In this Sunday, March 7, 2010, file photo, Mickey Rooney, right, and Jane Rooney arrive during the 82nd Academy Awards, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93 .Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.Rooney started his career in his parents' vaudeville act while still a toddler, and broke into movies before age 10 .Rooney won two special Academy Awards for his film achievements, and reigned from 1939 to 1942 as the No. 1 moneymaking star in movies, his run only broken when he joined the Army.Rooney's personal life matched his film roles for color.Rooney received a Tony nomination (as did Miller) and earned millions during his years with the show.Rooney was among the last survivors of Hollywood's studio era, which his career predated. Rooney signed a contract with MGM in 1934 and landed his first big role as Clark Gable as a boy in "Manhattan Melodrama". Both Rooney and his conservator were named as plaintiffs.
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