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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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Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

I enjoyed that little silly segment on 60 Minutes he did where he'd say stupid things like "Computers make it easier to do a lot of things but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done." WTF?? Good riddance ass-stain.

146 days ago
47.

Blonde Ambition    

He had a helluva ride. He will be missed.

If there's a heaven, I hope he'll be reunited with all the pals that went before him.

146 days ago
48.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

R.I.P. Mickey.

146 days ago
49.

Linda Brock Groat    

I spent so many hours watching him he was one of the greats !!!!! He will be missed prayers of comfort out to his family and friends!!!!! Good bye old friend

146 days ago
50.

Bec215    

Hollywood is nothing without stars like Mr. Rooney, Liz Taylor, Greta Garbo, and the like. They made Hollywood famous as much as Hollywood made them famous. Celebrity and Star are two different things - the likes of Mr. Rooney are Stars.

146 days ago
51.

eicarr     

Pete's Dragon was the BOMB yo!

146 days ago
52.

bring back recent posts    

Ugh,sad

146 days ago
53.

Shawn    

Two comedians in one day, sad. Both Mickey Rooney and John Pinette will be missed.

146 days ago
54.

OhWell    

93 Is A Good Run...


R.I.P.
Mickey.

146 days ago
55.

Bob    

there goes the Seinfeld fat guys 15 minutes of fame

146 days ago
56.

Nicoleasm    

So there's the superstitustion that death comes in 3's and this is the 2nd death TMZ has reported today. But then again, there are thousands of people that die almost every hour, so Im not sure what that means. Still, RIP Mickey. I remember him from his most recent work

146 days ago
57.

RaineeDrops    

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

TMZ does anyone proof read? HER? You mean HIM!

Some respect, geez.

What do you guys smoke?

146 days ago
58.

RaineeDrops    

RIP talented actor.

That stinks his step son did that to him, wow.

146 days ago
59.

Verb Your Enthusiasm    

Super sad. I'm only in my 30s, but I used to watch an Andy Hardy movie every Sunday on our local TV station when I was about 10 - such was the timeless quality of some of those films.

On another note, I noticed you guys had this story a full half an hour before anyone else..in fact, most media were reporting "TMZ reports" before they confirmed the story themselves. Good work.

146 days ago
60.

CanadianKanuck    

Andy Hardy was not "Hardy Boys" character

146 days ago
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