September 23rd 1920 –April 6th 2014
It is with great sadness we report that after a lengthy illness Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has died aged 93.
One of the few surviving stars of the silent film era his career spanned 10 decades.
Born Joseph Yule Jr, in Brooklyn New York he made his stage debut at eighteen months old as part of his parents vaudeville act and never really stopped working until overcome by ill health.
At one time he was Hollywood’s biggest box office star, nominated for four Oscars and winning two, along with two Golden Globes and an Emmy.
Rooney was married eight times and had nine children and 19 grandchildren. His numerous marriages made him the butt of many comedians’ jokes in the 1950s and 60s. He is survived by his current spouse Jan Chamberlin whom he married in 1978.
Only 5’2” tall, what he lacked in stature he made up for in talent. Starting out as a song and dance man, he was equally successful as both a comic and dramatic actor. Overall he starred in over 200 movies. His last role was as recent as 2012.
We offer our condolences to his family and friends.
A small sample of Rooney’s enormous body of work:
The Andy Hardy series (1937 – 1958), National Velvet (1944), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Pete’s Dragon (1977), The Care Bears Movie (1985), Babe: Pig in the City (1998), Night at the Museum (2006), The Muppets (2011)