On Sunday, the world lost another true Hollywood great. It is with a sad and heavy heart that we announce that legendary actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 after suffering from poor health in the recent months. TMZ was the first to report the tragic news.
By the end of an eight-decade career, which included a multitude of films and television credits, Rooney became an absolute treasure of the entertainment community.
Born in Brooklyn in 1920 as the son of a Vaudeville couple, Rooney made his stage debut before he was even two years old, and continued to grace the big screen throughout his childhood and teen years, playing the memorable and recurring characters of Mickey McGuire and Andy Hardy.
From there, Rooney continued to make his mark alongside screen legend Judy Garland in a series of musicals, ranging from 'Strike Up the Band' to 'Babes in Arms' — for which he became the first teenager nominated for an Academy Award in a leading role.
As years passed, he developed the pattern of being cast in lovable geezer roles, such as in 'Night at the Museum' and earned an honorary Oscar, an Emmy, and two Golden Globes by the end of his impressive and lifelong career.
Rooney's TV credits include 'The Mickey Rooney Show,' as well as the the classic Rankin/Bass animated specials 'Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town' and 'The Year Without a Santa Claus,' where he played the voice of Kris Kringle. He can also be attributed to 'The New Adventures of the Black Stallion' and the 1982 sitcom 'One of the Boys,' opposite Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane.
And while he may now physically be gone, it goes without saying that an entertainment giant such as himself won't soon be forgotten. RIP, Rooney. We miss you already.