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Monday, April 7, 2014

Remembering Mickey Rooney 1920 - 2014



Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday at age 93, appeared in many films, including Boys Town (1938), Babes in Arms (1939, Academy Award nomination), Strike Up the Band (1940), Babes on Broadway (1941), The Human Comedy (1943, Academy Award nomination), Girl Crazy (1943), National Velvet (1944), The Bold and the Brave (1956, Academy Award nomination), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), Skidoo (1968), Pete's Dragon (1977), The Black Stallion (1979, Academy Award nomination), Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum 3 (which will be released on December 19, 2014), and the Andy Hardy series (which included 16 movies from 1937 to 1958). He received a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1938 and an Honorary Academy Award in 1983.

His television credits include four series - The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan (1954-55), Mickey (1964-65), One of the Boys (1982) and The Adventures of the Black Stallion (1990-93) - as well as an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in the 1981 TV movie, Bill.  Rooney also appeared in two Broadway shows - Sugar Babies (1979), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, and The Will Rogers Follies (1993).  And he turned down the role of Archie Bunker in TV's All in the Family because he was worried about the public's reaction to the bigoted character.

Finally, the actor was married eight times, including a 1942-43 first marriage to actress Ava Gardner. And he once said, "Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted a whole day."

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Rooney's life and career:

Babes in Arms (1939) with Judy Garland.



Strike Up the Band (1940) with Judy Garland.



What's My Line? on May 5, 1957.



The Judy Garland Show on December 8, 1963.




The Hollywood Palace with guest host Sammy Davis Jr. on February 11, 1967.



The 34th Annual Tony Awards with Ann Miller on June 8, 1980.



A 1981 Dr. Pepper commercial with David Naughton.



An interview with Robert Osborne on TCM's Private Screenings on April 1, 1997.



An Emmy TV Legends interview for the Archive of American Television on July 24, 2001.

2 comments:

joel65913 said...

As always Marc a fine tribute, rather sad that so many have been required lately for those stars that have left us. The birthday ones like Doris Day's are much happier occasions.

I have to admit that Rooney wasn't a performer I had a high tolerance for. He had his talents but I usually found him irksome. Judy balanced him out but even in their films he was just too much, but when he tamped it down he could be affecting.

That clip with Ann Miller is quite entertaining, I have to say I was more impressed with Ann than him. Her wig is description defying and the makeup is as was her custom applied with a trowel but I didn't realize she could belt like that, her legs are beautiful and of course she moves like a gazelle.

As for the Mick, while I wasn't a huge fan a ninety year career is an impressive achievement. I had just read last week his first starring film, a short called Mickey's Circus that had been thought lost was discovered in an Australian film vault. Made in 1927 it's 87 years old!!!

Marc said...

Hey, Joel, I've never been a big Mickey Rooney fan either, but as you said, a 90-year career is an impressive achievement that deserves to be remembered and honored.