Comedy and acting has been around since the foundation of the world. Nothing builds up a human being however low they are like entertainment. For that reason, many kingdoms and government have their own special ways of building up the comedy industry among their people. Mickey Rooney is a great prove that entertainment is an ancient thing. In this article, we will look at Mickey Rooney’s biography net worth in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Mickey Rooney’s official names are Joseph Yule Jr. and he was born on 23rd September 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. Rooney was the only child of Joe Yule from Glasgow, Scotland and Vaudevillians Nellie W. Carter a native of Kansas City Missouri. His mum was a burlesque performer and a former chorus girl. When he was born, both his parents were appearing in “A Gaiety Girl” which was a Brooklyn production. According to Rooney, he started acting when he was 17 months only.
Rooney was one special guy who got into eight good marriages six of them ending in divorce. In 1942, he got into his first marriage with actress Ava Gardner who was still working as an obscure teenage starlet. The following year, they divorced partly because Rooney was apparently unfaithful. While stationed in the military, he met and married Betty Jane in Alabama in 1944. The two were blessed with two sons but their marriage ended in divorce.
He later got married in 1949 to actress Martha Vickers and they produced one son but their marriage ended after three years in 1951. In 1952, he married Elaine Mahnken, their marriage lasted for six years ending with a divorce in 1958. After the divorce, he married Barbara Ann Thomason but she died in 1966 after Rooney’s secret lover planned her death.
He later married Marge Lane who was Barbara’s best friend but, their marriage lasted for only 100 days and they separated. He then married Carolyn Hockett for six years between 1969 and 1975. After their divorce, he separated and married Jan Chamberlin who became his last wife. Their marriage lasted for 34 years (1978 – 2012).
Career, Awards & Nominations
Rooney made his first film appearance in 1926 when he was six years old only in the film “Short Not to be Trusted”. He later appeared in a number of other films in 1932 and 1933 films like; “The Life of Jimmy Dolan”, “The Beast of the City, among many others. Between 1927 and 1936, he acted as Mickey McGuire in a number of short films. In 1937, he played the role of Andy Hardy.
Since 1937, Rooney has appeared in so many films some of which include; Babes in Arms, Hoosier Schoolboy, Young Tom Edison, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, National Velvet, The Human Comedy, and Words and Music among others. He received a number of awards during his career some of which include; World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal among others.
Net Worth & Earnings
Although Mickey Rooney was a highly paid actor during his time, he died a poor man with a net worth of $20 thousand only. This is because, he was unable to manage his finances and he also lost a lot of money due to his addiction in gambling.
Mickey Rooney struggled with drugs at some time in his life but he was eventually able to get over it with time. He died on 6th April 2014 at the age of 93 years making him one of the oldest actors at the time.