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Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney dies, aged 93

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Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney has passed away at the age of 93.

The actor - who is best known for playing Andy Hardy in the MGM film series between 1937 and 1946 - died of natural causes after a long battle with ill health, according to TMZ.

Mickey Rooney attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014

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Rooney's career in showbusiness spanned 80 years and more than 200 films alongside the likes of Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor.

At the age of 17, he began his role as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair, before starring in 13 more movies in the series and a final instalment in 1958.

The actor also gained recognition for parts in Boys Town and The Black Stallion, as well as winning two honorary Oscars in 1938 and 1982.

Sir Laurence Olivier once referred to Rooney as "the greatest actor of them all".

Mickey Rooney is hugged by Judy Garland in a scene from the film 'Love Finds Andy Hardy', 1938.

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Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in Love Finds Andy Hardy


He was born in Brooklyn on September 23, 1920 by the name of Joe Yule Jr and made his first stage appearance at 17 months old for his parent's vaudeville performances.

Rooney married eight times throughout his life and filed for bankruptcy in 1962, after using up his $12 million wealth.

In the latter years of his life, Rooney continued to appear in films, working on titles including 2006's Night at the Museum and 2011's The Muppets.

Also in 2011, Rooney filed a restraining order against his stepson Christopher Aber for alleged abuse and fraud. The pair later settled the allegations with a confidential agreement.

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