I learned something earlier today that actually made me gasp.
Mickey Rooney is dead.
The first time I ever saw Mickey Rooney was in a Disney Channel Original Movie called Phantom of the Megaplex, where he played a man who, if I recalled correctly, loved old movies a lot and acted like he worked there, though he really didn't. For a while, it seemed that he might have been behind everything, but the whole time I was watching I didn't believe that simply because he was so nice. And I was right.
Perhaps, looking back, it was because I recognized his voice. Mickey Rooney was in Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, as Flip the Clown.
Ironically, looking at the list of films he did, there's a lot he was in that I have, in fact, seen, but, at the time I watched them, I had no idea who he was. So these two will remain, in a way, my "firsts" of him; the first time I saw him, and the first time I heard him that I would be able to easily recall.
Prior to his death, he was filming scenes for Night at the Museum 3, though what they will do now is unknown. Perhaps it says something, however, that he was working to the last.
Mickey was also great friends with Judy Garland. He once said, "Judy and I were so close we could've come from the same womb. We weren't like brothers or sisters but there was no love affair there; there was more than a love affair. It's very, very difficult to explain the depths of our love for each other. It was so special. It was a forever love. Judy, as we speak, has not passed away. She's always with me in every heartbeat of my body."
With this, and everything else I've seen just by watching his films, in my mind, Mickey Rooney will always remain a passionate man who hopefully enjoyed every role he ever had, had a great sense of humor, whose career in film spans decades.
I always said that, if Mickey Rooney died, he would be one of the ones I would react to. And I was right.
So goodbye and good night, say hi to Judy for us, because she is for sure waiting for you.
And know this, with every film people watch, you too, will never really pass away.
From the mourning heart of a fan, I love you, Mickey Rooney.