Legendary Hollywood star Mickey Rooney passed away on April 6, 2014, at the age of 93. The short (he was 5 ft. 3 in.) but larger-than-life actor starred in 200+ films, along with many television shows, plays, tours, and specials.
He also did some notable voiceover work, including being the voice of adult Tod in Disney’s 24th animated motion picture The Fox and the Hound (1981). Rooney was the voice of Santa Claus in multiple Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated TV specials, including Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1970) and The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974). He also starred in Disney’s animated/live-action musical Pete’s Dragon (1977).
Rooney was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1983 in recognition of his “versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.” His motto in his later years was “Don’t retire, inspire!”
Do yourself a favor and watch Girl Crazy (available on Netflix) or another one of his movies co-starring Judy Garland and directed by Busby Berkley. It will put a smile on your face and joy in your heart as you marvel at the exuberance and talent of this one-of-a-kind performer.
R.I.P. Mickey. I hope you and Judy are already planning to put on another great show together.