Rooney, who was one of the biggest box office stars of the movies’ studio era, had reportedly been ill for some time. TMZ did not give a cause of death and a spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Rooney, who spent almost his entire life in show business, teamed up with Judy Garland in the 1939 movie muscial “Babes in Arms.” He also starred with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944′s “National Velvet,” which launched Taylor’s career.

He had more than 340 acting credits to his name and had one of the longest careers in Hollywood.

Rooney was best known for his role as Andy Hardy, the popular all-American teenager, which he portrayed in about 20 movies.

He was married eight times, the first time to screen beauty Ava Gardner. Asked once if he would marry all his eight wives again, he said, “Absolutely. I loved every one of them.”

He is survived by his eighth wife Jan, and nine children.

Edited by Bonnie Malkin

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