Mickey Rooney Dies at 93


Amanda Edwards/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) Veteran actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93, KABC has confirmed.

No cause of death has been announced.

Rooney appeared in more than 200 movies during a career that spanned decades and included four Academy Award nominations.  He most recently appeared in 2011’s The Muppets.  He also appeared in Ben Stiller’s Night at the Museum in 2006.

Rooney was a huge big box office star in the late 1930s and 40s in films that included the Andy Hardy series, National Velvet, Boys Town and Babes in Arms. Judy Garland was among his leading ladies.

Rooney received two special Oscars: a Juvenile Award in 1939 that he shared with Deanna Durbin, and one in 1983 for his body of work.

He won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of a mentally-challenged man in the 1981 made-for-TV movie Bill.  He received three additional Emmy nominations during his career.

Rooney was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1980 for his performance in the musical revue Sugar Babies, opposite Ann Miller.

In 2011, Rooney appeared on Capitol Hill and told a Senate committee on aging that for years he suffered elder abuse, silently, but couldn’t muster the courage to speak up.  Rooney testified that his money was taken and misused. He urged Congress to make elderly abuse a specific crime.

The actor was married eight times, most famously to his MGM co-star Ava Gardner.   He is survived by Jan Chamberlin, his wife of 36 years, and eight children from his many marriages.

Rooney was once asked by ABC News if he worried about getting older. “Age is nothing but experience, and some of us have more experience than others,” he replied.

When asked once what he wanted as his epitaph, Rooney said just two words: “I tried.”

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