Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dead at 93

The screen star had been acting since the 1920s

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93.

The actor, who was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, passed away yesterday (April 6) in California, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

Rooney’s first film was the silent short Not to Be Trusted in 1926 and he was one of the most recognisable faces of the golden age of Hollywood, appearing alongside Judy Garland in a host of films, including Love Finds Andy Hardy, Strike up the Band and Babes on Broadway. During 1939-1941, Rooney was the United States’ top box office draw, reports CNN.

The diminutive actor, who stood at 5″2′, was married eight times. His first marriage was to fellow actor Ava Gardner. He is survived by his eighth bride, Jan Rooney, who he married in 1978.

Mickey Rooney was nominated for four Academy Awards and received a juvenile Oscar in 1939 and an honorary award in 1983, which was given to him “In recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances”.

Rooney was one of the few surviving film stars left from the silent era.