Thursday, April 10, 2014


"If you stomped on Mickey Rooney, he'd probably turnaround and smile" The Kinks "Celluloid Heroes"

If you are wondering why I didn't post a link to an obit for Mickey Rooney, it is because everyone website and network newscast had a very good article or tribute to the career of Mickey Rooney. Instead some quick and interesting trivia about Mickey Rooney's career.

Mickey Rooney was the voice of Santa Claus in the Christmas specials Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, The Year Without Santa, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, and A Miser Brother's Christmas.

He turned down the role of The Penguin on Batman and Archie Bunker on All In the Family.

Sir Laurence Olivier and Marlon Brando both said he called him a great actor.

Mickey Rooney was the surviving Hollywood star featured in the Merry Melodies cartoon "Hollywood Steps Out" (above) and the Kinks song "Celluloid Heroes."

Mickey Rooney appeared in both The Twilight Zone ("The Last Night of a Jockey") and The Night Gallery ("Rare Objects"). He also stared in a Playhouse 90 production called The Comedian. All three were written by Rod Serling.

He played Nelson "Stubby" Stool in the Western comedy Evil Roy Slade.

He was a guest on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour the same night as The Who. Roger Daltrey claimed that after the famous explosion at the end of "My Generation," Mickey Rooney jumped up and down yelling "MORE! MORE! DO IT AGAIN, BOYS!"

Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. He was cast as Mickey McGuire in a series a movies based on Fontaine Fox's comic strip Toonerville Trolley (above). He chose to use the name Mickey McGuire as a stage name. He was billed in the credits as Mickey (Himself) McGuire. At one point, TBS ran these as part of Tom and Jerry and Friends. These were probably not shown on TV as much as the Our Gang comedies because most are silent and Mickey is usually seen smoking a cigar.

Here is a portion of one entitled "Mickey's Tent Show."

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