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Mickey Rooney Legendary Actor Dies at 93

Mickey Rooney dead at 93 Hollywood legend enjoyed decades of success

Mickey Rooney — the elf-like Hollywood legend whose acting career spanned from silent-era films to the 2011 “Muppets” movie — has died at the age of 93.
Rooney, who was famously married eight times, died Sunday from natural causes.
The actor had been ill in recent months and was the victim of elder abuse at the hands of his stepchildren.
Despite his poor health, Rooney had been working on a film titled “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
In an acting career that spanned over eight decades, Rooney appeared in more than 200 films and countless TV shows. Laurence Olivier once called the 5-foot-3 Rooney, “The greatest actor of them all.”
“When I open a refrigerator door and the light goes on, I want to perform,” Rooney often quipped about his life-long passion for acting.
Born Joseph Yule Jr. in Brooklyn on Sept. 23, 1920, Rooney was raised the son of vaudeville actors, Joe and Nellie Yule.

	Mickey Rooney who stars in "Babes in Arms".
Mickey Rooney starring in 1939's 'Babes in Arms.'

	Mickey Rooney and Sammy Davis Jr.
Mickey Rooney gets a big hug from Sammy Davis Jr.
At age 17 months, Rooney’s parents dressed him in a tuxedo and taught him to perform in their routines.
As a boy, Rooney’s mom convinced Hollywood producer Hal Roach to put her son in the “Our Gang” series, earning $5 an episode.
But Rooney’s first silver-screen break came at the age of 6, when he answered an advertisement for a “dark-haired” boy to perform the role of “Mickey McGuire.” Rooney’s mom applied burnt cork to his scalp and the fair-haired Mickey won the role.
Bruce Willis and Mickey Rooney attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2 in West Hollywood.
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In 1937, Rooney portrayed Andy Hardy in the MGM film “A Family Affair.” He sharpened his acting chops playing opposite Lionel Barrymore.
The movie was a box-office hit and led to 13 more films with Rooney in the role of the lovable Hardy boy.
Also in 1937, Rooney scored his first major film role, teaming up with Judy Garland in “Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry.”
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Mickey Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor star in the movie 'National Velvet.'
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	Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney in a scene from the movie "Stablemates".
	Judy Garland watches as Mickey Rooney shouts on microphone in a scene from the film 'Girl Crazy', 1943. 
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Rooney and Garland would become close friends and co-starred in 10 movies, including the 1939 musical “Babes in Arms.”
“Judy and I were so close we could’ve come from the same womb,” Rooney said in a 1992 documentary.
At age 18, Rooney was awarded a special Juvenile Academy Award for his breakthrough role as a troubled teen in “Boys Town” starring opposite Spencer Tracy.
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, who were close friends.
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland REUTERS/Photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney share a kiss at the 11th annual Academy Awards in 1938.
Rooney’s acting career was interrupted in 1944 when he entered the military. During his 21 months in the service, Rooney mostly entertained troops in America and Europe.
Once out of the military, Rooney picked up where he left off, acting in numerous films, including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and the “Black Stallion.”
He is survived by his eighth wife, Jan, and nine children.

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