Showbiz Legend Mickey Rooney Dead at 93

Mickey Rooney DeadLegendary entertainer Mickey Rooney, who amassed an honorary Oscar, an Emmy and two Golden Globes during his remarkable career, has died, TMZ reports. He was 93.

Rooney had reportedly been in poor health in recent months.

Rooney’s TV credits included the eponymous The Mickey Rooney Show and Mickey, the voice of Kris Kringle in the classic Rankin/Bass animated specials Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (see clip below) and The Year Without a Santa Claus, The New Adventures of the Black Stallion and the 1982 sitcom One of the Boys (opposite Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane).

He earned his Emmy for his lead role in the 1981 telepic Bill.

The son of a Vaudeville couple, Rooney made his stage debut before he was two years old, and graced the big screen throughout his childhood and teen years playing recurring characters Mickey McGuire and Andy Hardy.

As he grew into adulthood, Rooney made his mark in a series of musicals alongside screen legend Judy Garland, including Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy and Babes in Arms (for which he was the first teenager nominated for an Academy Award in a leading role).

Rooney was also known for his roles in classics like National Velvet, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Black Stallion, as well as recent parts in Night at the Museum and 2011’s The Muppets.