Actor Mickey Rooney, who became the United States\’ biggest movie star while still a brash teenager in the 1930s and later a versatile character actor in a career that spanned 10 decades, died on Sunday. He was 93.
Rooney\’s career began in the early 1920s as an infant with his vaudevillian father and spanned all media — from silent movies to Broadway to television.
Rooney\’s trademark was his energetic song and dance performance. Shouting the much parodied line "Hey kids! Let\’s put on a show," Rooney and co-star Judy Garland danced through a series of high-spirited teenage musicals including Girl Crazy and Babes in Arms.
Rooney played his best-remembered character — small-town teenager Andy Hardy — in a series of films in the 1930s that for a time made him the most popular movie star in the world.
Rooney proved to be as skilled at dramatic parts as comedy and dance. He played a jockey in National Velvet, a World War II soldier in The Bold and the Brave, and a disloyal boxing manager in Requiem for a Heavyweight.
He was nominated for four Academy Awards for acting and won two special Oscars and was a regular on television dramas and comedy shows.
Rooney\’s off-screen life was as colorful as his career. He never grew taller than a bit more than 153 centimeters. He was married eight times, declared bankruptcy in the 1960s after years of gambling and unpaid taxes, and had to rebuild his career more than once — but he never retired or stopped performing.