April 7, 2014, - 8:46 am

Mickey Rooney, Great American Patriot – a Dinosaur in Hollywood, RIP

By Debbie Schlussel

When I was a kid, on Sunday mornings and afternoons, Mickey Rooney’s “Andy Hardy” movies were among the only viewing choices on TV (that was before cable). I found the movies boring, but my parents told me about Rooney and who he was, how he’d entertained Americans for decades, and was a patriotic actor. And that’s how I’ll remember Rooney, born Joseph Yule Jr., who died yesterday at 93. He was among the last of the patriotic, pro-American actors in Hollywood. And he proudly enlisted and served during World War II.


Yes, it’s true that, personally, Rooney, was married 8 times and had eleven kids. It’s also true that he had gambling and drug addictions, and filed for bankruptcy. He also testified before Congress that he suffered elder abuse at the hands of one of his stepchildren, who bullied him and spent his money.

But I won’t remember him for those things. I’ll remember Rooney as the diminutive actor whose career spanned from silent film to big feature films, who entertained Americans during the Depression and World War II and gave them a couple of hours distraction from everything that was going on.

At one time, he was America’s most popular actor, proving that being short in height can’t prevent you from success. And I’ll remember that not only did he enlist during World War II, but entertained our troops even after his tour of duty was over. He earned the Bronze Star when it meant something more than it does now, and he also earned several other medals for his World War II service. He was a patriot. Can you imagine that wuss Brad Pitt doing any of this? PUH-LEEZE. Rooney was the Brad Pitt of his day, and he didn’t preach BS about being “green” while jetsetting between a gazillion international mansions on his private plane like the Jolie-Pitt-Jolies do.

Mickey Rooney, Rest In Peace.


Mickey Rooney Entertains the Troops During WWII

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18 Responses

“Can you imagine that wuss Brad Pitt doing any of this?”

Brad Pitt is a jackass.

DS_ROCKS! on April 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

R.I.P. Mickey! I loved watching him.

Canadian Steve on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

Yes, Mickey Rooney was certainly one of the last great actors left in Hollywood. Soon there will be no one of their kind left from the golden age of Hollywood. I remember reading that he was a big fan of Ronald Reagan and I have the DVD of Reagan’s funeral and Mickey Rooney giving him a salute at his gravesite. Even though the Andy Hardy movies he made, and the ones with Judy Garland were a little on the corny side, they were still great movies. Those were the days when you could watch just about any movie and not have to see all the sex, violence and gore of today’s movies. Mickey Rooney…RIP.

Suzanne on April 7, 2014 at 11:50 am

My first memories of Mr. Rooney were from ads airing on one of the local (NYC) all-news radio stations in the late night hours, promoting Mickey Rooney’s Tabas Hotel in Downingtown, PA, in which he was a partner with Daniel Tabas for many years beginning in 1969. Apart from books on old Hollywood actors, the first thing I remember seeing him in was a promo for the stage musical “Sugar Babies” (in which he co-starred with the late Ann Miller) on a Philadelphia TV station in 1979 (it had a tryout there before settling down for a several years’ run on Broadway, and I once lived in a place where we could get Philly TV stations at night and in the morning). The Brad Pitts of the world aren’t even fit to shine Mickey’s shoes.

ConcernedPatriot on April 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm

It’s hard to imagine ANY entertainer these days putting their career on hold to serve in the military. Those days are over. R.I.P. Mickey. Thank you.

Tommy Thomas on April 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm

I am saddened to learn of Mickey’s passing. He was an awesome talent, and so versatile. In his last years, he had gone through some very rough times. Listen to him talking about elder abuse that he had to contend with:


Ralph Adamo on April 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Didn’t care for the Andy Hardy movies, but “Boys Town”…a great movie!

Alan on April 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

We should simply praise Mickey Rooney for his resilience given his troubles throughout his life. Lesser men would have thrown in the towel in the worst possible way – ie Kurt Cobain.

I am striving to live the long fruitful life that Mickey had led. He was that kind of Mensch. Rest well, Mickey.

The Reverend Jacques on April 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

There’ll never be another Mickey Rooney.

Frankz on April 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Boys town for me too, my father spent time in one of those homes while his mother was dying of TB. My Dad enjoyed his time in those hell holes for some reason ,but many others suffered at the hands of the christian brothers,Barnardos and many others as sexually deprived catholics and other christian groups used the children for their own depraved proclivities .
My other favorite Rooney movie wa the one where his character won the Indy 500 and Bill Vukovich came second…only in a Rooney movie..ha ha.
Rest in peace Mickey!.

Aron B on April 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I also watched his movies on Sunday mornings, along with Shirley Temple movies. I really enjoyed them. I wish my kids had watched those kinds of movies when they were younger as opposed to the garbage that was on T.V. It’s even worse now!

Karen on April 7, 2014 at 5:34 pm

I like Karen remember Mickey Rooney’s movies every Sunday morning. He was a very talented actor. Not only that he was an outstanding American who used his talent to entertain the troops during WWII. Debbie is correct in saying could a Brad Pit(tiful) of a George(Looney)Clooney even think of doing such a thing. Heck no. That Mr. Rooney liked Reagan was just icing on the cake. He is sadly one of the last of a dying breed of actor in Hollywood. Being how we’re now stuck with the likes of the two before mentioned idiots along with dipwads like Sean Penn, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp. Rest in peace sir because your kind may never be seen again.

Ken B on April 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm


Darrell L. Hicks on April 7, 2014 at 8:01 pm

No, I can’t imagine Pitt doing this. Joe Estevez, on the other hand, the overlooked (and more capable) actor of the Estevez family and Martin Sheen’s brother, IS a Conservative and a military vet.

The last of the greats.

Occam's Tool on April 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Almost 90 years of making it look so easy. And his acting was totally convincing,rang true and believable – you know, the polar opposite of the worst ,most pretentious ,most noted Method,and other similar,”hip”,”artsy” ( read: Leftist )styles;Hopper,Dean, Nicholson,Beatty,Hoffman,Sutherland,Torn, Walken,Culp,Newman,Malkovich,DeNiro,Peter Weller,Gere,Travolta,Kristofferson( Yeah,primarily a singer, but Hollywood shoved him down our throats in movie after movie,ergo,he belongs )Pete Coyote,Sam Shepard,Goldblum,Turturro,Penn….most,if not every one,you want to hit in the mugs with a 2-by-4.

CharlesMartel on April 8, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I don’t see how Method Acting is ‘Leftist’. It has its’ roots in turn of the century Russian theater.

Vivian on April 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Maybe so,but here in the States, most of the people responsible for starting it here, the growth of its groups ,mostly in New York, were Leftist.

CharlesMartel on April 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Mickey Rooney-RIP.

JeffE on April 8, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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