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Mickey Rooney

Dead at 93

4/6/2014 7:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0406_mickey_rooney_getty2Mickey Rooney, who spent nearly his entire life in show business, died today. He was 93.

Rooney had been in ill health for quite some time.  We're told death was attributed to natural causes.

He was one of the most famous child actors in entertainment history. He played the role of Andy Hardy in more than a dozen classic MGM films.

Rooney also teamed up with Judy Garland for "Babes in Arms" which was a huge hit back in 1939.



He was the first teenager ever to be nominated for an Oscar for his leading role in "Strike Up the Band" in 1940.

Rooney and Elizabeth Taylor starred in one of the biggest movies of the 40s -- "National Velvet" -- which launched Taylor's career.
 
Rooney also starred with Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Rooney appeared most recently in "The Muppets" in 2011 with Amy Adams and Jason Segel and "Night at the Museum" in 2006 with Ben Stiller.



The 5'2" Rooney was married 8 times.  One of his wives -- Ava Gardner.

Rooney's last few years were filled with family strife.  He claimed elder abuse at the hands of his step-son Chris Aber and won a $2.8 million judgment against him last year for siphoning money from his accounts. 

Rooney testified before the U.S. Senate to discuss his personal story of abuse.




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MILK    

LOL!

146 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

RIP

146 days ago
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Cool Papa    

Rest in Peace Mickey.

146 days ago
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daisy     

A long life spent entertaining generations of movie and tv viewers - good for him! RIP Mr. Rooney.

146 days ago
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scott    

RIP

146 days ago
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awards    

RIP Mickey! Thanks for the laughs, eh?

146 days ago
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LisaG    

I remember watching his old movies as a kid. Really enjoyed his work. R.I.P. Mr. Rooney.

146 days ago
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Wow ...    

Oh no!!!! Thank you for your years of entertainment. RIP! My condolences to his family, friends and fans.

146 days ago
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Sarah    

Just watched "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" this weekend and Wiki'd many of the large cast of stars. He was the last main star still alive. Amazingly long career and glad he escaped the abuse he was suffering before his passing.

146 days ago
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Jen    

RIP Sweet Soul.

146 days ago
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paul a.    

RIP ....

What a life. Thanks for the memories......

146 days ago
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CaliCakes702    

I thought he's been dead...

146 days ago
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Truth is    

He was 93 for Christ sakes

146 days ago
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BigSamStewart    

The saddest death of the day is still The Undertaker's streak.

146 days ago
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Rigby    

Noooo! I liked Mickey. Rest in peace. :( sad day.

146 days ago
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