Mickey Rooney died in his Los Angeles home on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93. His career as an entertainer goes as far back as silent movies. He had been married 8 times and fathered 9 children.
In his autobiography, Life Is Too Short, he said, “Had I been brighter, the ladies been gentler, the liquor weaker, the gods kinder, the dice hotter — it might have all ended up in a one-sentence story.”
Mickey Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr. in Brooklyn, New York. His father, born Ninnian Joseph Ewell, renamed as Joseph Yule, was from Glasgow, Scotland. His mother, Nellie W. (née Carter), was from Kansas City, Missouri. Both of his parents were vaudeville entertainers. When Joseph, Jr. was born, it was inevitable that he would also become an entertainer. He began performing at the age of 17 months as part of his parents’ routine, wearing a tailored tuxedo. After his parents divorced he continued in entertainment with his mother guiding the childhood career. She renamed him Mickey after playing the role of “Mickey McGuire” in a series of short films. She wasn’t allowed to use the entire name and settled on the last name of Rooney.
Of all the Hollywood entertainers that come to mind, he was probably one of few people who could do everything, act in serious roles, comedy, sing, dance and do all if it equally well.
Over the course of greater than 8 decades he worked with some of the best. One of those successful collaborations was with another absolutely incredible entertainer, Judy Garland.
̲̲̲͡͡ R.I.P. Mickey Rooney.