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"...