Monday, 7 April 2014
A Tribute to Mickey Rooney
I found out this morning that legendary actor Mickey Rooney died at the age of 93. I'll confess that I mainly knew him by name, and had only seen the man himself in a handful of movies, but I respected his talent. There was no doubt he could act, and he did have a variety of characters.
The film I've often found myself identifying him with is Breakfast at Tiffany's, where he plays a character that would probably be considered a racist stereotype by modern standards. Even with the glasses and buck teeth, however, I always find that every time I see the film I still enjoy his performance and can't help but laugh at his slapstick antics, not to mention he plays really well off of Audrey Hepburn.
There is no doubt Mickey Rooney was good at humor. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World saw him play a very different sort of character who gets into equally hilarious situations, especially after he gets stuck at the controls of the plane while the pilot is passed out drunk in the back.
I can't find much to say about Mickey Rooney as an actor or as a person. What I can say is he was a great actor with a lot of talent that was put to excellent use. According to IMDB he was even still acting before he died, playing a part in a still-upcoming adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which is quite impressive given the span of his career.