Mickey Rooney, whose vast career spanned from the mid-twenties all the way up to the current decade, has passed away at the age of 93. Sources confirmed Rooney’s passing to Variety, although no cause or exact date of death was given.
Rooney first gained fame as a teenage actor in the 1930s and ’40s, starring in films such as Babes in Arms with Judy Garland, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He received a special honorary Oscar in 1939, and another in 1983. Among his vast filmography, Rooney is well-known for his part in the ensemble comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and for his supporting role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s as a Japanese caricature (the characterization has not aged well). Rooney was working as recently as 2011, with his last major appearance being a cameo in The Muppets.
Elsewhere, Rooney received an Emmy for his work in the CBS miniseries Bill in 1981. He has also been honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — one each for his work in film, television, and radio.
Rooney was married eight times over the course of his life. He is survived by his wife Jan Chamberlin, whom he married in 1978, as well as eight children from his numerous marriages.
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