Mickey Rooney: 1920-2014

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Mickey Rooney, the actor known for his roles as Andy Hardy and Mickey Moran and for his performances in many entertainment avenues, died yesterday at age 93. Los Angeles Police reported he died from natural causes.

Rooney was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Sept. 23, 1920 as Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. He took his stage name early on for his parents’ vaudeville act when he was just a toddler. Rooney’s career picked up before he was 10. Since then he has starred in films, musicals, Shakespeare plays, Broadway productions and television shows with Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland any many other iconic actors and actresses. He won many awards along the way which consisted of two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, one Emmy and four stars in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rooney also wrote two autobiographies, one in 1965 and the other in 1991, and the novel The Search for Sonny Skies.

Mickey Rooney was in the process of starring in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the time of his death. Rooney will always be remembered for his spunky attitude, legendary performances and his devotion to his career.

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