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Classic star Mickey Rooney dies at 93: His most memorable roles

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Mickey Rooney, the hard-working actor who was once one of the highest paid stars in Hollywood, has died at age 93. The actor, who starred in more than 200 films, is survived by his eighth wife, Jan, and nine children USA Today reports.

He starred in several movies as lovable Andy Hardy, which made him the the biggest box-office draw from 1939-1941. He's also remembered for several "let's put on a show" films with fellow MGM star Judy Garland, including "Babes in Arms" and "Strike Up the Band," as well as "National Velvet" with Elizabeth Taylor.

Rooney, who was born Joe Yule, Jr., received a Juvenile Oscar in 1939 (shared with Deanna Durbin) and was nominated for his roles in "Babes in Arms" (1939), "The Human Comedy" (1943), "The Bold and the Brave" (1956), and "The Black Stallion" (1980). In 1983, he was awarded an honorary Oscar.

He was also known for his many marriages. The first was to Ava Gardner, the eighth and last to Jan Rooney, from whom Rooney separated in 2013.

He never stopped working, with appearances in "The Muppets" (2011) and an upcoming adaptation of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

"I don't retire, I inspire," Rooney said in 2001. "Mickey Rooney is not great. Mickey Rooney was fortunate to have been an infinitesimal part of motion pictures and show business."

A Midsummer's Night Dream
A Midsummer's Night Dream Warner Bros.

A Midsummer's Night Dream

One of Rooney's first roles in Hollywood was as Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1935, co-starring Dick Powell and Olivia de Havilland

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante MGM

Andy Hardy Meets Debutante

Rooney teamed up with Judy Garland for "Andy Hardy Meets Debutante" in 1940. The two remained lifelong friends until her death in 1969.

The Human Comedy
The Human Comedy MGM

The Human Comedy

Rooney received an Oscar nomination for his role as Homer Macauley in 1943's "The Human Comedy," in which he costarred with Frank Morgan.

National Velvet
National Velvet MGM

National Velvet

Rooney co-starred as former jockey Mi Taylor in the timeless 1944 classic with Elizabeth Taylor as horse-crazy Velvet Brown, who pretends to be a boy to compete in the Grand National Steeplechase.

The Bold and the Brave
The Bold and the Brave RKO

The Bold and the Brave

Rooney was Oscar-nominated again for his role as a soldier in this 1956 war drama, co-starring Wendell Corey and Don Taylor. It was set during the 1944 Italian campaign.

Baby Face Nelson
Baby Face Nelson United Artists

Baby Face Nelson

Rooney starred in the 1957 film about the legendary 1930s gangster, directed by Don Siegel. The NY Times review noted, "As Mr. Rooney plays him, or has to, he's nothing more than a rotten, sadistic punk without one redeeming trait."

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's Paramount Pictures

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Rooney's most controversial role was as Audrey Hepburn's landlord, Mr. Yunioshi, in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." He played a stereotypically bucktoothed Asian that has often been cited as one of Hollywood's worst examples of racism. Rooney said fans, even Japanese ones, only told him "you were so funny" in the role.

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Universal

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County

Maybe not a a classic, but a personal childhood favorite: Rooney played "Indian Tom" in this 1970 western comedy, starring Dan Blocker ("Bonanza") as a lonely blacksmith who is tricked into believing the local madame is a newly arrived schoolteacher.

The Year Without a Santa Claus
The Year Without a Santa Claus Rankin-Bass

The Year Without a Santa Claus

Rooney provided the voice of Santa Claus in this beloved 1974 TV classic, in which Santa is so discouraged that he nearly gives up on Christmas completely.

Pete's Dragon
Pete's Dragon Disney

Pete's Dragon

Rooney co-starred as drunken lighthouse keeper Lampie in the 1977 Disney movie "Pete's Dragon," with Sean Marshall as orphan Pete.

The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion United Artists

The Black Stallion

Horse movies and Rooney were a winning combination: He was Oscar-nominated again for his role in 1979's "The Black Stallion" as trainer Henry Dailey.

The Muppets
The Muppets Disney

The Muppets

Rooney had a cameo as "Smalltown Resident" in the 2011 big-screen revival, "The Muppets," starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams.

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