On April 7, 2014, actor Al Quinn, 84, shared his thoughts as soon as he heard about the April 6 death of 93 year old iconic actor Mickey Rooney. Included (below) are two "Top 10 Film" listings on both actors.
Al Quinn, who resides in Fort Myers, Fla., first heard of Rooney's death on television. For Quinn, thoughts of days gone by flashed through his head, and most of the images were of Mickey Rooney on the big screen!
Al, what were your first thoughts on Mickey Rooney's death?
"First of all, I'm saddened by Mick's passing. He was less than a decade older than me, so that hits home. I am also an actor, have been for most of my life. Concerning his acting, he was one of the last old timers left, if not the last."
Being so close in age you probably were one of his first and biggest fans?
"Yes, Mickey Rooney and I go back a long way, for even as a kid he was one of my idols. He was also originally from Brooklyn in NYC!"
Did you see Mickey Rooney on the silver screen?
"Of course. I loved Mickey Rooney. Back then, going to the movies was a major treat. So one didn't just go to any movie, you picked your favorites, and anything with the Mick in it was my fave!"
What did you think of his work as an actor?
"He had a talent that will live forever. He was a song and dance type of actor too. Mick was also some 'character.' I'm going to miss him terribly."
Thank you Al Quinn for sharing your thoughts about Mickey Rooney. Readers can even more appreciate what you have shared when it comes to Mickey Rooney's death, as your similar age range and acting background make it more understandable how you feel.
On a side note, Al Quinn is the president of UFTA (United Film & TV Artists), so his interest in acting and the support of it is very strong. So much so, he just wrapped the film "Casting" in which he was an actor plus the co-director and producer.
A partial film listing of Mickey Rooney includes "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "The Woods," "Bamboo Shark," "The Last Mile," "Boys Town"...
A partial film listing of Al Quinn includes "Casting," "Light," "Wild Sunflowers," "In Her Shoes," "Unearthed," "Bully"...
To learn more about Mickey Rooney, Al Quinn and UFTA go to specific links. Enjoy photo listing on all the above.
"Rooney died surrounded by his family at his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on April 6, 2014, at the age of 93. Rooney was survived by his wife of 37 years, Jan Chamberlain, as well as eight surviving children, two stepchildren, nineteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Until his death, Rooney was one of the last surviving stars who worked in the silent film era. He was also the last surviving cast member of several films in which he appeared during the 1930s and 1940s." - Wikipedia