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Mickey Rooney, legendary actor, dead at 93

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Mickey Rooney, whose acting career spanned more than 80 years, died at the age of 93 on Sunday at his North Hollywood, California home while with his family, according to an ABC News report on Sunday night.

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Mickey Rooney made appearances in more than 300 movies, beginning with silent films in the 1920s and extending into recent times with such moves as “Night at the Museum” and “The Muppets.”

The height of Rooney’s acting career came early in his life when he was making movies for MGM in the 1930s and the 1940s. Back then, his appearances involved singing and dancing. Of his most-noted performances, he was Andy Hardy – the All-American boy – in 15 movies. Also, he was featured with Judy Garland in musicals like “Babes in Arms.”

Mickey Rooney was named Joseph Yule, Jr. when he was born on Sept. 23, 1920. Rooney’s parents were vaudeville actors and their son Joseph first hit the stage as a toddler. Rooney was the film industry’s most successful actor from 1939 to 1941, as he was the movie industry’s biggest draw during those years.

Rooney, who is survived by nine children, was also known for having been married 8 times throughout his life. In 2011, he made headlines when he appeared before Congress regarding abuse of the elderly. Rooney made accusations of elder abuse against his stepdaughter and stepson.

To his credit, he won an Academy Award, an Emmy, and a Golden Globe, as well as having received a “Lifetime Achievement” Academy Award in 1982.

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