Legendary actor Mick Rooney – who starred in over 300 movies – has died. He was 93.
Rooney died of natural causes on Sunday.
Rooney’s showbiz career spanned over 91 years, beginning from the time he made his first film debut while still 15-months old. From there he went on to become one of the most popular actors of the 1930s and 40s for starring in the Hardy Family movie series and also helped launch Elizabeth Taylor’s career by their work in the movie National Velvet.
Rooney was also the first teenager ever to be nominated for an Oscar, and he was voted America’s number one box office draw in 1939, 1940, and 1941.
After World War II however, Rooney experienced a downward spiral due to his inability to find a good paying job. He started spending recklessly – especially on gambling and alcohol – and got married 8 times.
But his life normalized in the 1970s after he gave up drinking and became a born-again Christian. He then married his 8th and final wife, country singer Jan Chamberlin, before starring in Sugar Babies – the series that resurrected his career.
Rooney’s most recent works include A Night at the Museum (2006) and 2011’s The Muppets. He was scheduled to appear in two more productions.
Rooney is survived by his wife and nine children.