Brian Rooney has been appearing on stages across the United States since 1973. His performances have been critically acclaimed in California, Washington, Oregon, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois,and Wisconsin. Having appeared in over 150 plays, he is among the most accomplished performers in the nation. His versatility is evident with a visit to the Production Stills page. Links to many of Brian Rooney's film projects can be found on the Video Clips page. Visit this Home page often to see what is "now playing". Currently, Brian Rooney is residing in Chicago and is an important part of the rich and talented Chicago theatrical community.
SEE BRIAN ROONEY'S DRAMA DEMO REEL -- FOLLOW LINK http://youtu.be/7h0h8QYhBCo
SEE BRIAN ROONEY'S COMEDY DEMO REEL -- FOLLOW LINK http://youtu.be/L_Tvyp7x0rY
SEE BRIAN ROONEY'S IMDB PAGE -- FOLLOW LINK http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2596455/
Links to many films are available on the Video Clips page of this website. Some recent accomplishments are posted below.
Marilyn's Dress was showcased at Sundance Film Festival and appeared on PBS in the special, Taking Park City. No word on other festivals, but it seems inevitable.
Blood On The Plain is now touring the country in search of funding for the feature length version. Links to the trailer and the short are available on the Video Clips page.
Brian finished principal photography on - Tasmanian Tiger, Locust, First Date, Twin Fists, League of Substitute Heroes, Helden The Helpful and Composing in the last few months - look for links to those projects here soon. He is about to film When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star and Polaris in the coming months.
A still from the set of Locust. Brian Rooney stars with Joette Waters in a touching tale of a man with his wheelchair bound wife as they are about to be swarmed in their small isolated cabin home. Will they survive yet another attack?
A screen capture from the film Tasmanian Tiger. Brian Rooney (left) is featured as Mr. Chips who questions Chris (played by actor Chris Mast) in his "office". We'll leave it to your imagination what the topic of discussion might be in this scene. An Indy feature currently in post-production.
Brian Rooney is now a member of Actor's Equity Association.
Now appearing some nights in Chicago's Dinner Detective show.
What the critics have said about Brian Rooney:
"... they conspire against King Alonso and his counselor Gonzolo (a nuanced Brian Rooney)." - Nancy Steele Brokaw - The Pantagraph
"...while equally funny Brian Rooney (Argante) slouches around like Groucho Marx." - Nancy Steele Brokaw - The Pantagraph
"Brian Rooney is another star. His small role is tranformed into a major accomplishment with his rendition of 'On The Street Where You Live.' Rooney projects far beyond the part of love-struck swain and adds another great dimension to the production." - Ann Bennett - Watsonville Register-Pajaronian
"Brian Rooney has moments of droll delicacy that make this show quite a treat." - Murry Frymer - San Jose Mercury
"Brian Rooney emanates more than anything else a likeability, a feeling of comfort with the audience. (He) makes for a fun evening and an amusing start for Rainbow's Festival." - Michael J. Vaughn - Santa Cruz Free Times
"At first, Brian Rooney appears miscast as Pippin's father; however, before long it is hard to imagine Charlemagne as anything other than his wiry and childlike creation." - Kelly Nine - Burbank Leader
"Brian Rooney is an admirable codger as Charles." - Larry Jonas - Dramalogue
"Brian Rooney ably charts Stanley's mental disintegration - moving skillfully from the arrogant listlessness of the opening act to the helpless, gurgling shell of a man in the last act." - Richard Wattenberg - The Oregonian
"Brian Rooney's portrayal of the torn and frustrated production director showed delightful depth and style. His subtleties within the creation of Lloyd Dallas acted as a nice foil for the flamboyant characters that filled the rest of the production." - Helen Anderson - UPFront
"The cast - four male actors playing 25 characters includes the talented Portland performer Brian Rooney, who is as hilarious and loony as the New York actors who tour the show." - Gigi Rosenberg - The Oregonian
"Brian Rooney gives supporting roles from lovelorn secretary Carol Ann to adenoidal Mother Superior a delicious deadpan simper." - David C. Nichols - Los Angeles Times
"The tavern scene pleases the spectators, with Brian Rooney's Old Tom clearly enjoying the scene. Rooney does a great job throughout the play showing Old Tom's character growth well." - Pat B. Fearing - The Coastland Times
"The cast is uniformly excellent, led by Brian Rooney as the emcee, whose role is not unlike another famous emcee from Cabaret." - Addison DeWitt - FreeTimes
"His right hand man is convicingly played by Brian Rooney." - James Harley - The State
"Ben Blazer and Brian Rooney play good cop/bad cop with marvelously layered performances and nuances, making transitions seamless and delightful. These actors are fun to watch and make the show come alive. This is an opportunity to see some outstanding theatre, and the ensemble cast turns an interesting, albeit offbeat, play into a remarkable event that theatre lovers shouldn't miss." - Francee Levin - SCTimes