Published On: Mon, Apr 7th, 2014

American film actor and entertainer Mickey Rooney Dead Legendary Actor Dies At 93 VIDEO PHOTOS

Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.; September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014) was an American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances spanned nearly his entire lifetime.

He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Working as a performer since he was a child, he was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s. For a younger generation of fans, he gained international fame for his leading role as Henry Dailey in The Family Channel’s The Adventures of the Black Stallion.

Until his death in April 2014, Rooney was one of the last surviving stars who worked in the silent film era. He was also the last surviving cast member of several films in which he appeared during the 1930s and 1940s.

Mickey Rooney died on April 6. He was 93. (Photo by AP)

Mickey Rooney died on April 6. He was 93. (Photo by AP)

Spencer Tracy And Mickey Rooney In 'Boys Town'

Spencer Tracy grabbing the shirt of Mickey Rooney in a scene from the film “Boys Town,” 1938. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

Judy Garland And Mickey Rooney In 'Andy Hardy Meets Debutante'

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in a scene from the film “Andy Hardy Meets Debutante,” 1940. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

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Mickey Rooney, an award-winning actor and Hollywood legend who appeared in more than 300 films and TV programs, died on April 6, Variety reported. Cause of death was not released. He was 93.

Born Joe Yule Jr. in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rooney was only 17 months old when he took 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.

Rooney was still a teenager when he played Andy Hardy in the 1937 film “A Family Affair.” The popular character, as played by Rooney, would appear in 14 more films and make him a top star at the box office. During Hollywood’s golden years, the five-foot-three cherubic-faced actor 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.”

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in a scene from the film “Andy Hardy Meets Debutante,” 1940. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

Rooney was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar in a leading role and received a special juvenile Academy Award in 1938 after appearing in “Boys Town” with Spencer Tracy. He would earn four additional Oscar nominations for his work in “Babes In Arms,” “The Human Comedy,” “The Bold and the Brave” and “The Black Stallion,” and receive an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of his 50 years of versatility” in film. More recently, he appeared in “Night At The Museum” (2006) with Ben Stiller, and “The Muppets” (2011) starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel.

Rooney’s work in television was no less lauded. He appeared in dozens of programs from 1954 to 2009, received two Golden Globe Awards and won an Emmy for his tender performance as a mentally challenged man in the 1981 TV movie “Bill.”

According to USA Today, Laurence Olivier called Rooney “the greatest actor of them all.”

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Spencer Tracy grabbing the shirt of Mickey Rooney in a scene from the film “Boys Town,” 1938. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)

During World War II, Rooney served for more than 21 months, working as a radio personality on the American Forces Network and entertaining more than 2 million troops. His efforts earned him a Bronze Star, Parade reported.

Rooney’s personal life was was no less notable. Contract disputes with MGM, a bankruptcy and eight failed marriages, including one union to movie star Ava Gardner, made him fodder for the tabloids. And when he filed elder abuse and fraud charges against his stepson Christopher Aber and Aber’s wife in 2011, his name appeared in headlines again. This incident also prompted him to testify before a special Senate committee considering legislation to curb abuses of senior citizens.

Rooney’s autobiography “Life Is Too Short” was published in 1993. The following year he penned the murder mystery “The Search for Sonny Skies.” Rooney was also the father of 12 children.

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