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Mickey Rooney through the eyes of a kid from the 70's

by Greg Belfrage

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney died at 93 over the weekend. He made over 200 movies, including the popular Andy Hardy film series.

However, I'm from a generation of 70's TV viewers who will always remember Rooney best for giving life to Kris Kringle in Santa Claus is Coming to Town . Rooney brought warmth and joy to the role and you couldn't help but love his characterization of Santa in his early years.

One Rooney movie that got a lot of play on television back in the 70's was It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World . I loved the hilarious antics of Rooney and Buddy Hackett as they're flying a small charter plane while the intoxicated pilot, Jim Backus, is out cold.

And who could forget Dana Carvey's hilarious portrayal of Mickey Rooney during a "Theatre Stories" sketch on Saturday Night Live ? "I was the number one child star...in the world!"

Rooney leaves behind an incredible legacy of movie and television performances that will be enjoyed for many years to come. God speed, Mickey.

Greg Belfrage ( @belfrageshow ) is heard 6am-9am on KELO 1320 AM and 107.9 FM. Greg can be contacted at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com.