Mickey Rooney, one of my all time favorite actors, has passed on to become one of the stars in Heaven at age 93. He was a legend who made movies with greats like Elizabeth Taylor (National Velvet), Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and the supremely wonderful Judy Garland with whom he made 14 films. The first Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, then 3 Andy Hardy films where he played the charming, girl crazy teen and then 11 musicals from Babes on Broadway to Words and Music. In 1938's Boys Town opposite Spencer Tracy, Rooney was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939 and was named the biggest box-office draw in 1939, 1940 and 1941.
Mr. Rooney was the first teen to ever have been nominated for an Oscar and he was awarded an Honorary Oscar which he well deserved. He won an Emmy for his role on TV as Bill in the Telepic of that name and also won 2 Golden Globes. He was the voice of Santa Claus in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July (1979), and A Miser Brothers' Christmas (2008)—always playing Santa Claus, and starred with The Muppets in 2011. To say he was a well rounded performer is certainly not nearly enough praise.
He started his career in Vaudeville at the age of two with his parents and from there on there was no holding him back. 1938's Boys Town opposite Spencer Tracy as Whitey Marsh, which opened shortly before his 18th birthday. Rooney was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award in 1939 and was named the biggest box-office draw in 1939, 1940 and 1941. A well-known entertainer by the early 19.
Mr. Rooney also starred in his first television series, The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan (created by Blake Edwards with Rooney as his own producer). It appeared on NBC television for 32 episodes between August 28, 1954 and June 4, 1955.
Mr. Rooney died surrounded by his family at his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on April 6, 2014
I must say I have enjoyed his Andy Hardy movies since I was a kid and still watch them to this day and his musicals which I grew up on are still some of my favorites. Santa Claus is Coming To Town is my # 1 pick every Christmas, so Mickey Rooney has filled my whole life with joy and so I had to write this tribute about him.
Mickey we know you are entertaining the folks in Heaven as you will here forever.
RIP Mickey Rooney.