Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93
Prolific child actor-turned-Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has died at age 93, TMZ reported late Sunday night.
The diminutive triple threat, eight times married — once to Ava Gardner — starred in Tinseltown classics The Hardy Boys, Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band, National Velvet and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Rooney, as gifted in drama as he was in comedy and popular on both stage and screen, was nominated for four Academy Awards. He won two special Oscars: the Juvenile Award in 1939 and one in 1983 for his body of work, which spanned eight decades. (He starred in The Muppets in 2011.) Rooney also won an Emmy for the made-for-TV movie Bill and was nominated three other times, Variety reports.
Born Joseph Yule Jr. in Brooklyn, Rooney filed for bankruptcy in 1962 after blowing through $12 million, and in 2011 testified that his stepson Chris Aber committed elder abuse. Rooney won a $2.8 million judgment against Aber last year for taking money from his accounts.
LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told the Associated Press that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday at his North Hollywood home.