Rooney, Andy 1920- (Andrew A. Rooney)

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Rooney, Andy 1920- (Andrew A. Rooney)


Full name, Andrew Aitken Rooney; born January 14, 1920, in Albany, NY; son of Walter Scott and Elinor (maiden name, Reynolds), Rooney; married Marguerite Howard (a teacher), April 21, 1942 (died April 27, 2004); children: Ellen, Martha, Emily (a broadcast journalist and news producer), Brian. Education: Attended Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, c. 1941.


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Broadcast journalist, commentator, producer, writer, columnist, and essayist. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Hollywood, CA, worked briefly as a writer; freelance magazine writer, 1947-49; CBS News, New York City, writer and producer, 1959-70; WNET-TV, New York City, broadcaster and writer, 1970-71; ABC-TV, writer, 1971-72; CBS News, writer and producer, 1972—. Military service: U.S. Army, journalist with Stars & Stripes, 1941-45; served in European theatre; became sergeant; received Bronze Star.


Writers Guild of America, American Federation of Television and Radio Actors.

Awards, Honors:

Writers Guild of America Awards, best written television documentary, 1966, for "The Great Love Affair," 1968, for "Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed," 1971, for "An Essay on War," 1975, for "Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington," 1976, for "Mr. Rooney Goes to Dinner," and 1979, for "Happiness: The Elusive Pursuit"; Emmy Awards, outstanding individual achievement in news documentary programs, 1969, for the report "Black History: Lost, Stolen, or Strayed," CBS News Hour, outstanding writing for news or documentary programs, 1979, for "Who Owns What in America: A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," 60 Minutes, outstanding producer/reporter for news program segments, 1981, for "Grain: A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," 60 Minutes, and outstanding correspondent, 1981, for "Tanks: A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," 60 Minutes; George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Georgia, 1975, for the report "Mr. Rooney Goes to Washington"; Walter Cronkite Award, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Arizona State University, 2003; Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, 2003.


Television Appearances; Series:

Commentator, CBS News Hour, CBS, 1968.

Commentator, The Great American Dream Machine, WNET (New York City), 1970-72.

Commentator, 60 Minutes, CBS, 1979—.

Television Appearances; Specials:

A Year with Andy Rooney: 1989, CBS, 1989.

Share a Moment with the World, CBS, 1992.

60 Minutes25 Years, CBS, 1993.

Presenter, 51st Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Awards, PBS, 1993.

10th Annual TV Academy Hall of Fame, Disney Channel, 1994.

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration, ABC, 1995.

Cronkite Remembers, CBS, 1996.

"Arthur Godfrey: Broadcasting's Forgotten Giant," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1996.

Correspondent, 1996 Republican National Convention, CBS, 1996.

Correspondent, 1996 Democratic National Convention, CBS, 1996.

Correspondent for "Eye on People" segments, 60 Minutes More, CBS, 1997.

Walter Cronkite: Eyewitness to History, Arts and Entertainment, 1998.

G.I. Joe: The Ernie Pyle Story, PBS, 1998.

CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998.

Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes, CBS, 1998.

60 Minutes at 30, CBS, 1998.

Heroes and Icons: People of the Century; CBS News/Time 100, CBS, 1999.

The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (also known as Barry Levinson on the Future in the 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows), Showtime, 1999.

Holocaust: The Untold Story, History Channel, 2001.

"Walter Cronkite: Witness to History," American Masters, PBS, 2006.

Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater, HBO, 2006.

That's the Way It Is: Celebrating Cronkite at 90, CBS, 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1982.

Late Show with David Letterman (also known as The Late Show and Late Show Backstage), CBS, 1993.

ESPN SportsCentury, ESPN, 2001, 2004.

Himself as reporter for Stars & Stripes, "Ball Turret Gunners," Modern Marvels, History Channel, 2003.

Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2003, 2006.

"Realness," Da Ali G Show (also known as Ali G in da USAiii), HBO, 2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Cronkite Remembers, CBS, 1997.

Television Work; Series:

Director, CBS News Hour, CBS, 1968.

News coeditor, 60 Minutes, CBS, 1968.

Television Work; Specials:

Producer, A Year with Andy Rooney: 1989, CBS, 1989.

Documentary Film Appearances:

I, Curmudgeon, 2004.

Silent Wings: The American Glider Pilots of World War II, Inecom Entertainment, 2007.


Television Series:

Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, CBS, 1949-55.

The Great American Dream Machine, WNET (New York City), 1970-72.

60 Minutes, CBS, 1979—.

Contributor to other news programs, including Adventure, Calendar, The Morning Show with Will Rogers, Jr., News of America, and The Twentieth Century; also worked as writer for television personalities such as Sam Levenson and Victor Borge.

Radio Series:

The Garry Moore Show, CBS, 1959-65.


(With Oram C. Hutton) Air Gunner, Farrar & Rinehart, 1944.

(With Hutton) The Story of the "Stars and Stripes," Farrar & Rinehart, 1946.

(With Hutton) Conquerors' Peace: A Report to the American Stockholders, Doubleday, 1947.

(Editor, with Dickson Hartwell, and author of commentary and notes) Off the Record: The Best Stories of Foreign Correspondents, Doubleday, 1952.

The Fortunes of War: Four Great Battles of World War II, Little, Brown, 1962.

A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney, Atheneum, 1981.

My War (memoir), Public Affairs Press, 1981.

And More by Andy Rooney, Atheneum, 1982.

The Complete Andy Rooney, Warner Books, 1983.

Pieces of My Mind, Scribner, 1984.

And More by Andy Rooney, Scribner, 1985.

The Most of Andy Rooney, Macmillan, 1986.

Word for Word, Putnam, 1986.

Not that You Asked, Easton Press, 1989.

Sweet and Sour, Putnam, 1992.

Sincerely, Andy Rooney, Public Affairs Press, 1999.

Common Nonsense, Public Affairs Press, 2002.

Years of Minutes: The Best of Rooney from 60 Minutes, Public Affairs Press, 2003.

Out of My Mind, Public Affairs Press, 2006.

Tribune Media Services, syndicated columnist, 1979—. Contributor to magazines, including Esquire, Harper's, Life, Look, and Reader's Digest. Some writings appear under name Andrew A. Rooney.



Rooney, Andy, My War, Public Affairs Press, 1997.


People Weekly, May 8, 1995, pp. 207-216.

Rolling Stone, August 8, 1996, p. 65.

Time Out New York, May 22, 2003, p. 180.