Mickey Rooney - From Vaudeville to Our Hearts

Mickey Rooney

Studio publicity portrait of Mickey Rooney.

You've got to recognize, there will never be another you. It has nothing to do with ego; it happens to be the truth. There will never be another person the same. There'll never be another you. There'll never be another me . . . - Mickey Rooney

Yesterday we lost an icon of film and television and it is only now that I come to realize how truly amazing the late great Mickey Rooney was. It is only now I realize what varied and interesting life this man led; that he started acting during the vaudeville  era with his parents in the early 1920's at less than two years old.

However, many of you may only recognize Mickey Rooney from his most recent parts in films like Night at the Museum (2006) or The Muppets (2011), but his work stretches back into a cornucopia of great film and television. Feel free to peruse the vast amounts of work this man did. I did after spending a half hour on the Wikipedia page detailing the life and times of Mickey Rooney and I thought I might share some of the things I took away from the reading that left me missing a unique man I never knew.

Mickey Rooney was actually born Joseph Yule, Jr. in 1920.

He started performing at only 17 months old in his parents vaudeville acts.

His mother suggested the stage name Mickey Looney, but Joseph decided on Rooney.

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were very close friends.

He served in the United States Army during World War II

He was married 8 times throughout his life.

He was reprising his role as 'Gus' in the upcoming third Night at the Museum.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jan Chamberlain, as well as eight surviving children, two stepchildren, nineteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

I don't regret anything I've ever done. I only wish I could have done more. - Mickey Rooney

Don't we all. Here's to you, sir.

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