In Memoriam Mickey Rooney September 23, 1920 – April 6, 2014

For over nine decades, Mickey Rooney had an iconic career and profound effect on Hollywood as a superstar and prolific artist. As the last star of the silent film era, he successfully transitioned into television and stage and became an international celebrity.

Statement from Mickey Rooney’s family:
“Mickey passed away from natural causes at the age of 93. Two years ago he requested through the Superior Court to permanently reside with his son Mark Rooney and Mark’s wife Charlene. With them he finally found happiness, health and a feeling of safety and was able to enjoy life again. In an effort to provide Mickey with a better life, Mark and Charlene reunited him with both old and new friends. Even someone of Mickey’s iconic statue was quite star struck and was extremely thrilled to attend Vanity Fair’s Oscar party recently. Just last week Mickey was ecstatic when they surprised him by reuniting him with one of his great loves, the race track. There they spent time with Mel Brooks and Dick Van Patten. He had exceptional care and a new lease on life. Recently, Mickey was proud to be part of Night at the Museum 3 with Ben Stiller. He had the time of his life and the utmost respect for the cast and crew. Mickey was finally enjoying life as a bachelor and the morning of his death they spoke of all their future plans. He loved the business he was in and had a great respect for his fellow actors. He led a full life but did not have enough time to finish all he had planned to do.”

Mickey with Mark, Stacey, Joey and Anna Roesler

Statement from CMG Worldwide CEO Mark Roesler:
“We have lost one of greatest talents of all time. Mickey was a rarity among actors, which was evident by his ability to reinvent himself with his numerous character roles. He was a dear friend and long time client. I have fond memories of the quality time he spent with me and my family a few years ago when he came to Indianapolis to perform in a play. I will deeply miss his enthusiasm for life and his gregarious personality.”