News that the legendary actor Mickey Rooney has died has saddened Hollywood fans worldwide. The Wall Street Journal reported on April 7, 2014, Rooney is dead at 93. Rooney has been described as a short actor who had a very long career.
In 1939 Rooney was the biggest box-office draw in Hollywood. Over the next 70 years he worked hard to maintain his popularity. Rooney was in more than 200 films and he was nominated for four Oscars. He began his career in the silent era and he appeared in movies in every decade until the 2010s.
Rooney will always be remembered as that 7 year old street-wise Irish kid when he first started out. When he jettisoned off to fame as the teen Andy Hardy, the Academy Award committee noted in his special juvenile Oscar citation that he brought to the screen "the spirit and personification of youth."
Variety reports Rooney was one of MGM’s largest box office attractions in the late ’30s and early ’40s. He died in his home in North Hollywood on Sunday. This guy was the consummate entertainer who sang, danced
and did drama and comedy well. He once commented “I’ve been working all my life, but it seems longer.” Rooney surely will be missed.