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Bye Bye Berley The theme of this show was appro pro. Uncle Miltie imitates Gleason's actual on air broken leg with feigned fracture to get publicity to bolster the show. Berle sidekick Francis (Arnold Stang) saw through it and so did the audience. "Mr. Television" was number one in 1949, when it began a weekly Tuesday night networked run, because it's only competition was a religious sermon on Du Mont (Bishop Fulton J. Sheen) and a bottom budget anthology series on CBS. Texas Company (Texaco) deserted ship by 1956 when ratings dipped as stronger competition ensued. Buick took it's place, but in 1957 reduced Miltie to bi-weekly, alternating with Martha Raye. Bye '59, "Mr. Tuesday Night" was yesterdays news, he re-appeared as one season host for "Bowling For Dollars." In the mid 60's, following Milton Berle's resurrection on the big screen ("It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World"), fledgling ABC gave Berle a spin with "Miltie's Mad, Mad World of Comedy," a ratings bust, cancelled after a few weeks with Berle warbling "That's Life" on the final show. The spit out comedian returned to his place of launch, Grossinger's in Lake Tahoe, NY where he would bad mouth both NBC and ABC on stage. Interviewed on a New Jersey public access cable show in 1980, Berle repeated the attacks on the networks with the disclaimer, "But, there's nobody watching this {cable} show, is there?"

About Milton BerleMilton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908 and died March 27, 2002), was the sharp tongued comedian, whose career spanned vaudeville, radio, television, and film, Berle made his biggest mark in television. His greatest success was as the headliner for Texaco Star Theater on NBC from 1948 to June 14, 1955, then for Buick through 1958 (Buick became an alternate sponsor in 1953) . Berle was originally one of several rotating hosts for the program, but was selected as the permanent emcee in the fall of 1948, and quickly took the show to Number One in the early days of television ratings, with an 80 percent share of the viewing audience. Many theaters and other businesses closed on Tuesday nights, as people stayed home to watch the antics of this give and take insult "shtick" comedian (typical Berle shticks were dressing as a woman, walking on his ankles, and having Francis (Arnold Stang) firing "aw, chip-chip-chup" when Berle bragged, which was often on and off stage.

.nable to find or accept other television work, Berle played Las Vegas, made nightclub appearances , appeared on Broadway in Herb Gardner's The Goodbye People in 1968, and appeared in many films (mostly as himself). These included Always Leave Them Laughing (1949) with Virginia Mayo and Bert Lahr, Let's Make Love, with Marilyn Monroe and Yves Montand (1960); It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963); The Loved One (1965); The Oscar (1966); Lepke (1975); Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose (1984); and Driving Me Crazy (1991). He also had guest roles on television series such as The Jack Benny Show, Make Room for Daddy, The Lucy Show, Batman, The Big Valley, Get Smart, The Mod Squad, Ironside, Mannix, McCloud, The Love Boat, CHiPs, Fame, Fantasy Island, Gimme a Break, Diff'rent Strokes, Murder, She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Nanny, Roseanne, Sister, Sister, according to his biographer.

About Arnold Stang Born September 28, 1928 in Chelsea, MA; sonof Harold L. Stang, an attorney) and mother, Anna.

Arnold Stang once told the press that "his favorite medium is the one he is working in at{that} moment. {He} believes his calm relaxed attitude is a reflection of his unique position on most shows. 'I am usually called in on a guest star basis. I've worked with practically every star in the business, and I've had allthe excitement without any of the crushing responsibilities. The applause that comes at the end of his show means only one thing to the star ... that it'stime to start worrying about next week's show. But I just take a bow, walk off, wash up, and go home.'"

Arnold Stang is best remembered as the voice of cartoon "Top Cat" and being the wry heckler to Milton Berle (see above). A twangy voiced version of Don Rickles insult humor, Stang good naturedly took pot shots at many big stars, including Frank Sinatra. He was featured in countless TV commercials and a big and small screen character actor.

About Mickey Rooney Comedy/Musical actor Mickey Roonry was born Joe Yule Jr. in 1920. He began his career as a child actor and vaudeville bit player. His parents were popular entertainers on the old vaudeville circuit and Mickey soon became part of their act.

Mickey’s parents divorced when he was three years old and it was his mother who encouraged her young son towards a career in entertainment by taking him to Hollywood to audition for Hal Roach's ‘Our Gang’ series. After missing out on the role, Mickey returned in 1926 and landed his first role in ‘Not To Be Trusted’.

In 1927, Mickey Rooney was cast as Mickey McGuire in a series based on a popular comic strip. Around the same time, Joe Yule Jr. became known as Mickey Rooney thanks to a legal name change by his mother. In 1934, a chance outing at a Los Angeles tennis competition saw the rising young actor spotted by MGM producer, David O. Selznick. Reporting back to studio boss Louis Mayer, Selznick announced that he had discovered a ‘goldmine’ and urged the studio to sign up Rooney.

Selznick signed Rooney up for ‘Manhattan Melodrama’ and following the release of the film in 1934 he was offered a long-term contract with MGM and was educated at the studio's School for Professional Children.

From 1939-41, Mickey Rooney was the number one box office star in the US thanks to his roles in films such as ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ and the ‘Andy Hardy’ series. His fame peaked with a string of successful musicals with Judy Garland, including the Oscar nominated ‘Babes in Arms’ and classic films such as ‘National Velvet’ in 1944. Rooney and Garland developed a deep friendship over the years and starred in a total of nine films together. Rooney completed 21 months of military service during World War II and, although a successful radio broadcaster during this time, his career suffered upon his return from war. During the 1950s, he worked on the television series ‘Hey Mulligan’ and in 1960 he directed and starred in ‘The Private Lives of Adam and Eve’.

Mickey Rooney continued to make films during the 60s and 70s, and in 1979 he appeared in the acclaimed stage play 'Sugar Babies' with Ann Miller.

In 1983, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted him their Academy Honorary Award for his lifetime of achievement.

While his career has been long-lived, Rooney’s marriages have been somewhat shorter. Starting off with Hollywood starlet Ava Gardner in 1941, he has been married eight times. His married his eighth wife, Jan Chamberlin, in 1978 and the couple have been together for longer than all of his previous seven marriages combined. The couple live in Los Angeles and continue to tour with a multimedia live stage production called ‘Let's Put On A Show!’

In February, 2011, Mickey Rooney was been granted court protection from his stepson and his stepson's wife. According to court documents filed Monday, the 91 year old theatrical legend alleged physical and verbal abuse by the family members.


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