Another legend has left us. Perennial cinematic fireball Mickey Rooney passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Timothy worked with him in Francis in the Haunted House (1956). Interestingly enough, Rooney wrote in his autobiography that he had virtually no memories of the making of this film. How could he forget being carried around by Tim? (I’m being facetious; you’ll see why in a moment.)
Rooney, born Joe Yule, Jr. in Brooklyn, made his stage debut in his parents’ vaudeville act at the age of 17 months. He made his first film, a short, in 1926. He was working on a new version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when he passed. That’s an 88-year film career, ladies and gentlemen. Eighty-eight years. Let that sink in for a moment. Better minds than I will be writing better tributes to him and his brilliant career than I ever could, so I leave you to them. I’ll just say rest well and thank you, Mickey.