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Old 04-07-2014, 09:02 PM
Martin Timothy Martin Timothy is offline
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Default Vale Mickey Rooney, September 23, 1920 April 6, 2014

Mickey Rooney died Sunday April 6, 2014, at age 93 surrounded by family at his North Hollywood home, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Rooney died a natural death. He was shooting the movie "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" with Margaret O'Brien, at the time of his death.

I started going to the pictures in Adelaide South Australia in the 1950's, as well as Abbott and Costello who I could not stand after sitting thru the full seven minutes of Who's on First, who were on shaky ground after only a few outings in any case.

And such classics as King Solomon's Mines which had full coverage of the Zulu coming of age ceremony, with thousands of teenage girls dancing bare breasted, and the super classic science fiction opus Forbidden Planet, Mickey Rooney was part of the cinematic furniture.

No matter what the main feature was good ol' Mickey turned up on screen, he was a natural from day one and oh boy he showed it.The casting and audition processors who decided the fates of thousands of aspiring actors, granted Mickey the number one ticket.

He was cast as a judge's son in an age where Bolshevism, Beatnikism and Rock and Roll were having an impact on everyone's lives, and Norman Mailer and Jack Kerouac were flagging the way for counter culture and "Gonzo" journalism, Mickey was flying the flag for hard work and honesty.

He always got the girl and if any of his co workers ever tried to steal a scene at any time, his scornful glance was enough to put 'em in their place, his wardrobe was better than everyone else's, while the story lines that started out bad got worse.

Last edited by Martin Timothy : 04-08-2014 at 05:36 PM.
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