Sad news: Mickey Rooney, child star turned legendary film and TV actor, died Sunday at 93, according to People. Mickey was in bad health for a long time, and his death is attributed to natural causes by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Department. When he died, he was surrounded by friends and family.
Mickey got his start as Andy Hardy in The Hardy Boys, where Mickey starred in 20 films. In 1939, he starred alongside Judy Garland in Babes in Arms, and was the first teenager to ever be nominated for an Oscar for his role in 1940’s Strike Up The Band. He then went on to star in National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor and Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn, two films that have become iconic in pop culture.
More recently, Mickey can be seen in 2011’s The Muppets and 2006’s Night at The Museum where he plays watchman Gus.
Mickey, who grew up in Brooklyn, started acting on screen at age 6, although he made his stage debut in his parents’ act as a toddler. He was married 8 times, including once to a 19-year-old Ava Gardner. He married his final wife, Jan Chamberlin, in 1978.
With over 340 film credits to his name, Mickey will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.