07/04/2014 03:33 BST | Updated 07/04/2014 07:59 BST

Mickey Rooney Dead: Former Child Actor Dies Aged 93

Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93, TMZ reports.

The former child actor passed away on Sunday night at his home in North Hollywood following a long bout of illness, though his death is attributed to natural causes.

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Mickey Rooney, circa 1952

The legendary star began his long career when he was less than 18 months old, following in the footsteps of his parents who had a vaudeville act.

Mickey’s first film role was at the age of six, when he appeared in ‘Orchids and Ermine’, though he will be best remembered for his role as Andy Hardy in ‘A Family Affair’, a role he reprised in over a dozen other films over his lifetime.

His career in show business spanned over eight decades, with the actor still continuing to perform long into his 90s, most recently making a cameo appearance in the 2011 film ‘The Muppets’.

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Mickey, whose motto was: "Never retire but inspire"

Over the course of his vast career he appeared in films alongside industry legends like Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor, with Sir Laurence Olivier once referring to him as: “The greatest actor of them all”.

During his lifetime he was nominated for four Academy Awards, and received the ‘Academy Honorary Award’ in 1983 for his impressive body of work.

He was married eight times, and fathered nine children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.

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