SWEETWATER COUNTY — At least one Rock Springs native broke into the movies, and he did it after appearing at the Rialto Theatre, according to the Sweetwater County Historical Museum.
Mickey Daniels, born Richard Daniels Jr. in Rock Springs on Oct. 11, 1914, was the son of Richard Daniels, himself an actor born in Wales, and his wife Hannah. Mickey Daniels started performing young, and he was spotted by a talent agent during a performance at the Rialto on South Main Street in 1921. By the next year he’d been signed by producer Hal Roach for the groundbreaking “Our Gang” series, whose stars were a group of lovable, ragtag kids.
Mickey Daniels appeared in more than 100 short and feature films between 1922 and 1941. Film buffs in particular remember him as Mickey the Truant Officer in 1933’s “Fish Hooky,” an episode of the “Our Gang” series later syndicated on television.
Mickey Daniels left acting in the 1940s and died in San Diego, California, in 1970.