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Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) ‘Stop Motion connection’

April 7, 2014

I do not ‘follow’ the acting profession or specific actors. My interest is maybe general, such as if actor does good or bad performance, passed away, or if the ‘celebrity’ made some kind of impact on popular culture. Here is one … a actor-celebrity from the early days of ‘Hollywood’ but still did some acting work up to his more advanced senior age, Mickey Rooney just past away at 93 years.

I am guessing that Mickey Rooney (as actor) might be known to the Baby-Boomers. Many may not be aware that he did the character voice of Kris Kringle aka Santa Claus in the Rankin-Bass puppet stop motion animated holiday classics. His voice work appeared in … Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1970), The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July (1979), A Miser Brothers’ Christmas (2008)

Kris Kringle/young Santa (Mickey Rooney) & Snow Miser (Keenan Wynn)
‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ (1970)

UPDATE – Corrected previous date error to 1920-2014

LINKS: International Santa Claus Hall of Fame Charter MemberVariety mag – Mickey Rooney

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