6 April 2014 9:34 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93.

The actor - who is best known for playing Andy Hardy in the MGM film series between 1937 and 1946 - died of natural causes after a long battle with ill health, according to TMZ.

Rooney's career in showbusiness spanned 80 years and more than 200 films alongside the likes of Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

At the age of 17, he began his role as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair, before starring in 13 more movies in the series and a final instalment in 1958.

The actor also gained recognition for parts in Boys Town and The Black Stallion, as well as winning two honorary Oscars in 1938 and 1982.

Sir Laurence Olivier once referred to Rooney as "the greatest actor of them all".

He was born in Brooklyn on September 23, 1920 by the name of Joe Yule Jr and made his first stage appearance at 17 months »


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