Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Classic Television "Hey Mulligan!" starring Mickey Rooney
I had no idea until I found this video at InternetArchives that Mickey Rooney starred in a TV show called "Hey Mulligan". It turns out that the show, It turns out that this show aired for 39 episodes during 1954 and 1955. And it turns out that he has had quite an extensive career not only in films, but television as well. The following information comes from Wikipedia:
Rooney made a successful transition to television and stage work. In 1961, he guest starred in the 13-week James Franciscus adventure-drama television series The Investigators on CBS. In 1963, he even entered The Twilight Zone, giving a one-man performance in the episode "The Last Night of a Jockey". In 1964, he launched a half-hour sitcom Mickey on ABC. The story line had "Mickey" operating a resort hotel in southern California. Son Tim Rooney appeared as Rooney's teenaged son on the program, and Emmaline Henry starred as Rooney's wife.
He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for his role in 1981's Bill. Playing opposite Dennis Quaid, Rooney was a mentally challenged man attempting to live on his own after leaving an institution. He reprised his role in 1983's Bill: On His Own, earning an Emmy nomination for the role.
Rooney did the voices for four Christmas TV animated/stop action specials: Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979), and A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008)—always playing Santa Claus. In 1970, he was approached by television producer Norman Lear to consider taking on the role of Archie Bunker in the upcoming CBS series, All in the Family. Like Jackie Gleason before him, Mickey rejected the project. The role ultimately went to Carroll O'Connor.
So, enjoy the show and be sure to visit Internet Archives for thousands of films and TV shows that are part of the public domain.
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