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    Mickey Rooney - A Legend Meets His Maker in 2014


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     SteveForster told me, ' I wrote this story because I was quite touched my Rooney's death. Watching "Boys Town" as a kid was a highlight in a year I was happy to see end. '
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    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 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 my eyes, especially in the context of his career. How was he ever going to stay in one place while amassing 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 those golden era actors and ushers out that dynasty. The era that, along with Brando's Wild One gave me my favorite early childhood film.

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

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