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Actor Mickey Rooney's career spanned silent movies and television: five of his best performances

Published on Apr 7, 2014 1:23 PM
Mickey Rooney at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

It is no exaggeration to say that actor Mickey Rooney was born to entertain. He first appeared on stage at the tender age of 15 months as part of his parents' vaudeville act. And he has spent his long life entertaining millions of people. The Brooklyn-born performer died on Sunday at the grand old age of 93, according to a report on TMZ.

His performing career reflected the changing nature of American pop entertainment. From his early precocious stage performances to his debut in silent film to the lavish musicals of Hollywood's heyday in the 1930s and 1940s, Rooney was a triple threat who could sing, dance and act.

We look at five of his best-known roles in both movies and television.

1. A Family Affair (1937)

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