About Micky
Fast Facts

  • Born Dennis Michael Sheffield in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1914.
  • Had one of the longest consistently active careers in Hollywood history, 1916-2000.
  • First role as an actor at the age of 18 months (1916) for The Flying A studio (American Film Manufacturing Company) in Santa Barbara, California.
  • Arrived in what was to become "Hollywood," in late 1916.
  • Joined the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation in late 1916.
  • First "Hollywood" film was Poor Little Rich Girl (1917) starring Mary Pickford.
  • First directed by Cecil B. DeMille in For Better or Worse (1919).
  • Directed by Cecil B. DeMille in King of Kings (1927), an acting career high point.
  • Starred in nearly 50 films from 1916-1929 as a child actor.
  • Worked as a grocery "bag boy" and on a fishing tug hauling bait during The Great Depression.
  • Re-entered the film industry in 1933 as a member of the Property Department's Swing Gang on Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra (1934).
  • Became an assistant director in 1949 on the film Rope of Sand starring Burt Lancaster.
  • Was recommended for admittance to the Screen Directors Guild (later the DGA) by Cecil B. DeMille (1949).
  • With brother Pat (as music sound editor), "reunited" with Cecil B. DeMille in the remake of The Ten Commandments (1956), as an assistant director.
  • Worked as an assistant director on five films that were star vehicles for Elvis Presley; directed Elvis Presley in Hal Wallis' Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1965).
  • Helped bring Hollywood second unit on-location action to TV production in series westerns, Hondo and Bonanza (1967).
  • Was second unit director on the Franklin Shaffner directed classic war-epic, Patton (1970).
  • Was second unit director on the George Lucas produced, Steven Spielberg directed Indiana Jones trilogy: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
  • Was second unit director on the Stephen Herek directed The Mighty Ducks (1992) that launched a real-life professional hockey team.
  • After involvement in nearly 200 productions over his lifetime, "retires" from active second unit directing, at the end of 2000, with the completion of Walt Disney Pictures' 102 Dalmatians (2000).
  • After retirement, wrote and published his memoir My Magic Carpet of Films: A Personal Journey in the Motion Picture Industry 1916-2000 (BearManor Media, 2009).
  • Died March 4, 2013 in Malibu, California at age 98.