So sad — one of the biggest icons in Hollywood has passed away. Mickey, a box office giant in the ’30s and ’40s who was also married to Ava Gardner, died of natural causes on April 6. He was 93 years old.
Hollywood has lost one of their biggest legends, one of the first true blockbuster movie stars. Mickey Rooney has passed away from natural causes at the age of 93 on April 6, according to our sister site Variety. Mickey had reportedly been ill for a long time before his death.
Mickey Rooney: Legendary Actor Dies At 93
The pint-sized actor gained an unheralded amount of fame in the late 1930s and ’40s, starring as one of MGM’s biggest attractions in both comedies and dramas.
In total, Mickey acted for eight decades. His prolific career included four Academy Award nominations and two special Oscar honors — the Juvenile Award in 1939, and one for his body of work in 1983. He also won an Emmy for his role in Bill, the touching story about a mentally challenged man, and was nominated for Tony in 1980.
Some of Mickey’s most notable films include the Andy Hardy series, as well as the musicals he starred in alongside Judy Garland like Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, Strike Up the Band and Babes in Arms. “Judy and I were so close we could’ve come from the same womb,” Mickey said in a 1992 miniseries about his life. “We weren’t like brothers or sisters but there was no love affair there; there was more than a love affair. It’s very, very difficult to explain the depths of our love for each other. It was so special. It was a forever love.”
Mickey Rooney’s Personal Life
But just as famous as Mickey’s life in film, was his personal life. Mickey was married eight times — his wives include the legendary actress Ava Gardner, as well as others actresses like Martha Vickers and Elaine Devry. From those eight marriages, Mickey had nine children.
The iconic actor also served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 in the Jeep Theater, travelling all over the globe entertaining the troops and acting as a radio personality on the American Forces Network.
It is so sad to see such a huge figure in Hollywood go, but there’s no doubt that Mickey left an indelible mark on the world — and he will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family during this tough time.
— Andrew Gruttadaro