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Mickey Rooney, Hollywood Legend, Dies At 93

Mickey Rooney, Hollywood Legend, Dies At 93

04/07/2014

Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 93.

Mickey Rooney Dies

The Brooklyn-born Rooney, who got his first acting gig at just 17 months old, is best known for the series of Andy Hardy films that came out in the 1930s. Starring alongside Judy Garland, Rooney became the most bankable actor throughout the Depression-era. Among the Andy Hardy films were, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever, Andy Hardy Meets Debutante and Love Laughs at Andy Hardy.

Following his incredible success at such a young age, Rooney struggled to remain a major player in Hollywood as an adult. In the 50s, there was the short-lived TV series, The Mickey Rooney Show that lasted just two years in which he played Mickey Mulligan. He had another TV vehicle in the 60s titled simply Mickey that lasted for 16 episodes.

Rooney went on to get minor parts in films, such as that of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Henry Dailey in The Black Stallion and Gus in Night at the Museum. He also made TV appearances on Hennessey, The Dick Powell Theatre and Twilight Zone.

The four-time Oscar nominee had been filming Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde – in which he was playing Mr. Louis – at the time of his death. He also had two projects in pre-production – Fragments form Olympus: The Vision of Nikola Tesla and Old Soldiers.

Rooney, who was married eight times throughout his life, is survived by his estranged wife Jan Chamberlin, eight children and 19 grandchildren.

– Chelsea Regan

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