The world lost another incredible entertainer yesterday, April 6, when Mickey Rooney passed away. He died of natural causes at 93, surrounded by family at his home in North Hollywood.
To some, Mickey Rooney is the child star who played the title character of the Andy Hardy films in the 30's and 40's. To others, he's Henry Dailey from "The Black Stallion" movies or Gus from "Night at the Museum" (2006) or even Todd from "The Fox and the Hound" (1981). Mickey Rooney played and voiced so many characters throughout his life, and yet it's unlikely anyone has seen more than half of his films. This is certainly not due to a lack of fandom, but rather an overwhelming volume of work.
Rooney was one of the last surviving stars to appear in the silent film era and possibly the only actor to ever appear in at least one film over ten consecutive decades.
Mickey Rooney was born into the entertainment industry, and performed beginning from the age of one through until his final days. And though he may always be remembered as Andy Hardy, Henry Dailey, Gus, or Todd..or even that short elderly spitfire who had a knack for getting a laugh, there's a lot to Mickey Rooney people may not know, from activism to tragic marriage affairs to supernatural events.