I can’t recall a time in my life when I didn’t know who Mickey Rooney was. Not my earliest memory by any means, but when I developed appreciation of film and acting, Mickey was always there. From the Andy Hardy movies and his partnerships with Judy Garland to his later years when he appeared in films like The Black Stallion, A Night in the Museum and Muppet films, he was a consummate professional. It is reported he also just created some additional footage, reprising is role as Gus in an anticipated Night in the Museum 4.
Eight marriages, including his first to film beauty Ava Gardner, were events that helped define his life, but it was really his passion for acting, singing and dancing that defined his career.
Mickey Rooney will be missed. Mickey Rooney will be remembered for roles in movies like Captain’s Courageous, Love Finds Andy Hardy, The Human Comedy, National Velvet, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Pete’s Dragon, Babe: Pig in the City, not to mention television and stage work.
The consummate professional, there was never any one like Mickey, and it is highly unlikely there will ever be another. Well done, Mickey… well done.