Published: Monday April 7, 2014 MYT 12:30:00 PM
Updated: Monday April 7, 2014 MYT 1:41:19 PM

Veteran actor Mickey Rooney dies at 93

The actor had been in the entertainment business for almost his entire life.

Pint-sized American actor and comedian Mickey Rooney, who has been acting since he was just a toddler, died on Sunday at 93.

According to reports, the screen dynamo of the 1930s and 1940s best known for his boy-next-door role Andrew “Andy” Hardy, had been ill for some time. However, a cause of death has yet to be determined.

Born Joseph Yule Jr on Sept 23, 1920, Rooney had always been known as a gifted entertainer. He had appeared in countless movies and TV shows, most notably in MGM’s Andy Hardy movie series where he played a wholesome teenager just trying to make it in life. In one of the movies, Andy falls head over heels with a beautiful girl named Betsy Booth, played by America’s sweetheart of that era, Judy Garland.

A year after the movie was released, Rooney and Garland starred in the film Babes In Arms, which is a film version of a popular Broadway musical of the same name. In 1944, Rooney starred with a young Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, the movie that launched the actress’ career.

Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in a promotional picture for the 1938 film, Love Finds Andy Hardy.  

Based on the Internet Movie Database, Rooney had three projects on his plate this year – Dr Jekyll And Mr HydeFragments From Olympus: The Vision Of Nikola Tesla and Old Soldiers.  

Rooney had received several awards including an Emmy for the TV movie Bill (where he played a mentally challenged man) and two special Oscars – the Juvenile Award in 1939 and another in 1983 for his outstanding work in the film industry. He had been nominated four more times in the Oscars for his films.

The actor, who stood at 159cm, had been married eight times and had nine children, one of whom passed away in 2006. He first tied the knot with screen beauty Ava Gardner in 1942; their marriage lasted a whole year. His other wives were Betty Jane Rase, Martha Vickers, Elaine Devry, Barbara Ann Thomason, Marge Lane, Carolyn Hockett and Jan Chamberlin, who survives him (however, they separated in May 2013).

He was once asked if he would marry all his eight wives again. He said, “Absolutely. I loved every one of them.”

Rooney (left) in the 2006 comedy Night At The Museum with veteran actors Dick Van Dyke (centre) and Bill Cobbs. 

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