Mickey Rooney Dies at 93


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Known for being diminutive in height yet tough in character, actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 in the home of his son, where he was reportedly living at the time. The cause of death was not revealed. One of the earliest reports of Rooney's passing came from his son, Michael, who posted on Twitter: "It is with sadness that I say my father has passed today. I loved him and so did the world. He inspired so many. Rip dad. Your son."

Along with a career of playing just about everything including a teenage heartthrob opposite Judy Garland in the Andy Hardy films of the 1930s and 40s, Rooney's personal life was often worthy of gossip. He was married eight times, the first to Ava Gardner and the last time to a singer named Jan Chamberlin. Apparently still married but living apart, Rooney's widow told The Hollywood Reporter that she hadn't seen her husband since last April and only found out about his death from TMZ which was the first agency to report the news. In 2011, Rooney accused Chamberlin's son, Christopher, of elder abuse via withholding medication and food from him. The Rooneys' marriage reportedly reached a settlement in January of this year that made their separation permanent.


Rooney's troubles in the real world should not overshadow his legacy on film. The Andy Hardy series of movies are wonderful to watch and his 1938 role of Whitey Marsh opposite Spencer Tracy in 'Boys Town' is memorable. He had his own TV series in 1954, 'The Mickey Rooney Show,' and another called 'Mickey' a decade later in 1964.


He was one of a several stars to make 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' a madcap successful for the ages, and it is Rooney who voiced Santa Claus in the annual animated delight, 'The Year Without a Santa Claus.' He voiced Santa again in 'Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July' in 1979 and 'A Miser Brothers' Christmas' in 2008. He also appeared in a delightful holiday TV movie, 1984's 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.'

On television, Rooney made the rounds, including an episode of 'The Twilight Zone' where he played a horse jockey with no luck at all. Entitled "The Last Night of a Jockey," the 1963 show features commentary from Rooney on the DVD.

It would take pages to properly chronicle the actor's colorful career and life. He was, in fact, still working at the time of his death, with three projects in some phase of production including 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' with Margaret O'Brien.

Love him or hate him, Rooney was one of a kind, and he is yet another member of that wonderful league of performers who made the golden age of Hollywood great to have left this world behind. Though 93, it feels way too soon.

RIP, Mickey.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...reaking News_now_2014-04-06 20:19:52_knordyke

Great obituary! Rooney was definitively underrated in terms of dramatic talent. His performance in The Twilight Zone was outstanding. He did other excellent work on TV under the pen of Rod Serling, in Night Gallery and the Playhouse 90 play 'The Comedian'.