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Is there anyone who doesn't know of Mickey Rooney?

Asked by Jonesn4burgers (7191points) April 7th, 2014

There have been tributes here before, but this news caused me to cry real tears.
Everybody has to go sometime, but there are those we just won’t ever be prepared to see go.
He was funny.
He was sincere.
He married some of the greatest chicks to be found.
He was nearly unstoppable, working his entire life to entertain anyone who desired to partake of his talent.
At 93, he was every bit as much a child as when he began in showbiz at the age of 5.
Here is our opportunity to voice our thanks, discuss memories, and mourn the passing of Mickey Rooney.

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bomyne's avatar

Because this is in general, and not social, I’ll answer the question. Yes, there are people who don’t know of Mickey Rooney. Me, for example.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

He just passed away, 93 years old. He was an entertainer of the highest level. He was born to vaudville showpeople. He was in his first silent film when he was six years old. He was a short little guy with a youthful face. He had a thirst for life, always bringing fun, even during wars and the great depression. He performed musicals, dramas, and never let down audiences hoping to be entertained. I am sorry you have not known of Mickey Rooney, @bomyne. A Night At The Museum is one of his more recent works. He played the part of a feisty old security guard who was to retire.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

What an incredible actor young Rooney was. I believe he played Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer. He was pretty good in Stiller’s movie.
He got to costar with actresses like Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland when they were all in their teens and early twenties.

He was truly a giant of our time. Thanks for remembering him.

Here he is with Terry Moore!

JLeslie's avatar

I’m sure a lot of young people don’t know who he is. I’m old, so I know.

cookieman's avatar

First movie I ever saw him in was “The Black Stallion”. I loved that movie as a kid.

Stinley's avatar

I don’t really know who he was. I probably would recognise him but I’m not bothered enough to look.

Incoherency_'s avatar

I liked some of his segments on 60 Minutes, but didn’t he die a few years ago?

Pachy's avatar

I can’t believe Micky Rooney is gone! I loved him all my life—as Puck in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as Whitey March in “Boy’s Town,” as Judy Garland’s boyfriend in numerous films, as a washed up jockey in one of the best Twilight Zone episodes ever, “The Last Night of a Jockey,” which Serling wrote especially for Rooney— and perhaps most of all as Andy Hardy, with whose endless teenage travails I identified through 15 films, the first in of the series in 1937, before I was born, the last in 1958, when I was 15. I even shared Andy’s first name. Rooney could do it all: sing, dance, play a variety of musical instruments, and act both comedy and drama. Thank God we have his films to remind us how mightily talented he was.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Hmmm… sound familiar…
Nah! Maybe my memory is playing trick on me. Never know him.

But I’m not going to appear rude. Rest in peace.

ucme's avatar

Damn, no more gags about him living forever.

Pachy's avatar

And NOW, @Dan_Lyons, he’s with Judy Garland.

Pachy's avatar

@ucme, my friend, he WILL live forever—on film. In fact, I’m gonna watch an Andy Hardy one today. :-)

filmfann's avatar

I liked Mickey Rooney in most of his work, and I am sorry about his passing, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s was shameful, and, while a product of its time, should not be forgiven lightly.
He was wonderful in many, many other works. It is too bad that I remember him from this.

On the flip side, he was terrific in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World

JLeslie's avatar

I was just made reference to It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World a few days ago. I said to my husband something about marking our driveway with a W and he had no idea what I was talking about. I won’t tell the whole story, but it was a reference to the W in the movie. Anyone who knew the movie would have understood what I was talking about.

Pandora's avatar

He was awesome. It got me wondering about actors back then, and I found this site. So many, I have forgotten about. I doubt many if any are alive from this list. Check it out, this was like a trip back in time. Lots of beautiful photos. Boy, could they dress back then.

ucme's avatar

@Pachy 99% of his work was not my cup of tea, probably only know a handful of his films.
He was very funny in Mad, Mad World, as @filmfann already said & that’s what I remember most.

Winter_Pariah's avatar

While I’m certain I’ve seen some of the films he’s been in, the name is unfamiliar which leads me to believe that he was an actor that never caught my attention so I never bothered to be attentive to his existence on screen.

Pachy's avatar

@ucme, that’s what’s great about movies. To each his/her own.

Dan_Lyons's avatar

@JLeslie The Big W. It’s under the Big W!!!

antimatter's avatar

I remember him from Black Stallion…

Berserker's avatar

I know of him, but I’m not a fan. However I recognize him for his talent and dedication, what more needs be said, RIP bro.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Mickey has been everywhere. He has done movies, stage, television, and animation voicework. He got us through wars and economic depression, times when people needed desperately to be entertained. He married eight or nine women, so whether his life, the country, or the world is suffering trauma, he still managed to sing, dance, and keep us laughing, and hoping.
He worked a lot with Judy Garland. He was involved with things like; Pete’s Dragon, Night At The Museum, Black Beauty, National Velvet, at least one animated Christmas special for children, Little Lord Fauntleroy. He did a guest appearance with I Love Lucy, and many variety shows.
Because I used to make little performances with my younger brother when we were kids to entertain our parents, I will never be able to hear his common battle cry, “Let’s have a show!”, without being whisked away to those funny times in my life.
Even peope who don’t know of Mickey Rooney should be aware that he set the pace for many other entertainers.
Rest easy now, Mickey! We have loved you, and loved you.

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