Mickey Rooney, one of the last living major stars from Hollywood's Golden Era, the star of the iconic Andy Hardy film series alongside Judy Garland and many other classics (including a nightmarish turn in Breakfast at Tiffany's), one of a dwindling number of actors who appeared on the classic TV series Twilight Zone, a bona fide Broadway star in Sugar Babies and one of the last surviving people to have appeared in a silent film, has died at the age of 93.
Rooney as he appeared in 2014
The pint-sized pip had a colorful life, marrying eight times and writing a tell-all memoir that dished the dirt on his many conquests.
In his declining years, he testified before Congress on the serious issue of elder abuse.
Rooney appeared at an Oscars event just this year, looking exceedingly frail.
The past year has been tough on former child/teen stars, with Deanna Durbin, Shirley Temple and now Rooney passing at ripe old ages.
I've heard he was cantankerous in person, and I remember the furor when he discussed impregnating Ava Gardner, who had an abortion as a result. But in spite of his personal reputation, he was certainly Hollywood royalty. That era is no longer slipping away, it seems to be in freefall.
At the time of his death, Rooney was rumored to have been filming an update of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with fellow former child star Margaret O'Brien, but I can't find any information proving he shot any scenes. I believe his final screen performance was in 2012's The Woods, giving him one of Hollywood's longest-running acting careers (86 years!).
Some of his most famous film, TV and stage appearances:
A Midsummer's Night Dream (1935), A Family Affair (1937), Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), Boys Town (1938), The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1938), Babes in Arms (1939), Girl Crazy (1943), The Human Comedy (1943), National Velvet (1944), The Bold and the Brave (1956), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Twilight Zone episode (1963), Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970 TV special, three others as well), Pete's Dragon (1977), Sugar Babies (1979—1988, Broadway and tour), The Black Stallion (1980), Bill (1981 TV movie), The Adventures of the Black Stallion (TV series 1990—1993), Night at the Museum (2006) and The Muppets (2011).