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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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31.

Jennifer    

Another legend is gone.

179 days ago
32.

franklyspeaking    

WoW what a life..

179 days ago
33.

Ed    

Andy Hardy was not a Hardy Boys set of shows. Andy Hardy was supposed to be the son of Judge Hardy, a small town judge. The movies were centered around the typical problems of a teen boy growing up.

179 days ago
34.

Joe    

Who cares about Mickey Rooney? Why hasn't TMZ posted the breaking news about Undertaker's streak ending tonight at Wrestlemania? That's bigger news than this garbage.

179 days ago
35.

Whocares    

rIP

179 days ago
36.

dee    

Such a wonderful amazing Actor he was Rest in peace Mr. Mickey Rooney Never forget a Legend

179 days ago
37.

FerrD    

Rest in peace...

179 days ago
38.

donkeybutts    

One of the Great actors if all time! He will be sadly missed! RIP Mickey!

179 days ago
39.

Sascatchulokino    

He was married 8 times? That's almost one wife every decade of his life!

179 days ago
40.

VictoriaGirl    

Really TMZ, you're reporting on someones death and you cant even bother to proofread BEFORE posting? For future reference, Mickey Rooney was a him, NOT a her.

179 days ago
41.

EnquirerLover    

RIP old buddy. At least now he is reunited with many of his true friends. What a celebration in heaven he must be having tonight.

179 days ago
42.

moe    

RIP Mickey--you were truly a classic!

179 days ago
43.

nancy    

Mickey Rooney was Andy Hardy but not in The Hardy Boys. His movies had titles like Andy Hardy Meets a Movie Star or Life with Andy Hardy. You need someone older on your staff that remembers this stuff and can guide you in the right direction. The Hardy Boys were brothers who solved mysteries and the old Mickey Mouse club ran a series on the show.

179 days ago
44.

Chris    

His talent was unlimited. You think it's hard now to be discovered, try the thirties. Good job, Mr. Rooney. Thanks.

179 days ago
45.

kingcarl    

Who cares?

179 days ago
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