Mickey Rooney — the elf-like Hollywood legend whose acting career spanned from silent-era films to the 2011 “Muppets” movie — has died at the age of 93.
Rooney, who was famously married eight times, died Sunday from natural causes.
The actor had been ill in recent months and was the victim of elder abuse at the hands of his stepchildren.
Despite his poor health, Rooney had been working on a film titled “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
In an acting career that spanned over eight decades, Rooney appeared in more than 200 films and countless TV shows. Laurence Olivier once called the 5-foot-3 Rooney, “The greatest actor of them all.”
“When I open a refrigerator door and the light goes on, I want to perform,” Rooney often quipped about his life-long passion for acting.
Born Joseph Yule Jr. in Brooklyn on Sept. 23, 1920, Rooney was raised the son of vaudeville actors, Joe and Nellie Yule.
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