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AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, legend of Hollywood

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Apr. 7, 2014 4:37 AM ET
AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, legend of Hollywood
By The Associated Press

FILE – In this Jan. 5, 1942, file photo, Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland’s No. 1 box office star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a marriage license. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – In this Jan. 5, 1942, file photo, Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland’s No. 1 box office star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a marriage license. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – Child actor Mickey Rooney, 7, is shown as a performer in this undated photo. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – In this March 19, 1957, file photo, actor, singer and dancer Mickey Rooney, wearing spats and a pinstriped suit, performs a dance routine during rehearsal for the television show “George M. Cohan Story” in Hollywood, Calif. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – In this June 26, 1963, file photo, Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney put their heads together over a television script for their first onstage reunion in 18 years, for the taping of the first of 32 variety shows which Garland will do for CBS next season. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)

FILE – Child star Mickey Rooney poses for a promotional photo at age 5 in this photo dated about 1925. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)

Mickey Rooney, Hollywood’s top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, died at his North Hollywood home at age 93. Over the course of his career, he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for film achievements, received an Emmy and a Tony nomination.

A small man physically, Rooney was prodigious in talent, scope, ambition and appetite. He sang and danced, played roles both serious and silly and wrote memoirs, a novel, movie scripts and plays.

Rooney also made hundreds of appearances on TV talk and game shows, dramas and variety programs.

“I always say, ‘Don’t retire — inspire,'” Rooney said in an interview with The Associated Press in March 2008. “There’s a lot to be done.”

Here are photos from just a few of his many roles:

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