Mickey Daniels

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Mickey Daniels
Mickey Daniels in Dogs of War (1923)
Born Richard Daniels, Jr.
(1914-10-11)October 11, 1914
Rock Springs, Wyoming, U.S.
Died August 20, 1970(1970-08-20) (aged 55)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation Actor
Years active 1921-1932
Parents Richard Daniels
Hannah Daniels
Relatives Bebe Daniels (aunt)
Ben Lyons (uncle)

Richard "Mickey" Daniels, Jr. (October 11, 1914 – August 20, 1970) was an American actor. Signed by Hal Roach in 1921, he was, along with Joe Cobb, Jackie Condon, Mary Kornman, and Ernie Morrison, a regular in the popular Our Gang comedies.

Early life and career[edit]

Daniels was born in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of actor Richard Daniels and his wife Hannah.[1] His aunt was actress Bebe Daniels and his uncle was actor and studio executive Ben Lyon. In 1921, Daniels was discovered by a talent scout while performing at an amateur night at the Rialto Theatre in Rock Springs. Shortly thereafter, he was signed by Hal Roach to appear in the Our Gang film series.[2]

The red-haired, gap-toothed, freckle-faced Daniels was one of the lead characters in the Our Gang film shorts from 1922 to 1926. He usually appeared with Jack Davis, Ernie Morrison, and Mary Kornman. In the earlier shorts, he was often a rival (often with Davis) for Mary Kornman's attentions. He first appeared in the first Our Gang short Our Gang in 1922 when he was 8 years old. He was known for his big, distinctive laugh and a gift for physical comedy and timing. Daniels stayed with the series for four years until he left the series at the age of 12 in 1926. His last film was the 1926 short Thundering Fleas.

After Our Gang, Daniels continued his career in vaudeville and played bit parts in feature films and comedy shorts. From 1930 to 1932, Daniels and former Our Gang co-star appeared in appeared in the film series The Boy Friends for M-G-M. He continued public appearances with co-star Mary Kornman for feature film roles in the 1940s.

Post acting career[edit]

After World War II, Daniels quit the movie industry and began working in construction engineering in the United States and overseas.[3] In 1967, he began working as a taxi driver for Red Top Taxi in San Diego. He remained at that job until his death.[4][3]


Daniels became a chronic alcoholic and was found dead on August 20, 1970, in a transient hotel in San Diego. The cause of death was attributed to cirrhosis.[2][4] Daniels is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale in Glendale, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

Short subject[edit]

  • One Terrible Day (1922)
  • Our Gang (1922)
  • Young Sherlocks (1922)
  • Saturday Morning (1922)
  • A Quiet Street (1922)
  • The Champeen! (1923)
  • The Cobbler (1923)
  • The Big Show (1923)
  • A Pleasant Journey (1923)
  • Boys to Board (1923)
  • Giants vs. Yanks (1923)
  • Back Stage (1923)
  • Dogs of War! (1923)
  • Lodge Night (1923)
  • July Days (1923)
  • No Noise (1923)
  • Stage Fright (1923)
  • Derby Day (1923)
  • Sunday Calm (1923)
  • Tire Trouble (1924)
  • Big Business (1924)
  • The Buccaneers (1924)
  • Seein' Things (1924)
  • Commencement Day (1924)
  • Cradle Robbers (1924)
  • Jubilo, Jr. (1924)
  • It's a Bear (1924)
  • High Society (1924)
  • The Sun Down Limited (1924)
  • Every Man for Himself (1924)
  • Fast Company (1924)
  • The Mysterious Mystery! (1924)
  • The Big Town (1925)
  • Circus Fever (1925)
  • Dogs Days (1925)
  • The Love Bug (1925)
  • Shootin' Injuns (1925)
  • Ask Grandma (1925)
  • Official Officers (1925)
  • Boys Will Be Joys (1925)
  • Mary, Queen of Tots (1925)
  • Your Own Back Yard (1925)
  • Better Movies (1925)
  • One Wild Ride (1925)
  • Good Cheer (1926)
  • Buried Treasure (1926)
  • Monkey Business (1926)
  • Baby Clothes (1926)
  • Uncle Tom's Uncle (1926)
  • Thundering Fleas (1926)
  • Fish Hooky (1933)
  • Reunion in Rhythm (1937)


  1. ^ Monush, Barry, ed. (2003). Screen World Presents the Encyclopedia of Hollywood Film Actors: From the silent era to 1965, Volume 1. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 572. ISBN 1-557-83551-9. 
  2. ^ a b McCullers, Cyndi; Sweetwater County Historical Museum (2009). Sweetwater County. Arcadia Publishing. p. 111. ISBN 0-738-56923-2. 
  3. ^ a b D'Agostino, Annette M. (2004). The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia. McFarland. p. 72. ISBN 0-786-41514-2. 
  4. ^ a b Maltin, Leonard; Bann, Richard W. (1992). The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang. Crown. p. 248. ISBN 0-517-58325-9. 

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