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R.I.P. legendary actor Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)

Apr. 7, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney sadly passed away last night at the age of 93. Although he hasn't had that many big screen appearances as of late (he did have a cameo in 2011's THE MUPPETS), Rooney had been acting since he was a small child (getting his first big break in the "Mickey McGuire" short films) and was one of the last surviving actors who worked during the silent film era.

Mickey Rooney was perhaps best known for his Andy Hardy films, and his work with Judy Garland in such films as BABES IN ARMS and THOROUGHBREDS DON'T CRY. He also appeared in 1979's THE BLACK STALLION (as well as The Family Channel's television series The Adventures of the Black Stallion), and had a controversial role in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.

After his breakthrough dramatic role in 1938's BOYS TOWN, many considered Rooney to be one of biggest box office draws at the time. The actor's career was in a slump for a bit after serving more than 21 months in the army shortly after World War II, however he later found new fame for his work in the 1980's, including his Golden Globe and Emmy winning role in the television movie BILL starring Dennis Quaid.

Mickey Rooney also guest starred on numerous television series (The Golden Girls, The Twilight Zone) and voiced many animated characters, such as Santa Clause in "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" (1970), "The Year Without a Santa Claus" (1974), "Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July" (1979), and "A Miser Brothers' Christmas" (2008), and as himself in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons.

R.I.P. Mr. Rooney. You will be missed.

Source: CNN

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7:54PM on 04/07/2014

F*ck MILHOUSE!

Mickey was the best FALL OUT BOY! R.I.P.
Mickey was the best FALL OUT BOY! R.I.P.
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4:09PM on 04/07/2014

Contgratulations, and RIP

A life so long, and so well lived, is a triumph not a tragedy. Rest in Peace, Mickey Rooney. You deserve it.
A life so long, and so well lived, is a triumph not a tragedy. Rest in Peace, Mickey Rooney. You deserve it.
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11:58AM on 04/07/2014

Tragic.

The accidental racist that paved the way for Robert Downey Jr to play a white man playing a black man was beloved by many. All I can hope is for Mr. Yunioshi's soul to finally be at peace.
The accidental racist that paved the way for Robert Downey Jr to play a white man playing a black man was beloved by many. All I can hope is for Mr. Yunioshi's soul to finally be at peace.
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11:50AM on 04/07/2014
Sad when anyone beloved dies. RIP Mr. Rooney.
Sad when anyone beloved dies. RIP Mr. Rooney.
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11:24AM on 04/07/2014
I usually feel very sad when a celebrity I like passes away but this time feels different. After such a long life an accomplished career, it feels more appropriate to say: bravo, sir! Well done!
I usually feel very sad when a celebrity I like passes away but this time feels different. After such a long life an accomplished career, it feels more appropriate to say: bravo, sir! Well done!
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11:21AM on 04/07/2014
Mickey Rooney was an absolute legend who will be sorely missed. It's just amazing that his career lasted nearly 90 years! I imagine there are many people here who watched and loved his movies growing up as well as their parents and even grandparents.
Mickey Rooney was an absolute legend who will be sorely missed. It's just amazing that his career lasted nearly 90 years! I imagine there are many people here who watched and loved his movies growing up as well as their parents and even grandparents.
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11:20AM on 04/07/2014
It's sad, seeing the last few people from his generation of actors go. It's like seeing a little bit of movie history die. RIP
It's sad, seeing the last few people from his generation of actors go. It's like seeing a little bit of movie history die. RIP
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10:47AM on 04/07/2014
Sad news indeed. I watched your movies growing up, Mr. Rooney. You'll be dearly missed. Rest in peace, sir.
Sad news indeed. I watched your movies growing up, Mr. Rooney. You'll be dearly missed. Rest in peace, sir.
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10:30AM on 04/07/2014
RIP Mickey Rooney. Kinda feel the same way as when I learned of Ernest Borgnine's passing a couple of years ago.
RIP Mickey Rooney. Kinda feel the same way as when I learned of Ernest Borgnine's passing a couple of years ago.
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