Shortly after taking his first steps Mickey Rooney began his acting career. He was 18 months old and the location was Chicago's Haymarket Theater. A few months later he was appearing in his first film. Over the course of his career, he has starred in more than 300 movies, over 100 television shows and dozens of theatrical productions.
On May 30th he opens at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
The guy who has been in front of the footlights since he was infant has respect for the light bulb invention. "Without it, you're in the dark."
The song and dance man has seen his own career and life go through some dark spells, managing to see the light at the end of the tunnel when, almost twenty-five years ago, he married Jan, his eighth and current wife, and found God.
He discovered God through an angel who appeared in the form of a busboy with brilliant golden hair and while clearing away the plates told Rooney to straighten up his life and assured him that "God loves you." Shook, Rooney discovered that nobody else in the crowded restaurant had seen that busboy. "I realized that the busboy was an angel sent from heaven. He was telling me to clean up my act, straighten up my life and become a good Christian again."
Rooney did, but it wasn't easy for the man who is now a practicing Christian Scientist.