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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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61.

Mulholland Drive    

RIP - he was among the best in Hollywood - amazing life he led.

146 days ago
62.

CanadianKanuck    

Celebrities and stars are a far cry from actors. Rooney was an true actor more than anything else.

146 days ago
63.

Kabala    

He was so talented and cute - sounds like the last few years of his life weren't very happy because of his jerky stepchildren. RIP Mickey!

146 days ago
64.

Naige    

Andy Hardy and the Hardy Boys were completely different. Andy was not one of the Hardy Boys.

146 days ago
65.

Jody Ferguson    

Andy Hardy was not one of the Hardy Boys, geniuses.

146 days ago
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toddpugz7111    

"Whitey" in Boys Town. great role.

146 days ago
67.

MrAdams    

"The Hardy Boys"
What in the name of all that is holy are you talking about? Mickey Rooney wasn't in any Hardy Boy movies, and Andy Hardy wasn't a Hardy Boy. Don't you people have access to Google?

146 days ago
68.

pudge facker    

This whole write up is complete s h I t. Get you stuff together.

146 days ago
69.

Broncosgirly311    

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

Ummm. Did I miss something?

Anyway, RIP Mickey. Thanks for the laughs.

146 days ago
70.

Starbum    

Thanks for all the good movies Mickey. R.I.P.

146 days ago
71.

Tabitha    

I usually do not point out errors, but he was a he not a her. RIP :/

146 days ago
72.

Observer    

One of the all around great talents.
Acting, singing, dancing, comedy.... the longevity.

Thanks for all the Flavors Mickey

146 days ago
73.

Truth    

SAD... DUDE DIED BROKE AND DESTITUTE CUZ OF HIS FRAUDULENT STEP-SON AND WIFE. HE WAS LIKE 1 OF 3 SILENT FILM ACTORS STILL ALIVE. #TRUTH!!

146 days ago
74.

b    

"He played the role of Andy Hardy in "The Hardy Boys" in 20 films."

He played "Andy Hardy", but it had nothing to do with the "Hardy Boys".

146 days ago
75.

DancingQueen    

Thanks for the memories, take a bow, and enjoy your encore in Heaven. RIP Mickey, Hollywood is more dead than Mickey Rooney is now that's for sure!

146 days ago
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