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Hollywood Legend Mickey Rooney Dead at 93

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Brooklyn native and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney died Sunday at the age of 93. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.

From 1939 to 1941, Mickey Rooney was the number one box office star in the world.

His "Andy Hardy" film series made him a household name. But his enduring career, remarkably, spanned 10 decades encompassing stage, film and television.

Born Joe Yule Jr. in Brooklyn in 1920, his parents were Vaudeville performers and their toddler son quickly became part of the act.

At the age of seven, now living in Hollywood, he became well known starring in the Mickey Maguire silent film series. Based on that success he changed his name to Mickey Rooney.

But it was his next movies series, playing the quintessential all American teenager, Andy Hardy, that made Mickey Rooney a movie star.

His famous pairing with another young star at MGM, Judy Garland, was extremely successful. The two made several movies together, most notably "Babes in Arms" and "Strike Up The Band" and in the storylines of their films, more often then not, their characters would put on a show.

Mickey was capable of fine dramatic work as well. He played Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," shared the screen with Spencer Tracy in "Boy's Town" and starred alongside Elizabeth Taylor in "National Velvet."

In the late 1940's, when his star status began to fall, Rooney took roles in several lesser known films and in the 1950's he began to appear on television. He gave a powerhouse performance in the acclaimed TV drama "The Comedian."

Notable film work in later years included appearances in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
and "The Black Stallion," which Rooney claimed was one of his personal favorites and earned him his fourth Oscar nomination.

He won an Emmy for the made for TV movie "Bill," where he played a mentally challenged man.

Mickey Rooney's career was reinvigorated when he starred with Ann Miller on Broadway in 1979 in the smash hit "Sugar Babies."

His height at 5'2" and his eight marriages, including his first to actress Ava Gardner, were often fodder for tabloids and comics.

In 1983, he received an Honorary Oscar when the Motion Picture Academy awarded him a lifetime achievement award.

It was quite a life and an amazing career indeed for the screen legend.

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