Remembering Mickey Rooney

Circa 1930:  Mickey Rooney, seen here with Freddie Bartholomew on his right and Jackie Cooper, all young fellow artists in Hollywood consuming large quantities of melon.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Circa 1930: Mickey Rooney, seen here with Freddie Bartholomew on his right and Jackie Cooper, all young fellow artists in Hollywood consuming large quantities of melon. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) dances with Mickey Rooney on Jan. 1, 1939. (Photo by Karl Schlichter & Harold Salemson/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) dances with Mickey Rooney on Jan. 1, 1939. (Photo by Karl Schlichter & Harold Salemson/Getty Images)
circa 1940: Hollywood child actor Mickey Rooney with actress Ann Rutherford (1920 - 2012) viewed in a film clip on a postcard. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney circa 1940: Hollywood child actor Mickey Rooney with actress Ann Rutherford (1920 - 2012) viewed in a film clip on a postcard. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actor Mickey Rooney and his first wife American actress Ava Gardner (1922 - 1990) shortly before their wedding in January 1942. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney American actor Mickey Rooney and his first wife American actress Ava Gardner (1922 - 1990) shortly before their wedding in January 1942. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney and his first wife, American actress Ava Gardner, kiss just after their marriage in the Presbyterian church in Ballard, California on January 10, 1942. It was also Ms. Gardner's first marriage. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney and his first wife, American actress Ava Gardner, kiss just after their marriage in the Presbyterian church in Ballard, California on January 10, 1942. It was also Ms. Gardner's first marriage. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney arrives at Southampton on the 'Queen Mary' on Jan. 1, 1948. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney arrives at Southampton on the 'Queen Mary' on Jan. 1, 1948. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
American comic actor Mickey Rooney sliding down a banister in London on Jan. 5, 1948.  (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney American comic actor Mickey Rooney sliding down a banister in London on Jan. 5, 1948. (Photo by Express/Express/Getty Images)
American comedian and actor, Mickey Rooney, on Jan. 2, 1948. (Photo by Stanley Sherman/Express/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney American comedian and actor, Mickey Rooney, on Jan. 2, 1948. (Photo by Stanley Sherman/Express/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney smokes a pipe wearing a hat and sunglasses in England on February 12, 1971. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney smokes a pipe wearing a hat and sunglasses in England on February 12, 1971. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Actor Mickey Rooney attends a reception in honor of director Blake Edwards on February 26, 2004 at The Annex in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Actor Mickey Rooney attends a reception in honor of director Blake Edwards on February 26, 2004 at The Annex in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Actor Mickey Rooney and wife Jan attend the ceremony honoring them with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 26, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Actor Mickey Rooney and wife Jan attend the ceremony honoring them with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 26, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney with Christopher Walken 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)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney with Christopher Walken 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)
Mickey Rooney and Jan Rooney arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'This Is It' held at Nokia Theatre Downtown LA on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney and Jan Rooney arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'This Is It' held at Nokia Theatre Downtown LA on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney holds up the Silver Service Medal issued by the National World War II Museum during the Dedication Ceremony on November 6, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney holds up the Silver Service Medal issued by the National World War II Museum during the Dedication Ceremony on November 6, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Tom Hanks shakes hands with Mickey Rooney during the National World War II Museum Dedication Ceremony on November 6, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Tom Hanks shakes hands with Mickey Rooney during the National World War II Museum Dedication Ceremony on November 6, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney testifies during the Justice For All: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation hearing at the Senate Dirksen Building on March 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney testifies during the Justice For All: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation hearing at the Senate Dirksen Building on March 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney (R) and wife Jan Chamberlin arrive at TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and World Premiere of 'An American In Paris' at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on April 28, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Mickey Rooney (R) and wife Jan Chamberlin arrive at TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala and World Premiere of 'An American In Paris' at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on April 28, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Actor Mickey Rooney arrives for the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'The Muppets' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on November 12, 2011.    (Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)
Mickey Rooney Actor Mickey Rooney arrives for the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'The Muppets' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on November 12, 2011. (Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)
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