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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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76.

Grammar Cop    

Uhh...don't look now, crack research staff, but Mickey Rooney played Andy Hardy, not one of the Hardy Boys.

136 days ago
77.

Michele    

Idoits! He wasn't Andy Hardy from the Hardy Boys, do your research!

136 days ago
78.

Jan    

Loved this "fresh faced" guy and the movies....was a fantastic actor.

136 days ago
79.

Carl    

RIP. Probably was the first true child star. While it is sad he is gone, he did make into his 90s, and his last few years were rough, so it probably was just his time.

136 days ago
80.

William Foresman    

Sad, another icon...

136 days ago
81.

Lucky_130    

He was also on a pretty cool episode of the Twilight Zone, and Night Gallery. Mickey was a great actor

136 days ago
82.

Cheryl     

It's sad to see him go, he had a long life. Btw TMZ...they were Andy Hardy movies, not Hardy Boys, two entirely different things.

136 days ago
83.

Bobo LaTuque    

Mickey Rooney did indeed play Andy Hardy, but not in any "Hardy Boys" series. He was the star of the "Andy Hardy" movies.

136 days ago
84.

TheTruthIs    

A Legend. R.I.P.

136 days ago
85.

BeiberVegasHoHo    

Phuckin family stealing his $$$ b4 he died.., sick kid

136 days ago
86.

Cam    

Andy Hardy and the Hardy Boys have NOTHING in common.

136 days ago
87.

oh really     

Rest in Peace Mickey.... It really broke my heart , to hear how he was treated as an elderly person , and it was so important that he spoke out ..Even elder abuse could happen to someone so famous.
Great entertainer.

136 days ago
88.

JCW    

Umm... The Andy Hardy series of films and the Hardy Boys were not one in the same.... Sort of an amateur slip for an entertainment gossip website.... I could use work, drop me a line and we can prevent these embarrassing
Issues in the future.

136 days ago
89.

CatM    

"The Hardy Boys"??? Are you effing kidding me???

136 days ago
90.

oh really     

And yes, I did just notice the "Hardy Boys " reference, which is wrong :((
Maybe TMZ should have gone with "Boys Town" so they wouldnt get confused..That was another classic.
Maybe Harvey should put his teeth in , and call his staff up and correct this .
Kinda disrespectful, not to get a obituary notice correct

136 days ago
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