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Mickey Rooney 1920-2014

The actor-singer-dancer may have been short of height, but he loomed tall with his enduring talent.

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Mickey Rooney

FILE - Entertainer Mickey Rooney is shown in this May 1987 file photo. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)
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Little man

FILE - Child star Mickey Rooney poses for a promotional photo at age 5 in this photo dated about 1925. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)
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Putting on a show

FILE - Child actor Mickey Rooney, 7, is shown as a performer in this undated photo. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 Young Mickey Rooney

All-American boy

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. American actor Mickey Rooney as a child, circa 1930. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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Dotted line

Thirteen-year-old actor Mickey Rooney is shown reading his movie contract before signing the document as his manager Harry Weber looks on in Los Angeles, Ca., on Sept. 18, 1934. Rooney will receive $150 per week from the movie studio. (AP Photo)
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Judy Garland Cooper Lewis Rooney

Gang's all here

Judy Garland, Jackie Cooper, Diane Lewis and Mickey Rooney, from left to right, attend a ball game in Hollywood, Ca., on July 24, 1936. (AP Photo)
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 Rooney And Tracy

Good boy

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. American actors Mickey Rooney, as Whitey Marsh, and Spencer Tracy (1900 - 1967), as Father Edward J. Flanagan in 'Boys Town', directed by Norman Taurog, 1938. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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MICKEY ROONEY SPENCER TRACY

On the ropes

Mickey Rooney is against the ropes as Spencer Tracy stands by him in this scene from the 1938 movie "Boys Town." Tracy plays the part of Father Flannigan in this film. Actor at center is Frankie Thomas. (AP Photo)
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BABES IN ARMS, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, 1939

Tuning up

BABES IN ARMS, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, 1939
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 Rooney & Garland On CBS Lux Radio Theater

Dynamic duo

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. American actors Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) pose behind a microphone, a script in hand, during the CBS Lux Radio Theater broadcast of 'Strike Up the Band,' Hollywood, California, October 28, 1940. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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Mickey Rooney & Ava Gardner

True Hollywood glamour

American actor Mickey Rooney and his first wife American actress Ava Gardner (1922 - 1990) shortly before their wedding, January 1942. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Pfc. Mickey Rooney, former film star, imitates some Hollywood actors for the entertainment of infantrymen of the 44th Division of the U.S. Seventh Army, April 24, 1945. Rooney is a member of a three-man unit making a jeep tour to entertain troops in Germany. (AP Photo)

Boots on the ground

Pfc. Mickey Rooney, former film star, imitates some Hollywood actors for the entertainment of infantrymen of the 44th Division of the U.S. Seventh Army, April 24, 1945. Rooney is a member of a three-man unit making a jeep tour to entertain troops in Germany. (AP Photo)
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Hi-yo, Silver!

From left to right: Butch Jenkins, Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney sit on the horse "National Velvet," which is the same name as the film the three appear in, 1945. (AP Photo)
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 Taylor & Rooney Dance Together

Come dancing

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. British-born teenaged actress Elizabeth Taylor dances backstage with American actor Mickey Rooney, Los Angeles, California, February 3, 1947. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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Actress Martha Vickers and Actor Mickey Rooney pose together in Hollywood, Ca., on January 21, 1949. The couple is engaged, however the bride will not be free to wed until late summer when her divorce from publicist A.C. Lyles is final, while Rooney 's divorce from Betty Jane Rase is scheduled to become final in May.  (AP Photo)

Third time around

Actress Martha Vickers and Actor Mickey Rooney pose together in Hollywood, Ca., on January 21, 1949. The couple is engaged, however the bride will not be free to wed until late summer when her divorce from publicist A.C. Lyles is final, while Rooney 's divorce from Betty Jane Rase is scheduled to become final in May. (AP Photo)
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 The Mickey Rooney Show

Ooh, la la!

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. THE MICKEY ROONEY SHOW -- "Double Trouble" Episode 104 -- Pictured: Mickey Rooney as Jacques Devereux -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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Atten-hut!

FILE - Actor Mickey Rooney is shown in this file photo as G.I. Dooley in the 1956 Hollywood movie "The Bold and the Brave." According to The Associated Press, Monday, April 7, 2014, Rooney has died at age 93. (AP Photo/File)
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Tell the truth

FILE - Actor Mickey Rooney portrays "Pinnochio," in this September 1957, file photo. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)
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BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, Mickey Rooney, 1961

Controversial role

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, Mickey Rooney, 1961
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 Twilight Zone

End of the line

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 25: Twilight Zone episode 'The Last Night of a Jockey', written by Rod Serling. Mickey Rooney as Grady. Originally broadcast on October 25, 1963. Frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
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Full of Hope

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CHRYSLER THEATRE -- "Kicks" Episode 4 -- Aired 10/13/1965 -- Pictured: Mickey Rooney as Lefty Duncan -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 NBC Follies

Back to school

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. NBC FOLLIES -- Aired 09/16/1972 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sammy Davis Jr., Connie Stevens, Mickey Rooney -- Photo by: Herb Ball/NBCU Photo Bank
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 The Mickey Rooney Show

In living color

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. THE MICKEY ROONEY SHOW -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mickey Rooney as Mickey Mulligan, wife/actress Elaine Devry -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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THE BLACK STALLION, Michael Higgins, Teri Garr, Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Kristen Vigard, Clarence Muse, 1979, (c) United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection

Horse of a different color

THE BLACK STALLION, Michael Higgins, Teri Garr, Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Kristen Vigard, Clarence Muse, 1979, (c) United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection
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I Love New York

Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney are surrounded by Sugar Babies from the Broadway musical comedy revue of the same name as they film a portion for the newest "I Love New York" commercial early Friday morning in New York City, Oct. 31, 1980. (AP Photo)
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Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor

Gotham guy

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Image: File photo of actor Mickey Rooney smiling in front of his trophies during an interview with Reuters at his home in Westlake Village

Golden boy

Actor Mickey Rooney smiles in front of his trophies during an interview with Reuters at his home in Westlake Village, California in this February 14, 2007 file photo. Rooney, the pint-sized screen dynamo of the 1930s and 1940s best known for his boy-next-door role in the Andy Hardy movies, died on April 6, 2014 at 93, the TMZ celebrity website reported. It did not give a cause of death and a spokesman was not immediately available for comment. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY)
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Image: FILE: Actor Mickey Rooney Dies At Age 93 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Cocktail Party

Last in the line

FILE APRIL 06, 2014: It is being reported that actor Mickey Rooney has died at the age of 93 on April 6, 2014. No cause of death has been reported, although Rooneys health has been declining over the years. Rooney spent the majority of his life in show business. Mickey Rooney appeared in his first film in 1926. Rooney went on to star in the Andy Hardy film series and work with Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, amongst many others. Mickey Rooney was married eight times and separated from his last wife in 2013. LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 27:Actor Mickey Rooney and wife Jan at the cocktail party during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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On the Hill

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, entertainer Mickey Rooney waves on Capitol Hill in Washington, prior to testifying about elder abuse, before the Senate Aging Committee. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Mickey Rooney

Mad world

Mickey Rooney, a cast member in the 1963 film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," poses at the kick-off of The Last 70mm Film Festival presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Monday, July 9, 2012, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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