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Interview with John Allen on remembering movie connection to Mickey Rooney

"Bamboo Shark"
"Bamboo Shark," Image courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

On April 7 2014, celebrity lookalike and actor John Allen shared on the loss, and a movie memory, of actor Mickey Rooney. The iconic legend died on April 6. He was 93. See listing below of a fraction of Rooney's 100 plus films.

John Allen, out of Delray Beach, Fla. is a celebrity impersonator and lookalike to Sean Connery's James Bond. Here is a video link on Allen as Bond. Allen has also been a part of a film project that involved Mr. Rooney. Enjoy that film, "Bamboo Shark" trailer.

John, what is your connection with Mickey Rooney?

"I'm the Associate Producer and an actor and celebrity lookalike in the film "Bamboo Shark" (2011) that myself and others, including Mickey Rooney, were a part of."

Did you meet Mr. Rooney?

"No, regrettably I never got to meet him, as the film was shot in many locations. My scenes were different than his. I shot in Philadelphia."

That must still be cool, though, you both being in the same film, right?

"Yes, that is cool that I can say I'm in the same film as Mickey Rooney. I did see his performance, and he lit up the screen. He did a wonderful job!"

Since Mr. Rooney's death, which is only hours ago, has anyone else asked you about your "connection" with him?

"Yes, many have been contacting me. As you can imagine, my phone and email have exploded today with the sad news about the loss of Mickey Rooney. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him. Mickey was one of a kind and a true Hollywood legend."

Do you have anything special to share about Mickey Rooney?

"Not a story of my own, but here is one from the director of the film, Dennis Ward...

'There are so many stories I could share about him (Rooney), but I choose this one. After spending multiple days on the set directing him, I decided to personally drive him to the airport to see him off. When we pulled up, he asked me to get a wheelchair for him. I flagged down someone, got his luggage out of the car, and turned to shake his hand goodbye. Mickey looked at my hand and said, 'You're crazy if you think I'm tipping you.' And with that he turned around and rode off into the distance. R.I.P. Mick.'" - Dennis Ward, Director of "Bamboo Shark" (submitted by John Allen)

A partial filmography list of Mickey Rooney includes "The Voices from Beyond," "Bamboo Shark," "Night at the Museum," "Creole"...

Promo for movie "Bamboo Shark"
Promo for movie "Bamboo Shark" Image courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

Promo for movie "Bamboo Shark"

Mickey Rooney and John Allen, among many others, were in this film "Bamboo Shark."

More on Rooney:

In 2011, Rooney made a brief cameo appearance in The Muppets and appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories. - Wiki

Young Actor Mickey Rooney
Young Actor Mickey Rooney Photo: Wiki

Young Actor Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney was an American film actor and entertainer. He died at 93.

Rooney's acting life included film, television, and stage appearances that spanned nearly his entire lifetime.

John Allen as 007
John Allen as 007 Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

John Allen as 007

Allen as Bond was part of this event. It was held in Tanglewood in Lenox, and it was called the Tanglewood [British] Motorcar Festival.

There were over 300 classic cars exhibited on the lush hills of beautiful Tanglewood.

Mickey Rooney, all smiles!
Mickey Rooney, all smiles! Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Mickey Rooney, all smiles!

Here is Mickey Rooney, all smiles as usual!

Rooney was in over 100 films, and one of them was called "Bamboo Shark."

This iconic legend will be missed. He died on April 6, 2014 at 93.

"Daniel Craig and Sean Connery" Bonds
"Daniel Craig and Sean Connery" Bonds Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

"Daniel Craig and Sean Connery" Bonds

Here are a couple of 007s who, in celebrity style, are James Bonds.

Russell Kozlosky portrays Craig's Bond.

John Allen, white tux, as Sean Connery's James Bond is a professional lookalike.

Allen is an actor as well and executive producer of "Bamboo Shark."

Mickey Rooney with fellow actors
Mickey Rooney with fellow actors Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Mickey Rooney with fellow actors

Having fun with Mickey Rooney are Carl Reiner and Billy Crystal.

They attended The Academy of Motion Pictures and Science's The Last 70mmAMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 9, 2012.

John Allen as Bond on set
John Allen as Bond on set Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

John Allen as Bond on set

John Allen works in film and TV and is a model as well.

Here he is on a set posed as the one and only Bond, James Bond.

This 007 is a natural!

Judy Garland with Mickey Rooney in 1938
Judy Garland with Mickey Rooney in 1938 Photo: Wiki

Judy Garland with Mickey Rooney in 1938

Mickey Rooney received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award.

Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s.

For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel's The Adventures of the Black Stallion. - Wiki

John Allen at a "James Bond Car Event"
John Allen at a "James Bond Car Event" Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

John Allen at a "James Bond Car Event"

According to John Allen"

"I mostly work as a celebrity lookalike, and I am best known for doing that, looking like Sean Connery. However, like Connery, I am an actor as well."

