Mickey Rooney Dies

Mickey Rooney, the child actor who became the world’s top box office star, has died aged 93.

Born in Brooklyn, he began his career aged 18 months in his parents’ vaudeville act, Yule and Carter, and continued filming right to the end.

In a film and musical career spanning nine decades, Rooney was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for his body of work.

By 1965, Mickey Rooney’s 200 films had earned more than $3bn (£1.8bn).

Sir Laurence Olivier once referred to him as the greatest film actor America ever produced.

Rooney’s death was first reported by US entertainment magazine Variety. The actor is said to have been ill for some time.

Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.

Smith said police took a death report but added that there was nothing suspicious and it was not a police case.

Star Trek actor William Shatner was one of the first to pay tribute to Rooney on Twitter, describing the actor as “one of the greats!”

Broadway star Carol Channing said: “I loved working with Mickey on Sugar Babies. He was very professional, his stories were priceless and I love them all… each and every one. We laughed all the time.”

Rooney was married eight times, including a first marriage to screen beauty Ava Gardner.

He separated from his last wife, Jan, in 2012. They married in 1978.


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