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Mickey Rooney: 1920-2014

Mickey Rooney: 1920-2014

Mickey Rooney, a beloved show biz legend, died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 93.

The actor had reportedly been in ill health for quite some time.

Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr., in Brooklyn New York in 1920, and he followed in his parents Vaudevillian footsteps at a mere 17 months.

His eventual career would span nine decades, as many different generations grew up knowing him for different roles, starting as "Mickey McGuire" and traveling through other iterations, such as "Andy Hardy," his lasting name "Mickey Rooney," and more.

The youngest generation is likely most familiar with Mickey with his cameo in the 2011 "Muppets" movie.

Rooney separated from his most recent wife in 2013 after 35 years of marriage.

 

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