"They ask me when I'm going to retire. I'm not going to retire. I inspire."
About This Interview
In his one-hour Archive interview, Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) describes breaking into the business as a child actor and how his name got changed from "Joe Yule" to "Mickey Rooney." He recalls his work in the "Mickey McGuire" film shorts and discusses meeting Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, and Judy Garland. He talks about his appearances on Texaco Star Theater and The Jack Paar Program, and outlines his dramatic television work in the Playhouse 90 episode "The Comedian" and Alcoa Theater's "Eddie." He also speaks of his Emmy-winning performance in the television movie Bill. Dan Pasternack conducted the interview in Westlake Village, CA on July 24, 2001.