Mickey Rooney Dies: Hollywood Legend Was 93

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The man who personified the Hollywood superstar when the studios were the power brokers in this town, Mickey Rooney, passed away today at the ripe old age of 93. Rooney may have been on the smaller end of the height meter, but he was huge in stature.

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Rooney, the hugest movie star in the world in the 1930s and 1940s, was best known for his role in the Andy Hardy movies and was the first teenager to be nominated for an Oscar for his work in Strikes Up the Band. He also appeared in legendary movies that have themselves become iconic, such as Breakfast at Tiffany's

Rooney worked almost constantly over his career, and you can even see him in a 2011 smash hit when you watch The Muppets online.

Hollywood has truly lost one of the icons today. He will be missed. 

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Born in Brooklyn, Mickey Rooney move with his mother to Hollywood in 1925.  Rooney became a child actor when his mom auditioned him for the role of Mickey McGuire in a series of short films.  After Rooney got the job, he was in 78 comedies from 1927 to 1935.  Rooney's next big stint was as character, Andy Hardy after the success of a Family Affair in 1937.  Rooney played Hardy a total of fifteen times, thirteen of which were made between 1937 and 1946.   Other notable roles of Rooney include Boys Town, Babes in Arms, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Requiem for a Heavyweight, and The Black Stallion.

Still working till this day, in 2008, Rooney will be entered into the Guinness Book of Records as the actor with the longest career on both stage and screen.

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