Mickey Rooney, once the world’s biggest movie star and an enduring icon of Hollywood’s golden age, has died. He was 93 years old.
Reports of Rooney’s death first emerged from TMZ, though his son Michael Joseph Rooney eventually confirmed his passing.
Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith took a death report at Rooney’s North Hollywood home
Though the cause of death is still unknown, the police noted there was nothing suspicious about the circumstances.
Rooney first found fame as a child star. He went on to appear in the popular Andy Hardy series, classics such as National Velvet, Boys Town, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, as well as beside Judy Garland in a number of hit pictures.
In 1938, he was awarded the Academy’s Juvenile Award, preceding four further Oscar nominations for his performances in Babes in Arms (1939), The Human Comedy (1943), The Bold and the Brave (1956), and The Black Stallion (1980). He received his second accolade from the Academy – an Honorary Oscar – in 1983, “in recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.”
From 1939-1941, he was Hollywood’s biggest draw, and by the end of his career he had racked up more than 200 film credits.
Rooney also enjoyed a number of marriages. His first marriage was to Ava Gardner, followed by Betty Jane Rase, Martha Vickers, Elaine Devry, Barbara Ann Thomason, Marge Lane, Carolyn Hockett, and Jan Chamberlin.
Chamberlin and Rooney separated in May of 2013.
He is survived by nine children.