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Mickey Rooney height: 5ft 2in (157 cm)

American actor best remembered for roles in films National Velvet, Boys Town, Andy Hardy films, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Quicksand, Babes in Arms, The Human Comedy, The Bold and the Brave, The Black Stallion, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Night at the Museum. He has claimed 5ft 3, but also said in a 1976 Family Weekly reply "I'm 5-2". Also, he claimed 5ft 2.5.

From left: Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney after their wedding, January, 1942
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Arch Stanton says on 28/Feb/15
Here's Rooney's chat up line to Ava "I figured you were a new piece of p***y for one of the executives. The prettiest ones were usually spoken for before they even stepped off the train. I didnít give a damn: I wanted to **** you the moment I saw you." You've really got to hand it to him haha!
Arch Stanton says on 28/Feb/15
Here's Rooney's chat up line to Ava "I figured you were a new piece of p***y for one of the executives. The prettiest ones were usually spoken for before they even stepped off the train. I didnít give a damn: I wanted to **** you the moment I saw you." You've really got to hand it to him haha!

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Arch Stanton says on 28/Feb/15
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Check out this, What a little s**t LOL!! You've got to hand it to him, he had some of the most beautiful women in the world at a virtual dwarf height!
Parker says on 17/Jan/15
Arch Stanton says on 11/Jan/15
Love the photo, the look on his face and body language says it all!!!

Arch haha....The cat that got the cream? What a stunning looking woman Ava was.
Arch Stanton says on 11/Jan/15
Studios in Hollywood apparently call any actor throwing a tantrum or acting obnoxiously a "pulling a Mickey Rooney". Says it all!
Arch Stanton says on 11/Jan/15
Love the photo, the look on his face and body language says it all!!!
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jan/15
Actually Sue he looks about the same height as Judy Garland in Love Finds Andy Hardy, although not sure what footwear she was wearing!
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jan/15
Can you add Quicksand (one of his best films), Babes in Arms, The Human Comedy, The Bold and the Brave, The Black Stallion and Breakfast at Tiffany's? Those more so than Night at the Museum anyway.
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jan/15
Rob can you add a photo? Didn't like him, although his films are generally good. I think he'd have been impossible in person, really obnoxious, short man syndrome personality, I doubt such a guy could have ever pulled Ava Gardner but for stardom!
[Editor Rob: in a world where every inch under average makes success that much harder, a guy like Rooney had unbelievable success and unbelievable wives! Maybe his personality made him hard to get on with.]
Arch Stanton says on 10/Jan/15
He can definitely look shorter Sue but in Love Finds Andy Hardy in fairness he doesn't look under this with Ann Rutherford.
littlesue says on 25/Oct/14
Watching him in Thats Entertainment film today and there were a few clips of him in the films he starred in with Garland, they look around the same height when she in smallish heels, she was 4ft 11.5 so I think he no taller than 5ft 1
Orwell's Advocate says on 29/Sep/14
I'm 5'1 1/2, and he looks like he was as tall as me
Arch Stanton says on 11/Jun/14
Looks over a head shorter than William Holden in Bridges at Toko-Ri. Height difference looked similar to Rob and Daniel Cudmore at near 11 inches. He was also shorter than a lot of the small Japanese ladies in the film. I honestly think he looked too short to even be 5'2".
176,2Tunman says on 11/Apr/14
R.I.P,but the good thing as Rob said is that now he's again listed at 5'2.
This is a kind of morbid question but does anyone know if corpses really regain height,I read something like that, but never had a proof about it.
Sam says on 8/Apr/14
R.I.P. even though I've just read in the Hollywood Vanity Fair it's film crew slang for an actor who's mean to crew members is nicknamed "a Mickey Rooney" but the term "Little Creep" is also used. Audrey Hepburn towered over him in his offensive role in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/13
7-8 inches shorter than Spencer Tracy in Boys Town, he was about 17 at the time.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/13
Maybe she was near 6'1" and the 5'11.5" claim was to get work and not seem to freaky. Yeah a 6'1" lady in those days would have been like 6'9" for a male actor!
Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/13
Dorothy was more like the 5'11.5 she claimed seeing her next to Jimmy Stewart. Yet in the photo she's not far off 6'6". As Little Sue says by no means does that chart have to be accurate. He's more 4 ft 10 today. I still think peak 5'2" is questionable.
Arch Stanton says on 17/Dec/13
He's barely taller than a 12 year old Freddie Bartholomew in Captains Courageous..
bobo says on 10/Dec/13
i saw him last week at event. 4ft 9 190lbs didnt say much sneezed alot
Parker says on 26/Nov/13
She may have said 5'11.5 Rob, but most sites have her at 6'2.

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[Editor Rob: none of them have put her claim up I said in that era saying almost 6ft to get jobs rather than 6ft and whatever probably made sense. But In a basic heel with Jimmy Stewart she looks smaller.

