It is sad and a bit daunting to think about, but all the stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood are dying off. We had Shirley Temple earlier this year, among others, and now we have Mickey Rooney. An absolutely legendary actor who has been in far too many famous movies to even mention here. I would say he is most well known for his insensitive portrayal of an Asian man in the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But to write him off for that would be a mistake. The cantankerous actor made so many great films on either side of that, and should be remembered for those roles, too.
Truth is, Mickey Rooney was the first teenager ever to be nominated for an Oscar and he opened the door for many other young actors to be taken far more seriously in the business. Rooney was 93 at the time of his death this past weekend, and the death is due to natural causes, as he had been having health issues for quite some time. As sad as the news is, we need to look at the bigger picture. Mickey Rooney got to spend his whole life doing something he loved and sharing that with the world. How many of us can say that?
So my sympathies to fans and family of Mickey Rooney. It is a loss that many in Hollywood felt, and many of us felt as well.
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