Mickey Rooney

Actor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In his one-hour Archive interview, Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) describes breaking into the business as a child actor and how his name got changed from "Joe Yule" to "Mickey Rooney." He recalls his work in the "Mickey McGuire" film shorts and discusses meeting Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, and Judy Garland. He talks about his appearances on Texaco Star Theater and The Jack Paar Program, and outlines his dramatic television work in the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian" and Alcoa Theater's "Eddie." He also speaks of his Emmy-winning performance in the television movie Bill. Dan Pasternack conducted the interview in Westlake Village, CA on July 24, 2001.

"They ask me when I'm going to retire. I'm not going to retire. I inspire."

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Mickey Rooney on starring in the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"
Mickey Rooney on starring in The Alcoa Theater episode "Eddie"
Mickey Rooney on his work in the "Andy Hardy" movies
Mickey Rooney on appearing on the premiere episode of The Judy Garland Show
Mickey Rooney on his Emmy-winning performance in the TV movie Bill and the sequel
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences; on his start in show business; on his work in the "Mickey McGuire" film shorts; on Walt Disney and how he believes Mickey Mouse got his name; on meeting Charlie Chaplin
On his work in the "Andy Hardy" movies; on making movies with Judy Garland; on his early memories of television
On his appearances on the Playhouse 90 episodes "The Comedian" and the Alcoa Theater episode "Eddie"; on working in live television

Chapter 2

On the sitcom Mickey; on appearing on The Judy Garland Show and walking off The Jack Paar Program; on late-night programs
On his Emmy-winning role in the TV movie Bill; on appearing in the TV series One of the Boys; on his voiceover work and memorable guest appearances
On his then-current work; on advice to aspiring actors; on people with whom he worked throughout his career
Shows

Alcoa Hour, The

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Mickey Rooney on starring in The Alcoa Theater episode "Eddie"

Bill

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Mickey Rooney on his Emmy-winning performance in the TV movie Bill and the sequel

Jack Paar Program, The (1962-65)

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Mickey Rooney on appearing on The Jack Paar Program and walking off

Judy Garland Show, The

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Mickey Rooney on appearing on the premiere episode of The Judy Garland Show

Mickey Rooney Show, The

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Mickey Rooney on starring in TV's The Mickey Rooney Show

Playhouse 90

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Mickey Rooney on starring in the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"
Mickey Rooney on working in live television on the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"

Playhouse 90: "The Comedian"

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Mickey Rooney on starring in the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"
Mickey Rooney on working in live television on the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"

Rawhide

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Mickey Rooney on appearing on Rawhide

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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Mickey Rooney on not being invited back on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
Topics

Advice

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Mickey Rooney on advice to aspiring actors

Television Industry

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Mickey Rooney on how television has changed over the years
Mickey Rooney on advice to aspiring actors
Professions

Actor

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Mickey Rooney on how acting for television differs for acting for film or the stage
Mickey Rooney on his acting style and preferences

Performers

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Mickey Rooney on how acting for television differs for acting for film or the stage
Mickey Rooney on his acting style and preferences
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

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Mickey Rooney on starring in the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"
People

Red Buttons

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Mickey Rooney on working with Red Buttons

Sid Caesar

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Mickey Rooney on working with Sid Caesar

Charlie Chaplin

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Mickey Rooney on acting with Charlie Chaplin

Perry Como

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Mickey Rooney on working with Perry Como

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Mickey Rooney on working with Sammy Davis, Jr.

Walt Disney

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Mickey Rooney on how Mickey Mouse got his name

John Frankenheimer

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Mickey Rooney on starring in the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"

Judy Garland

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Mickey Rooney on making movies with Judy Garland
Mickey Rooney on appearing on the premiere episode of The Judy Garland Show

Martin Manulis

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Mickey Rooney on working with Martin Manulis on the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian"

Jack Paar

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Mickey Rooney on appearing on The Jack Paar Program and walking off

Burt Reynolds

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Mickey Rooney on working with Burt Reynolds

Rod Serling

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Mickey Rooney on working with Rod Serling

Elizabeth Taylor

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Mickey Rooney on working with Elizabeth Taylor

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