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Actor Mickey Rooney dead at 93

On Sunday, April 6 People.com reported that actor Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93. Rooney was an iconic acting legend who was one of the most financially successful and beloved actors of the early movie studio days.

Mickey Rooney
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Born Joe Yule Jr. in Brooklyn in 1920, the actor performed alongside his parents in stage acts before being taken to Hollywood. At age six, he landed the role of Mickey McGuire in what became seventy-eight short films, which ended with him signing to MGM at age fourteen.

Rooney is most well known for playing the fun loving boy next door Andy Hardy in fifteen different films, usually alongside costar Judy Garland. At age seventeen, Rooney was considered one of the first teen idols and raked in money at the box office.

The actor was just as popular offscreen, gaining major attention for his eight marriages. His first was to Hollywood sex symbol Ava Gardner, which ended in divorce after one year. He married for the final time in 1978 to Jan Chamberlin. Rooney was also part of the armed forces, serving for twenty-one months during World War II until 1942.

Ronney's career spanned ten decades from the 1920s to the 2010s, and was one of the last remaining stars of the silent film era. He was won an Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and was given an Honorary Academy Award. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the 1979 film "The Black Stallion," and performed on Broadway alongside stars like Ann Miller. In 1991, he published his autobiography, "Life Is Too Short."

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