According to the L.A. Times, actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 due to natural causes. Rooney had a staggeringly long acting career, which spanned 92 years. He debuted on the vaudeville stage when he was a toddler, and was recently in Vancouver shooting a part for Night at the Museum 3. He came to fame as a child actor in the 1930s and 40s in the popular “Andy Hardy” films. Although Rooney’s fame never hit this height again, he continued to work, play a diversity of roles. He also acted on stage (he was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway debut in Sugar Babies) and television (he won an Emmy in 1982 for playing the title role in Bill). He also received two honorary Oscars, in 1938 and 1982.
Although he also had a turbulent personal life (eight marriages, nine children, various addictions, and suffering elder abuse), Rooney’s enduring career in the unforgiving trenches of Hollywood is a triumph. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.