Mickey Rooney Death: Liza Minnelli, Other Stars Mourn Celebrated Actor
Award-winning actor Mickey Rooney died at the age of 93 on Sunday, April 6, prompting an outpouring of grief and remembrances from celebrities. Stars including Mia Farrow and Lena Dunham took to Twitter to remember the late Hollywood great, celebrating his prolific career and commemorating his full life.
Rooney, whose film career spanned more than 85 years, is best known for his roles in Breakfast at Tiffany's, National Velvet, and The Black Stallion. He received his first acting credit for the 1926 short silent film, Not to Be Trusted, going on to act in the decades up until his death. Before his passing, Rooney was filming scenes for an upcoming movie called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which is expected to hit theaters later this year.
The famed actor was also remembered for his storied personal life, as he had eight marriages and was the father of nine children. Rooney was notably married to glamorous movie star Ava Gardner in the 1940s and wedded to singer Jan Rooney at the time of his death.
Below, see how stars are remembering and paying tribute to the Hollywood legend.
Liza Minnelli, whose mother Judy Garland was a close friend and frequent costar of Rooney's, released a statement on Monday reading, "Mickey was somebody that everybody loved, but to me he was part of the family. He was one of a kind, and will be admired and respected always."
Mia Farrow tweeted: "RIP Mickey Rooney. We can only be awed and grateful for so many great performances."
Lee Unkrich tweeted: "Mickey Rooney lived a life."
Josh Malina tweeted: "R.I.P. Mickey Rooney. Take down the Hollywood sign."
Ariana Grande tweeted: "You always pass failure on your way to success" - Mickey Rooney #ripmickey"
Piers Morgan tweeted: ""Always get married in the morning. That way if it doesn't work out, you haven't wasted the whole day." Mickey Rooney, who died today. RIP."
Michelle Collins tweeted: "Very sad to hear that Mickey Rooney has died at 93! What a legend look at his CV it's incredible. Proud to have worked on stage with him."
Dominic Monaghan tweeted: "One of the true originators. A trail blazer. Old school legend. He must have had some stories. #MickeyRooney enjoy hyperspace."
Marlee Matlin tweeted: "A lovely man, talented actor & friend, Mickey Rooney has passed at 93. He is with his dear friend Judy Garland putting on shows in heaven."
Nina Garcia tweeted: "I buy women shoes and they use them to walk away from me." RIP Mickey Rooney. A Hollywood legend."
Buzz Aldrin tweeted: "RIP Mickey Rooney. The world will miss you my friend but we will never forget you."
Lena Dunham tweeted: "Mickey Rooney got all the best babes despite being short as hell. #RIP beautiful man"
Wendell Pierce tweeted: "The legend Mickey Rooney has died. He was a favorite before I even knew I wanted to be an actor. Thank you sir and Godspeed."
Julian Lennon tweeted: "R.I.P. Mickey… A true Legend… It was a pleasure to have met you…"
Elijah Wood tweeted: "A legend has passed. Rest in peace, Mickey Rooney."
Gary Sinise tweeted: "Farewell Mr Rooney. Thanks for the many years of great entertainment. God bless."
Richard Roeper tweeted: "The legendary Mickey Rooney is dead at 93. Interviewed him many years ago. He was a hoot."
Brent Spiner tweeted: "Farewell to the Great Mickey Rooney. "He could act the pants off a centipede". The Golden Age officially came to a close tonight."
Jeff Dunham tweeted: "Very sad to hear of the passing of Mickey Rooney. A piece of irreplaceable Americana has left us. #CrazyGenius."
William Shatner tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mickey Rooney. One of the greats!"