I'm not as convinced she was quite a big 6ft 2 barefoot.]
little sue says on 23/Nov/13
That chart could have been doctored just to exagerate the woman's very tall height
[Editor Rob: the tall lady did claim 5ft 11.5 I'm sure, although in those days anything over 6ft for a women actress must have seemed out of the world.]
Parker says on 22/Nov/13
@Arch Look at him against the height ruler.

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ok - He's not got that stick touching his head, but still looks 5'3 in those shoes. Elevators? Don't look it.
Arch Stanton says on 21/Nov/13
I saw Beat the Devil the other day and Peter Lorre in it you could see he had lifts on sitting down and he really looked even shorter than he did in the 40s and looked like 5 ft 3 in lifts. He had an inch or so on Mickey from what I recall. It's really difficult though to buy even 5'2" for Mickey in National Velvet. Perfect casting though as a former jockey, he was the right size!!
Arch Stanton says on 20/Nov/13
Rob are you certain he was really 5 ft 2 peak? He really doesn't quite look it in National Velvet and he was 23 or 24 at the time. I remember Peter Lorre had about an inch on him but who knows what was on their feet. Rooney is stood next to guys in the audience at the National and he really looks at least a foot shorter than some of them.
[Editor Rob: I think it was possible he was that mark.]
Arch Stanton says on 22/Sep/13
Well, in Breakfast in Tiffany's a hilarious role as an Oriental he's in his socks and looks nearer 5 flat next to Peppard and the others.
super mario says on 7/Sep/13
He (93)(4'11'') and Christopher Lee (92)(6'4'') are still working today (Lee does have 3 upcoming movies,rooneys last job was last year) They have acted for 7 decades.
Ian C. says on 6/Aug/13
Mickey Rooney is now ninety-three. He has outlived Ava Gardner and all her subsequent husbands,including Frank Sinatra. As for Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, and any number of tall actors from his time, all are long dead. So the way I see it, this is a man with an enviable body.
Ian C. says on 4/Aug/13
In Canada we have a notoriously cruel newspaper columnist named Jan Wong, who used to beguile celebrities into eating lunch with her. She would pretend to be their friend, get them to say embarrassing things about themselves, and then fink them out. One of her victims was Mickey Rooney and she asked him how tall he was, and he said five foot two. She said, I'm five foot two, and I'm noticeably taller than you. And Rooney was very offended.
Little Eccy says on 29/Jun/13
I am 5'5" Mickey has to be shorter than me for he is always looking up at people and I don't. I put him at 5'2"
Parker says on 22/Jun/13
His first wife has quoted him at 5'2 in a UK paper this morning from an interview she gave before she died (Ava Gardner). Does seem reasonable from the pic Rob posted.....maybe a smidge more?

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Russ says on 16/Dec/12
5'2 is ridiculous! He isn't even 5 foot. I saw him. I didn't get to speak to him. I'm 5'6, not a tall guy myself, and he looked at least 4'10. May be even shorter than that!
miko says on 19/Nov/12
Would be interesting to see him and DeVito next to each other.
Arch Stanton says on 18/Nov/12
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Makes Mariah Carey look like a giant, does look 4'11" tops nowadays!!
Arch Stanton says on 18/Nov/12
Watching Quicksand right now and yeah I soon wisened up to the fact he is really short but I came here thinking 5'4" or 5'5" range. Didn't think he was this tiny until I saw him next to Peter Lorre and he looked 1-2 inches shorter still!!. Imagine being his size in Hollywood alongside the likes of Rock Hudson and John Wayne at the time when it was obsessed with big macho guys. Yet he didn't let his size thwart him from becoming a successful actor, got to give him credit for that!
Robby D says on 25/Sep/12
I read Ava Gardener's biography and it quoted Micky Rooney's peak height as 60"
Parker says on 26/Aug/12
If that height chart is correct he looks close to 5'4 in his shoes. Maybe his 5'3 claim is not as exagerrated as people think.
little sue says on 7/Aug/12
I did mean to say he looked 5ft 2 and a half but I lost my two somewhere!!. He always looked a good 2 or 3 inches taller than Judy Garland who was under 5ft
little sue says on 6/Aug/12
Rooney looks about 5ft 1/2. Dorothy used to say 5ft 11.5 or 5ft 12 but I would say she is easily about 6ft 2.
[Editor Rob: considering his shoes look standard enough (not obvious elevators) I think the height board looks reasonable aswell, he can't be a 5ft peak.

today he's a few inches shorter for sure though.]
avi says on 5/Aug/12
a solid 5'0 never more. a man who is under 6'1 will not shrink. he may have lost .5 inch
[Editor Rob: here's the Classic picture of Rooney beside a height chart of sorts. Dorothy Ford actually claimed in an interview to be 5ft 11.5 although she was commonly described over 6ft in those days.]

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