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April 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mickey Rooney, whose career as an entertainer no doubt set a record for its length, died Sunday at his home in Westlake Village, CA at the age of 93. He made his first appearance onstage as part of his parents’ vaudeville act when he was only a year old, and he was still working in films this year. At his death he also no doubt held the record for the longest film career, having first appeared as the seven-year-old star of the Mickey McGuire series of comedy shorts in 1927 — a series that included 78 episodes, churned out over nine years. In addition, he appeared in more than 200 movies and television shows, was nominated for an Oscar four times and an Emmy five times, winning in 1981 for playing a developmentally disabled man in the TV movie Bill. Theater owners named him the No. 1 box-office attraction in 1939, 1940, and 1941, beating out second-place finishers Tyrone Power, Spencer Tracy, and Clark Gable. In its obituary, the New York Times quoted Rooney as once saying, “Growing up in vaudeville made me cognizant of the need to have fun at what you’re doing. You can’t get it done well without it being fun. And I’ve never felt that what I do is ‘work.'”