By Shelley Marsden
HE wasn’t Irish as his name suggests, but Mickey Rooney – who has died aged 93 – was well known for the Irish roles he played.
Famous for his portrayal of all-American teen Andy Hardy in around twenty films, Rooney died on April 6, 2014.
The pint-sized firecracker of the big screen had reportedly been ill for some time, and died with his family around him at his North Hollywood home.
Mickey Rooney was actually born Joseph Yule in Brooklyn, son of a Protestant Scot from Glasgow.
He had an early introduction the entertainment business, his parents including him in their vaudeville act when he was only 17 months old.
‘Joe’ became “Mickey” and got the role of a boy called Mickey McGuire for 78 comedies adapted from the Toonerville Trolley comic strip, running from 1927 to 1936, starting with Mickey’s Circus, released September 4, 1927.
As an adult, he went on to star with Judy Garland in the 1939 movie musical Babes in Arms, with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944’s National Velvet, and had over 340 acting credits to his name.
The actor was married a total of eight times, the first to silver screen star Ava Gardner. He is survived by his eighth wife Jan, and nine children.