Actor Timothy Hayes Rooney, the son of Mickey Rooney, has died. He was 59.
Family members said Rooney died Saturday at his California ranch after a five-year battle with a muscle disease.
Mickey Rooney says his son should be remembered as “a guy who was smiling all the time and was very happy.”
Rooney suffered from childhood polio that left him paralyzed for two years but he recovered. He was chosen to be one of the original Mouseketeers for “The Mickey Mouse Club” but never appeared on the show, after getting into mischief in the Disney paint shop.
His later career included parts in movies such as “Riot on Sunset Strip” and TV shows ranging from “Dragnet” to “Bewitched.”