Joe Yule

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This article is about the vaudeville comedian. For his son, the actor, see Mickey Rooney.
Joe Yule
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Joe Yule, Rene Riano, and George McManus
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
Spouse(s) Nellie W. Carter
Children Mickey Rooney

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

Yule was born Ninian Joseph Ewell in the Polmadie district of Glasgow. As a child, he emigrated with his parents to the U.S. (circa 1900). He later changed his name to Joseph Yule. He married Nellie W. Carter, a native of Kansas City, Missouri.[when?] Both were vaudevillians and were appearing together in a Brooklyn production of A Gaiety Girl when their son Joseph Yule, Jr., was born. Their son adopted the professional name Mickey McGuire, then Mickey Rooney.[2] The Yules separated in 1924 during a slump in vaudeville, and in 1925, Nell Yule moved with her son to Hollywood. Yule died 25 years later from a heart attack, the month before he turned 58.[3] Mickey Rooney arranged to have his father buried next to his father's friend Wallace Beery, who had died a few years before. "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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