Mickey Rooney: The Passing of a Legend

In my family, there are some actors who make an impact. Guys or gals who we see onscreen and make us smile. For us, Mickey Rooney was one of those actors. Whether playing the kid version of Clark Gable (!) in Manhattan Melodrama, sipping sodas with Judy Garland/Lana Turner/Ann Rutherford (take your pick) in Love Finds Andy Hardy, pounding the drums in The Strip, trying to fly a plane with Buddy Hackett in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, preening in his underwear in front of a full-length mirror in Pulp or singing “Life’s a Happy Song” with the other residents of Smalltown in The Muppets, Rooney could do it all. We’ll miss Mickey’s unique charisma. He was one-of-a-kind.

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