Hollywood lost one of its most beloved actors. He entertained us with his charm, his playful nature, heartfelt roles and slapstick comedy for nearly a century, but, on Sunday night, Mickey Rooney died at the age of 93, leaving behind a legacy of films and famous friendships. He is survived by his eighth wife (yes, that number between seven and nine), and nine children. Laurence Olivier once called the late Rooney "the greatest actor of all time."
Rooney has appeared in more than 200 films over his long career, and early fans probably know him best as Andy Hardy in MGM's Hardy Boy flicks. He took home two honorary Oscars, one in 1938, and another in 1982.
Rooney will be remembered for his spunk and sense of humor, a trait the Fox network didn't find too funny in 2005, when they banned his Super Bowl commercial for a cold remedy. The ad featured the elderly actor's bare bum, and though the network didn't appreciate Rooney's particular taste in comedy, thousands of Americans from the Depression to today sure did. When jobs and security were hard to come by, laughs (amply supplied by Rooney), were something to cherish.
Rest in peace Rooney. We'll miss your infectious smile and silly sense humor.