AirTalk for April 7, 2014

Remembering Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney

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Actor Mickey Rooney attends the memorial Mass for actor and comedian Bob Hope at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, August 27, 2003 in North Hollywood, California.

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, the once-child star and among the last surviving entertainers of Hollywood’s Golden Age, died Sunday in California at the age of 93.

Rooney’s career began shortly after his first birthday, and includes at least 340 acting credits in movies and television.  He made a name for himself in musicals—such as 1939’s “Babes in Arms”—and powerful dramas like 1938’s “Boys Town.” Rooney is still known to many for his portrayal of Andy Rooney in MGM’s film series in the 30s and 40s.

The 5-foot-2 showman was nominated for several acting Academy Awards—including a supporting actor nod for his role in 1979’s “The Black Stallion”—and several Emmys and Golden Globes.  

Seen most recently on-screen in small roles or cameos in films like “Night at the Museum”  and “The Muppets,” Rooney is considered by many to have been one of the finest actors in cinema history.

What are your favorite memories of Rooney? What did his career mean to you?

Guest:

Leonard Maltin, Film critic, LeonardMaltin.com;  Author, “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide.”


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