Mickey Rooney lived 93 years and left a lasting legacy of talent and fine comedic, musical and dramatic performances. Although he received two honorary Oscars, he never received a Lincoln Center Film Society tribute or similar honors, and was certainly more deserving than some of the recipients; now it's too late. But he had a legion of fans who will always remember him as one of the most talented players in Hollywood and on the stage [the long-running Sugar Babies].
Some of Rooney's more memorable performances were in Judge Hardy and Son; Little Lord Fauntleroy; Reckless; and a memorable episode of Night Gallery, among many, many, many others. Rooney was one of those performers whose presence added to the quality of a good movie, and who was often the best or only noteworthy thing in a bad one.
Farewell to a real trouper!