Mickey Rooney, whose roller coaster, nine-decade career in show business included vaudeville, silent films, movies, television and Broadway, died April 6 aged 93.
According to an official from the Los Angeles Coroner’s Officer, Rooney died in California, US.
Rooney’s career spanned almost the entire history of motion pictures. He made his first film, the silent “Not to Be Trusted,” in 1926 and followed it up with several shorts based on the “Mickey McGuire” comic strip. He was still making movies nine decades later, including “Night at the Museum” in 2006 and “The Muppets” in 2011.
Born Joseph Yule Jr, he made his stage debut when he was just 15 months old in his family’s vaudeville act.
Rooney got his name from the comic strip character Mickey McGuire, which he played in a series of silent comedy shorts.
As a teenager, Rooney appeared in a number of popular films and by the age of 20, he was earning $150,000 a year.
He was married eight times, most famously to MGM co-star Ava Gardner and had nine children.