American legendary Actor, Mickey Rooney, (born Joseph Yule jnr, September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) who spent his entire life in the show biz died today at the age of 93..
Rooney had been ill for quite some time but his death was attributed to natural causes. He was one of the most famous child actors in entertainment history. He played the role of Andy Hardy in “The Hardy Boys” in 20 films.
Rooney also teamed up with Judy Garland for “Babes in Arms” which was a massive hit back in 1939. He was the first teenager ever to be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in “Strike up the Band” in 1940.
Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor starred in one of the biggest movies of the 40s — “National Velvet”. This movie launched Elizabeth Taylor’s career. Rooney also starred with Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Rooney’s most recent movie was “The Muppets” in 2011 with Amy Adams and Jason Segal and “Night at the Museum” in 2006 with Ben Stiller.
The Film Actor, Rooney was married 8 times. One of his wives was Ava Gardner.
Rooney’s last years were filled with family worries. He claimed elder abuse at the hands of his step-son Chris Aber and won a $2.8 million judgement against him last year for siphoning money from his accounts.