According to reports by TMZ and Variety today, April 6, 2014, the extremely successful and popular actor, Mickey Rooney, passed way today at the age of 93. Rooney was one of Hollywood’s most dominant actors in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, and he spent nearly all of his life in the public eye.
Rooney, who once said, “I’ve been working all my life, but it seems longer,” worked in the entertainment industry for more than eighty years and was one of the most famous child actors in history. He played the role of Andy Hardy in twenty films, was the first teenager to ever be nominated for an Oscar for “Strike Up the Band,” and he was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award. Although he was marred by financial difficulties later in his life, Rooney’s early work in the “Andy Hardy” films, which he starred in with legendary actress Judy Garland, made him the biggest star in the box office for three years, which helped him bring in more than $150,000 a year before his twentieth birthday.
A versatile and talented performer, Rooney was a star of the big screen and the small screen. Rooney won two Golden Globes, was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars, the Juvenile Award in 1939 and an honorary Oscar in 1983. He also earned four Emmy Award nominations and won one Emmy Award for his role in “Bill” in 1982.
Most recently, Rooney appeared in the 2006 film, “Night at the Museum” and the 2011 film, “The Muppets,” when he was ninety years old. Rooney left behind a long and impressive body of work that spanned nearly ninety years that will continue to entertain audiences for years to come. Rest in peace, Mickey Rooney.