Joe Yule

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This article is about the vaudeville comedian. For his son, the actor, see Mickey Rooney.
Joe Yule
Born Ninian Joseph Ewell
(1892-04-30)April 30, 1892
Polmadie, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Died March 30, 1950(1950-03-30) (aged 57)
Hollywood, California, US
Occupation Actor, vaudevillian
Years active 1912-50
Spouse(s) Nellie W. Carter
Children Mickey Rooney

Ninian Joseph Ewell, known professionally as Joe Yule (April 30, 1892 – March 30, 1950),[1] was a Scottish-American vaudeville comedian who later appeared in many films as a character actor. He was noted for his role in the Jiggs and Maggie film series, and as the father of Mickey Rooney.

Ewell was born in the Polmadie district of Glasgow, and emigrated circa 1900 with his parents to the United States. As a teenager he joined the vaudeville circuit and adopted the stage name Joe Yule. In 1919, he married fellow vaudevillian Nellie W. Carter, a native of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1920, while they were appearing together in a Brooklyn production of A Gaiety Girl, their only son, Joseph Yule, Jr. (later Mickey McGuire, then Mickey Rooney), was born.[2] The Yules separated in 1924 during a slump in vaudeville, and in 1925 Nellie moved with her son to Hollywood. When the elder Yule died 25 years later from a heart attack one month before he turned 58,[3] Rooney arranged to have his father buried next to Rooney's friend and longtime acting colleague Wallace Beery, who had died a few years prior. "I thought it was fitting that these two comedians should rest in peace, side by side," he wrote.[4]



  1. ^ Yule family infosite
  2. ^ Rooney, Mickey (1965). i.e., an Autobiography. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. p. 63. 
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  4. ^ Rooney, M. Life is Too Short. Villard Books (1991), p. 239. ISBN 0679401954.

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