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    Posted April 7, 2014 by
    SteveForster
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    In Memoriam

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    Mickey Rooney - A Legend Meets His Maker

     

    Whether Mickey Rooney was a believer or not for many is irrelevant. His initial impression he left on me 40 years ago has never left me and today I'm happy he's at peace and grateful for his screen prowess. Those wonderful movies.

     

    45 years to the day after he was born I arrived on the scene. I didn't realise we shared the same birthday until today. As a young boy starting at a new Christian Brothers College, class time used up watching Boys Town was a highlight. By the end of the year it was probably as close as a few of us ever got to a religious experience.

     

    Every film I then saw Rooney in was inevitably compared to Boys Town. And inevitably none surpassed it.

     

    His life outside film never affected me though. His eight marriages totally understandable in the context of his career. How was he ever going to stay in one place and amass well over 300 film credits in a career that lasted 8 decades and saw him acting into his 93rd year?

     

    Mickey was possibly the last of the golden era actors to usher out that dynasty. The era that gave me my favorite early childhood film (along with Brando's Wild One).

     

    We'll miss you Mickey. Thanks for the memories.

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