Aside from his four Oscar nominations for his performances in Babes In Arms (1939), The Human Comedy (1943), The Bold And The Brave (1956) and The Black Stallion (1979), Rooney won a Juvenile Oscar Award in 1939 at the age of 18, and an honorary Oscar recognizing his decades-long career in 1983. He also had box office hits in 1939, 1940 and 1941.
More recently, Rooney appeared in The Muppets in a cameo performance, and also in Night At The Museum.
During his long life, Rooney faced many challenges, including eight divorces and a bankruptcy after going through his massive earnings at the age of 42. However, his career set the standard for small-town American values and he became one of the most iconic performers in film.
The cause of death has not yet been reported. Rooney is survived by his wife Jan and his nine children.
Here's a few celebrity tweets in reaction to Rooney's death:
"I buy women shoes and they use them to walk away from me." RIP
Mickey Rooney. A Hollywood legend.