Mickey Rooney Dies at 93
Born Joseph Yule, Jr., in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rooney began performing as a baby in his parents’ vaudeville act and moved to Hollywood with his mother in 1925 after his parents divorced.
Rooney served in the military in World War II and received a Bronze Star Medal for entertaining troops in combat zones.
Some of Rooney’s more notable film credits include It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Black Stallion and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in which he played stereotypical Asian character I.Y. Yunioshi. His more recent credits include The Muppets and Night at the Museum.
He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1983, as well as a Golden Globe and an Emmy for playing a mentally handicapped man in 1981’s Bill.
Rooney was married eight times, including to Ava Gardner in the early 1940s. He is survived by his estranged wife Jan, as well as nine children, 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.