Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies aged 93

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney - who starred alongside Judy Garland in four films and appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany's - has died aged 93, Los Angeles Police said.

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Hollywood pays tribute to Mickey Rooney

Following the death of 93-year-old Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, stars including Kick-Ass' Chloe Grace Moretz, Videodrome star James Woods and Jackass' Johnny Knoxville paid tribute:

Rooney's many marriages gave him a lot of material

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney was known for many things - singing, dancing, acting ... and his eight marriages.

Rooney was famously married to Ava Gardner in 1942 when she was a 19-year-old up-and-coming actress and he was 21, much to the chagrin of MGM studios.

Mickey Rooney was famously married eight times. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

His marriages provided plenty of material for his jokes, with comments including: "Always get married early in the morning. That way, if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted a whole day.

"I'm the only man in the world with a marriage license made out to whom it may concern."

But in a more sombre moment, Rooney said, "Nobody's proud about having eight wives ... You're supposed to marry your childhood sweetheart and go off into the sunset ... saying, 'It's forever, darling.' It doesn't work out like that and every marriage and every divorce are like a five-car crash."


Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland 'were magic together'

Mickey Rooney, who has died aged 93, was best known for his boy-next-door role in the Andy Hardy movies.

It was in the film Love Finds Andy Hardy that Rooney first worked with Judy Garland, who was on the verge of hitting the big time with The Wizard of Oz.

Rooney and Garland more Hardy movies together and in 1939 were cast together in Babes in Arms, a Busby Berkeley musical about two struggling young entertainers that earned Rooney, then 19, an Oscar nomination.

We weren't just a team, we were magic," Rooney said in a stage show about his life.

Mickey Rooney: From child star to Hollywood legend

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney, who has died aged 93, played plethora of roles on stage and screen over his long career.

Mickey Rooney starred in Sugar Babies on London's West End in 1988. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images
Mickey Rooney and Jan Rooney at the film premiere of Night at the Museum in New York. Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer
Mickey Rooney even played Baron Hardup in a 2009 pantomime production. Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire


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