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Cinema legend Mickey Rooney dies, aged 93

Former child star turned character actor Mickey Rooney passed away on Sunday at his Los Angeles home.

Born in 1920, he made his screen debut at the age of seven and quickly became one of the biggest box office stars during the late 1930s and early 1940s. Rooney was awarded a special Academy Juvenile Award in 1939 for contribution to cinema.

After a stint in the Army, Rooney tried out different roles and was nominated for his performance in 1956's The Bold and the Brave but his infamous role as Mr. Yunioshi, Audrey Hepburn's Asian neighbour in Breakfast at Tiffany's drew criticism about Asian stereotypes in Hollywood.

He continued to work in his later years, making appearances in comedies such as Night at the Museum and The Muppets. He is survived by his ten children.

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