Best known for his role as Andy Hardy in twenty The Hardy Boys movies, Mickey Rooney was one of the biggest box office draws during the 1930s and 1940s. Rooney had reportedly been ill for some time, and TMZ announced the news of his passing Sunday evening, though reported the cause of death was ‘natural causes’. Los Angeles Police later confirmed the report.
In 1940, Rooney became the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar for his role as Jimmy Connors in Strike Up the Band. Well known for his 5’2″ pint-sized height, Rooney also starred in National Velvet, Breakfast at Tiffanys and The Adventures of the Black Stallion to name just a few. His career spanned over 90 years, having started in the industry at the tender age of 2 years old.
His most recent notable roles were appearances in the 2006 hit Night at the Museum and 2011 film The Muppets, but Rooney’s vast filmography is too long to mention. He remained active until his death at the age of 93, and had a staggering eight wives during his life span.
With a number of honours, two Golden Globe awards and an Emmy, Rooney’s illustrious career will be remembered forever.