Andy Rooney's Son Speaks: 'He was amazingly in-character his entire life'
And, according to his son, Brian Rooney, the man viewers saw on their television screens each Sunday night, was the same man his family saw around their home.
"I always tell people it's the same act that ran at the other end of the dinner table," Brian who is a former ABC News correspondent, told CBS' The Early Show in an interview Monday. "He was amazingly in-character his entire life. ... I think there are so many people in television these days who have adapted this character in order to make themselves popular, and he became popular just by being himself."
The newsman was also known for his love of his job, working up until a month before his death.
"Yeah, he said, 'I am going to work until I die,'" Brain revealed. "And now, his death is somewhat of a coincidence. There was nothing that we knew of so severely wrong with him back in September. But he didn't ever want to quit. He was his work. But it just reached a point where he really needed to say good-bye to a television audience. You have to know when to leave the stage. My father probably stayed a little bit too long. But with some encouraging, we said, 'Time for a graceful good-bye.'"
Watch the full interview below.