TODAY | April 07, 2014
>>> now some sad news out of hollywood this morning. the legendary actor mickey rooney has died following a remarkable career in entertainment that spanned more than 80 years.
>> i'm going to write a show for us.
>> his career spanned a lifetime. a veteran of more than 300 films, mickey rooney loved to act, and he loved the limelight.
>> you never get tired of hearing applause.
>> for rooney , the accolades came early. born joseph yule jr., he began performing at just 7 months old. by the time he could walk, he was a star. his stage name became permanent, as did his place in hollywood history. a young rooney was box office gold.
>> i was the number one star of the world over such greats as the late king gabel and spencer tracy . i was playing in a pretty big ball game at 20, 21 years of age.
>> standing just 5'3", rooney said he felt like a man 6'6".
>> excuse me for running away, betsy.
>> it's all right.
>> his popular " andy hardy " series ran for almost 20 years.
>> get off as fast as you can and jump sure and clean.
>> in " national velvet " he co-starred with elizabeth taylor . rooney shined in what may have been his most memorable role. but he also had his critics. some called this performance in "breakfast at tiffany's" racist.
>> once again, i must protest!
>> through it all, rooney won golden globes , emmys, and later in life, an honorary academy award .
>> if anybody tells you that they aren't thrilled to be nominated for an academy award , you tell them that they're just full of baloney, because it's the greatest thrill that can come to a performer in our business.
>> he was what they used to call in show biz a triple threat . he could sing, he could dance, he could act. and do them all equally well.
>> married eight times with 11 children, rooney 's life wasn't picture-perfect. he made and also lost millions.
>> my name is mickey rooney .
>> he told congress in 2011 he had been a victim of elder abuse .
>> i've been abused, financially, medically. my wife and i have hungered for food at our house.
>> i want success so.
>> but the showman will always be remembered for his long body of work. a legacy that lives on today.
>> that is sad news. he was on this show many times. did some really memorable interviews. for the older among us, he was clearly an icon.
>> i was just thinking, he really crosses many, many generations. because of that longevity. 80-year career in hollywood .