Legendary actor Mickey Rooney dies at age 93.
“Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend with one of the longest careers of any actor in American film, has died. He was 93.
Born Joe Yule Jr. in Brooklyn to two vaudeville veterans, Rooney debuted on the silver screen aged six and appeared in more than 300 films. The irrepressible showman’s prolific career on stage and screen spanned eight decades and earned him four Academy Award nominations and two special Oscars,” quoting NBC News.
Teaming with his eighth wife, Jan, off-Broadway in 2004 for a musical look back at his career called, fittingly, “Let’s Put On a Show,” on-tour where they traveled to Yelm for a performance, my wife & I in the audience.
“I always say, ‘Don’t retire inspire,'” Rooney told The Associated Press in March 2008. “There’s a lot to be done.”
Who here attending his performance will ever forget Rooney’s delightful cadre of jokes, stories and song when he performed in Yelm and signed autographs almost a decade ago?