Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney (Real name: John Yule Jr.) died of natural causes on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at their family home in Hollywood, California. It’s time to say goodbye to Rooney, but the 93 years of his life were not wasted on nothing.
Variety was the first to report about the death of the legendary actor. He was known for being a model of a Renaissance Man as he was adept in various forms of entertainment, which he successfully showcased in his ten decades in the entertainment industry.
Rooney was just 18 months old when he started appearing in one of his parent’s Vaudeville acts as a baby in a tuxedo. It was his mother who jump-started his showbiz career. She accompanied him to one of the Hollywood auditions for a role in a short film series that will forever change his life. Despite not having funds for getting his hair dyed black, he got the role of “Mickey McGuire” even when his hair was dyed using burned cork by his mother. The infamous role had landed him more than 70 short films about the adventures of “Mickey McGuire.”
Later on, he started to get several roles that earned him a permanent spot in the industry as a child actor in the 1920s and 1930s. He co-starred with Judy Garland in “Love Finds Andy Hardy,” which was a 15-part movie series. It was followed by several movies including roles in the drama-centered films “Boys Town” and “The Black Stallion.” He had won two special Oscars, two Golden Globes in 1964 and 1981, an Emmy and several nominations from prestigious award-giving bodies.
Later on, he had successfully transitioned to TV with “Bill” in 1981 and “The Adventures of the Black Stallion” in 1993. His notable appearances on film in the last decades were “Night at the Museum” starring Ben Stiller (2006), “The Muppets” (2011) and “Night at the Museum 3” (2014). He was last seen attending Vanity Fair’s Oscars Party in February 2014.
With his stellar resume in Hollywood and almost 200 films, USA Today called him the “Tom Cruise of his time: the No. 1 box-office draw in the country” with his role as Andy Hardy.
Unlike his Hollywood career, it seems he was unlucky when it comes to relationships. His previous wives include Ava Gardner, Martha Vickers, Elaine Devry, Barbara Ann Thomason, Marge Lane, Carolyn Hockett and Jane Chamberlin. His marriage with his last wife was considered as the longest one for Rooney that spanned for 37 years before they separated in 2013.