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Mickey Rooney dead at 93; his career spanned nearly his whole life

Mickey Rooney
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Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died on April 6, 2014. He was 93.

According to Variety: "He is survived by wife Jan Chamberlin, a singer he married in 1978; son Mickey Rooney Jr. from his marriage to singer Betty Jane Rase; son Theodore Michael Rooney from his marriage to actress Martha Vickers; daughters Kelly Ann Rooney, Kerry Rooney and Kimmy Sue Rooney and son Michael Joseph Rooney from his marriage to Barbara Ann Thomason; and daughter Jonelle Rooney and adopted son Jimmy Rooney from his marriage to Carolyn Hockett. A son, Tim Rooney, died in 2006."

Mickey Rooney was married eight times. His first wife was actress Ava Gardener. Chamberlin was his last wife.

Born as Born Joseph Yule Jr. in New York City, Rooney had his first acting role as a baby. He was a child star who rose to fame in such movies as "Manhattan Melodrama," “Ah Wilderness,” “Little Lord Fauntleroy,” “Captains Courageous” and “Boy’s Town."'

In addition to starring in movies throughout his long career, Mickey Rooney also starred in numerous TV shows and theater productions.

He was nominated for four Academy Awards and won two honorary Oscars: one was the Juvenile Award in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin), and the other was in 1983 for his career.

He was also nominated for four Emmy Awards and won one Emmy Award: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special for the 1981 TV-movie "Bill."

Mickey Rooney's last major public appearance was at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif.