Hollywood Legend Mickey Rooney Dies Aged 93

The veteran Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93, police in Los Angeles have said.

Mickey Rooney & Ava Gardner

Rooney, whose career began as a child star in the 1930s, had been ill for some time, US entertainment media said.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died on Sunday at his North Hollywood home.

Mr Smith said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr on September 23, 1920, in New York.

He rose to fame as the plucky lad in the Andy Hardy film series of the late 1930s and early 1940s.

He also had notable turns as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935) and in National Velvet (1944), opposite Elizabeth Taylor, as well as MGM musicals with Judy Garland.

Rooney more recently appeared in the 2006 comedy Night At The Museum, and in the 2011 movie The Muppets.

Credited with performances in more than 200 films, Rooney was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1982 for lifetime achievement.

He was also known for his colourful private life which included eight marriages.

“He was undoubtedly the most talented actor that ever lived. There was nothing he couldn’t do,” actress Margaret O’Brien said in a statement.

She said she had worked recently with Rooney on the yet-to-be-released film, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, and he “was as great as ever” during the filming.

Actress Rose Marie, a long-time friend, said he was one of the greatest talents show business had ever had. “I shall miss him and the world shall miss him,” she said in a statement.

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  • rickdavis

    An amazing actor! He will be surely missed!

  • Suzy52

    By far one of the best actors produced by hollywood, perhaps not as handsome as gable or grant, but he certainly brought a great deal of character to the roles he played!!! RIP!

  • Georgina

    His movies used to make me so happy when I was young – I even show them to my grandkids who absolutely adore them and him! We’ll miss you Ronney but will always have your movies to remember you by!!!

  • Jazelle

    One of my favourite actors and a dying breed among hollywood’s ‘elite’. He will be missed!

  • MrTASH

    How he ever managed to marry Ava Gardner is beyond me!!! She was way out of his league and he was tiny! Having said that he did have a great sense of humour and an amazing personality although this marriage only lasted a week!!!!

    As an actor though, he’ll always be remembered alongside great names such as Grant, Cagney and Cotton!