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Hollwood's Golden Age actor and legend Mickey Rooney dies

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Legendary Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney has died. The actor, who started out as a child star died, Sunday, April 7 at age 93. Rooney's former manager Kevin Pawley confirmed the his death to The Hollywood Reporter late Sunday.

Rooney was the last surviving star of Hollywood's 1930s Golden Age He made more than 200 films during his career, including "Boys Town" and "The Black Stallion." He burst onto the silver screen when he was 6 years old. He played Mickey McGuire in 78 film shorts based on the old Toonerville Trolley cartoons from 1927 until 1933. He changed name from Joe Yule to Mickey Rooney in 1932 and five years later, at age 17, captured the role that would define him for the rest of his career: the feisty teen-about-town Andy Hardy, with a cheeky grin, irresistible boy-next-door charm and plenty of romantic mishaps.

Rooney also had other roles, including a problem child in "Boys Town" opposite Spencer Tracy in 1938 and he co-starred in the 1939 musical "Babes in Arms" with longtime collaborator and pal Judy Garland, who he co-starred with in 10 films.

He played a horse trainer in 1979's "The Black Stallion" and returned to the stage in the 1979 Broadway spectacle Sugar Babies, which earned him a Tony nomination. Rooney won two honorary Oscars, the first in 1938, the second in 1982. In 1981, Rooney won an Emmy for playing a mentally challenged man in the TV movie "Bill," and in 1983 the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awards honored him with a special Oscar in recognition of his 50 years in fims.

Mickey Rooney, 93 is survived by his eighth wife Jan, and nine children. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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