Monday, April 7, 2014

Mickey Rooney ~ September 23rd, 1920 to April 6th, 2014

Mickey Rooney ~ September 23rd, 1920 to April 6th, 2014

Today is a sad day in the entertainment world. Mickey Rooney has died. His was actively acting/performing for 92 of his 93 years. He has one of the longest careers of any actor.

Mickey Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr. to Joe Yule, Sr. and Nellie W. (nee Carter). Mickey Rooney started entertain as a toddler with is parents in vaudeville theater. Young Joe crawled onto the stage while his father was performing. He was in overalls and had a small harmonica around his neck. When his father saw him he picked him up and introduced him to the audience as Sonny Yule. Mickey Rooney said he felt the spotlight on him and has described it as his mother’s womb. From that moment on, the stage was his home.

While Joe Sr. was traveling, Joe Jr. and his mother moved to Brooklyn to Kansas City to live with his aunt. While there Nellie was reading the entertainment newspaper that Hal Roach was looking for children for his Our Gang/Little Rascals. This is when she decided to move young Joe Jr. to Hollywood.

I’ve watched many of early shows on TV as a child. I watched many of his movies as well. Over the years I’ve always enjoy a show with Mickey Rooney in it. He has a way of being a bad boy without being really bad. His smile always makes me want to smile. Yes, present tense as I will always smile when I see his smiling face on the screen.

Mickey Rooney’s Disney rolls include being one of the many voices of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, adult Tod in Fox and the Hound, Lampie in Pete’s Dragon, Movie Mason in Phantom of the Megaplex, Sparky in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure and a small town resident in the 2011 film The Muppets.

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