with his aunt. While his mother was reading the entertainment newspaper, Nellie was interested in getting Hal Roach to approach her son to participate in the Our Gang series in Hollywood. Roach offered $5 a day to Joe, Jr., while the other young stars were paid five times more.
As he was getting bit parts in films, he was working with other established film stars such as Joel McCrea, Colleen Moore, Clark Gable, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Jean Harlow. While selling newspapers around the corner, he also entered into Hollywood Professional School, where he went to school with dozens of unfamiliar students such as: Joseph A. Wapner, Nanette Fabray, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, among many others, and later Hollywood High School, where he graduated in 1938.
Rooney was married eight times. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was often the subject of comedians' jokes for his alleged inability to stay married. At the time of his death, he was married to Jan Chamberlin, although they were then separated. He had a total of nine children, as well as 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
In 1942, he married future Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner, but the two were divorced well before she became a star in her own right. While stationed in the military in Alabama in 1944, Rooney met and married local beauty-queen Betty Jane Phillips. This marriage ended in divorce after he returned from Europe at the end of World War II. His subsequent marriages to Martha Vickers (1949) and Elaine Mahnken (1952) were also short-lived and ended in divorce. In 1958, Rooney married Barbara Ann Thomason (stage name Carolyn Mitchell), but tragedy struck when she was murdered in 1966. Falling into deep depression, he married Barbara's friend, Marge Lane, who helped him take care of his young children. The marriage lasted only 100 days. He was married to Carolyn Hockett from 1969 to 1974, but financial instability ended the relationship. Finally, in 1978, Rooney married Jan Chamberlin, his 8th wife. They both were outspoken advocates for veterans and animal rights. and Rooney was an outspoken advocate for veterans and senior rights.
After the deaths of his wife Barbara Ann Thomason and his mother, problems with alcohol and drugs, and various financial problems that included a bankruptcy, Rooney had a religious experience with a busboy in a casino coffee shop. In 1975, Rooney was an active member of the Church of Religious Science, a New Thought group founded by Ernest Holmes.
Rooney's oldest child, Mickey Rooney, Jr., is a born-again Christian, and has an evangelical ministry in Hemet, California. He and several of Rooney's other eight children have worked at various times in show business. One of them, actor Tim Rooney, died in 2006, aged 59.
On September 23, 2010, Rooney celebrated his 90th birthday at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in the Upper East Side of New York City. Among the people who were attending the party were: Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Nathan Lane and Tony Bennett.
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Ninian Joseph Yule Jr.
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Judy Garland (They were best friends until Judy died), Donna Reed, Ann Miller, Esther Williams, Gloria DeHaven, Ann Rutherford, Craig Reynolds, Alfred Vanderbilt Jr, Vic Damone, Alain Delon, Errol Flynn, Milton Berle, Henry Ford, Charlie Chaplin
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The Wizard Of Oz , Titanic 
Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland) 
Favorite TV Shows
The Judy Garland Show
Gone With The Wind (Margret Mitchell) 
Call Me Irresponsible (Frank Sinatra) , Puttin On The Ritz (Fred Astaire) 
Favorite TV Shows
The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, The Red Skelton Hour, The Twilight Zone
Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly
Margret Mitchell (Author)
Joseph Wapner, Nanette Fabray, Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Messner, Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Sidney Luft
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Claim to Fame
A Family Affair, National Velvet, Night At The Museum, The Fox And The Hound, The Black Stallion
Betty Grable, Judy Garland
Ninian Joseph Yule Sr.
Teddy Rooney (Son), Tim Rooney (Son), Mickey Rooney Jr. (Son), Jimmy Rooney (Son), Jonelle Rooney (Daughter)
Dick Van Dyke, Al Pacino, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Linda Darnell, Norma Shearer, Bill Mumy, Johnny Crawford, Susan Olsen, Adam Rich, Tony Dow, David Cassidy, Jerry Falwell, Elizabeth Taylor
Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American actor of film, television, Broadway, radio, and vaudeville. Beginning as a child actor, his career extended over 80 years, making him one of the most enduring performers in show business history. He appeared in more than 300 films and was one of the last surviving stars of the silent film era, having one of the longest careers in the medium's history.
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North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
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Natural Causes (choked on his own food )