Rooney in 1941
Rooney in 1941 Photo: Wiki

Rooney in 1941

Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr. in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. His father, Joe Yule (born Ninnian Joseph Ewell), was from Glasgow, Scotland, and his mother, Nellie W. (née Carter), was from Kansas City, Missouri.

Both of his parents were in vaudeville, appearing in a Brooklyn production of A Gaiety Girl when Joseph, Jr. was born. He began performing at the age of 17 months as part of his parents' routine, wearing a specially tailored tuxedo. - Wiki

007 at Bond Car Show
007 at Bond Car Show Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

007 at Bond Car Show

John Allen as Sean Connery's James Bond was at the Tanglewood [British] Motorcar Festival.

There were over 300 classic cars exhibited on the lush hills of beautiful Tanglewood.

Guests enjoyed additional excitement when bad guys, martini bars and Q's many gadgets were added to the mix.

John Allen as handsome 007
John Allen as handsome 007 Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

John Allen as handsome 007

Allen travels quite a bit due to his work as Bond, James Bond.

His career as a celeb impersonator sometimes finds him overlapping with his gigs.

This "007" finds himself in different locations all over the country, flying from one "mission" to another just like the real Bond!

007
007 Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

007

John Allen, a James Bond lookalike to Sean Connery out of Delray Beach, Fla., is a ringer for Sean Connery's 007.

He has been featured in many events including some in Miami, Gainesville, Boca Raton and Puerto Rico.

Allen continues to take an active part at all these events portraying Sir Sean Connery's OO7 and more!

Rooney during war times in 1945
Rooney during war times in 1945 Photo: Wiki

Rooney during war times in 1945

In 1944, Rooney enlisted in the United States Army. He served more than 21 months, until shortly after the end of World War II.

During and after the war he helped entertain the troops in America and Europe, and spent part of the time as a radio personality on the American Forces Network and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones.

In addition to the Bronze Star Medal, Rooney also received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal for his military service. - Wiki

Red Skelton with Rooney on his show
Red Skelton with Rooney on his show Photo: Wiki

Red Skelton with Rooney on his show

Here Mickey Rooney is on "The Red Skelton Show."

The show was in 1962.

Rooney made a successful transition to television and stage work. In 1961, he guest-starred in the 13-week James Franciscus adventure–drama CBS television series The Investigators. In 1962, he was cast as himself in the episode "The Top Banana" of the CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams. - Wiki

John Allen's 007 - Mission Unstoppable
John Allen's 007 - Mission Unstoppable Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

John Allen's 007 - Mission Unstoppable

This James Bond lookalike to Sean Connery has portrayed the iconic actor and Bond character for 15 years.

Obviously someone out there, many fans out there that is, think John Allen looks the part, and he does!

Final work of Mickey Rooney
Final work of Mickey Rooney Photo: Wiki

Final work of Mickey Rooney

In 2003, Rooney and his wife began their association with Rainbow Puppet Productions, providing their voices to the 100th Anniversary production of Toyland!, an adaptation of Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland. He created the voice for the Master Toymaker while Jan provided the voice for Mother Goose.

Since that time, they have created voices for additional Rainbow Puppet Productions including Pirate Party, which also features vocal performances by Carol Channing.

On May 26, 2007, he was grand marshal at the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival.

Rooney made his British pantomime debut, playing Baron Hardup in Cinderella, at the Sunderland Empire Theatre over the 2007 Christmas period. It was a role he reprised at Bristol Hippodrome in 2008 and at the Milton Keynes theatre in 2009. - Wiki

"James Bon and Marilyn Monroe"
"James Bon and Marilyn Monroe" Photo courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

"James Bon and Marilyn Monroe"

This James Bond lookalike to Sean Connery has portrayed the iconic actor and Bond character for 15 years.

"Marilyn" is a wonderfully looking celeb as well!

Obviously someone out there, many fans out there that is, think John Allen looks the part, and he does!

Marvin Kaplan and Jonathan Winters with Mickey Rooney
Marvin Kaplan and Jonathan Winters with Mickey Rooney Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Marvin Kaplan and Jonathan Winters with Mickey Rooney

Here is Mickey Rooney, in hat, with actors Carl Reiner, Marvin Kaplan and Jonathan Winters.

They were in attendance of a special event on July 9, 2012.

"Bamboo Shark" poster
"Bamboo Shark" poster Image courtesy of John Allen, used with permission

"Bamboo Shark" poster

Several MIT students drop out of school to make a movie and quickly realize that no one will ever take them seriously without a big name star.

As a result they decide to fool everybody by using celebrity impersonators. - "Bamboo Shark" synopsis