He was only 1.60 meters small – and in Hollywood, but a really big one: Mickey Rooney began as a child star, shone as a rascal and was still standing in 2006 before the camera. Now, the U.S. actor died, he was 93 years old.
Now he is still assigned: For years Mickey Rooney had motto “Do not retire – inspire”. He did not want to put to rest themselves, but inspire the audience on. But now the Hollywood legend died. According to U.S. media reports, Rooney died on Sunday at the age of 93 years. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that his family was with him when he died at his home in North Hollywood.
The diminutive actor was already in 1926 as a freckled tot in silent films before the camera. With the film series “Andy Hardy” Rooney came as a rascal in the thirties to early fame. In the Oscar-winning film “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, he appeared as a 15-year-old on the side of James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland as Puck.
Mickey Rooney was in the years 1939-1942 the biggest box-office magnet in Hollywood. He excelled in musicals of Busby Berkeley, played alongside Judy Garland, with whom he had a close friendship, as well as with Elizabeth Taylor, the “Little Girl, Big Heart” was his co-star in the box-office success. But even more serious roles were to him as “hotshots” from 1938 showed where he played a young boy who is brought from the priest, played by Spencer Tracy back to the right path. In 1939 he received a special Oscar for child stars.
“I spent 30 years as a 14-year-old”, Mickey Rooney later said about his commitment to the role rascals. It did not help sure also that he was already fully grown at 1.60 meters height. 1943 Rooney appeared to his military service, he entertained the troops at the front. When he returned, he found that his career had made a serious kink and he only got a few offers.
Later, Rooney was in productions such as ” No Entry ” (1952) with Bob Hope, “So they all end ” (1957) as a gangster Baby Face Nelson and as a Japanese neighbor in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1960 ) seen with Audrey Hepburn. Altogether he appeared in over 200 films. In 1982 he was awarded an Oscar for his life’s work . Four times he had opportunities to win an acting Oscar , including for his role as a coach in the movie ” The Black Stallion ” (1979) , but each time he drew the short straw .
Even in retirement thought Mickey Ronney not quitting . In 2006, he played an upgraded into early retirement night watchman in the Ben Stiller comedy ” Night at the Museum ” . With 90 years he was with his program “Let’s Put On A Show” on tour in North America.
Born in 1920 as Joe Yule Jr. performer was married eight times . His first marriage brought a lot of attention with it : In 1942 he married his fellow actress Ava Gardener – the marriage lasted only a year. The last , with the singer in January Chamberlin, whom he married in 1978 , held the longest. She survives Mickey Rooney, who had been ill for some time. With his death, one of the longest careers in Hollywood has come to an end .
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