Actor Mickey Rooney Passes Away At Age 93

April 7, 20140 Comments

Award-winning actor and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney who starred in over 300 films and TV programs passed away yesterday, April 6th, at the age of 93. The cause of death has not been released.

Born Joe Yule Jr. in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rooney was only 17 months old when he took to the stage in his parents’ vaudeville act. After adopting the stage name of Mickey Rooney at the age of 7, he appeared in his first film, launching a career that would span nearly his entire life.

When he was a teenager, Rooney played Andy Hardy in the 1937 film A Family Affair. Rooney played the popular character in 14 more films which made him a top star at the box office. During Hollywood’s golden years, Rooney worked with many of the silver screen’s greatest leading ladies, including Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, Judy Garland in Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry and Babes In Arms and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

Rooney was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar in a leading role and received a special juvenile Academy Award in 1938 for Boys Town. He would earn four more Oscar nominations for his work in Babes In Arms, The Human Comedy, The Bold and the Brave and The Black Stallion. He also received an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of his 50 years of versatility” in film. His more recent credits include Night At The Museum and 2011’s The Muppets.

Rooney appeared in dozens of television programs from 1954 to 2009, received two Golden Globe Awards and won an Emmy for the 1981 TV movie Bill. Rooney’s autobiography “Life Is Too Short” was published in 1993. The following year he penned the murder mystery “The Search for Sonny Skies.”

The actor was married eight times and had twelve children. I know I’ll always remember him from 1977’s Pete’s Dragon.

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