7 April 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Mickey Rooney, the Hollywood actor who spent his entire life in showbusiness, has died aged 93.

Born Joseph Yule Jr in Brooklyn, his parents included him in their vaudeville act when he was just 18 months old.

After his mother moved him to California, his first film role as Mickey McGuire came when he was six, in Orchids and Ermine, and he starred in a string of ‘Mickey’ movies that stretched into the 1930s.

In 1937, he took the part of Andy Hardy in A Family Affair under his new name, Mickey Rooney, and the box office hit led to another series of films that lasted eight years and famously paired him with Judy Garland.

Alongside serving in the Second World War, Rooney starred in international hit National Velvet with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944.

The actor had starred in 200 films by 1965, which had earned more than $3bn ($1.8bn) worldwide. But he was also declared bankrupt, with much of »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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