December 7, 1928 in San Fernando, California as Marion Lee Thompson
Jr. When he was born his dad was working as a construction boss on
the Pacoima Dam and when he
came to see him for the first time he brought a friend with him, a
big Irish contractor. Mickey had long, flaming red hair and the big Irishman's
comment was, "There's a Mick if I ever saw one!" That's
been his name ever since.