In Memoriam: Mickey Rooney

April 9, 2014 – May 28, 2014

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, North Floor Plan

On view is a portrait of actor Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) with frequent costar Judy Garland. Born into a vaudeville family, Rooney took the stage as a toddler and began making movies at age five. Over the course of a 10-decade career, he made more than 300 films, ending with The Muppets (2011). A Family Affair (1937), the first of nearly 20 movies in the Andy Hardy series, launched Rooney as the top box-office star in 1939, 1940 and 1941. He won a juvenile Academy Award for Boys Town (1938) and a Tony nomination for his exuberant performance with Ann Miller in Sugar Babies on Broadway (1979).