Apr 6, 2014 09:10 PM
Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died on Sunday of natural causes. He was 93.
Rooney, whose prolific career spanned eight decades, got his start in the industry as a child star in the 1920s. He's best known for playing Andy Hardy in the 20 Hardy Boys films and starring opposite Judy Garland in 1939's Babes in Arms.
He was the first teen to ever be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in 1940's Strike Up the Band. He was nominated for three more Academy Awards and received two special Oscars. At one point in his career, he was the nation’s biggest box office draw for three straight years.
He teamed up with another now-iconic leading lady, Elizabeth Taylor, for his first adult role in National Velvet. The 1944 film launched Taylor's career. In another ionic performance, Rooney played Audrey Hepburn's Asian neighbor in 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's.
The icon also ventured into TV, starring in The Mickey Rooney Show as an actor trying to break into the movie industry. He won an Emmy for his TV movie Bill and was nominated on three other occasions.
However, Rooney made his acting debut on stage in his family’s vaudeville act at 15 months of age. He was ultimately nominated for a Tony in 1980 for the musical Sugar Babies.
More recently, he appeared in The Muppets in 2011 and Night at the Museum in 2006. He will next be seen in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it bows in theaters on Oct. 4.
Rooney, who married eight times, is survived by his children Mickey Jr., Michael, Jonelle, Teddy, Kimmy Sue, Kelly Ann, Kerry and Jimmy.