Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) was an American entertainer appearing on film, television and Broadway. He won multiple awards throughout his career, including an Honorary Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy Award.
Rooney makes a cameo appearance in 2011's The Muppets, during the number "Life's a Happy Song," choreographed by his son, Michael Rooney. He also featured in the "Mah Na Mah Na" end credits sequence, which was included in the Never-Ending Mahna Mahna Phenomahna.
Rooney first gained fame as a child actor, then as the juvenile lead in MGM's Andy Hardy movie series. During his time as an MGM contract player, he also appeared in classic adaptations such as the A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935, as Puck) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939, as Huck), as well as a variety of "let's put on a show" musicals (such as 1941's Babes on Broadway, with Judy Garland and Will Lee). Later credits include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Babe: Pig in the City and Night at the Museum (with Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs and Ben Stiller). Television credits include guest spots on ER, Conan. Murder, She Wrote, Full House, The Golden Girls, The Love Boat and The Twilight Zone.
- During the December 26, 1963 episode of The Jimmy Dean Show, as Rowlf the Dog prepares for an appearance by Lassie, he asks Jimmy if he looks like several celebrities, one of which being Rooney.
- During the talk spot in The Muppet Show episode 108, Kermit mentions Rooney when citing famous short people.
- Footage of Rooney is used in the fifth season Muppet Babies episode "Muppets Not Included," during Piggy's "Celebrity Circles" game.