Mickey Rooney, alongside his wife Jan, waves during the 2008 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes)

Renowned actor, veteran and Legionnaire remembered

The American Legion is paying its deepest respects to Mickey Rooney, a renowned actor and entertainer, World War II Army veteran and member of American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, Calif. Rooney, 93, passed away Sunday at his home in Los Angeles.

Rooney was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., under the name Joseph Yule Jr., but later changed to his stage name Mickey McGuire, which resulted in lawsuits. To avert further legal wranglings, he changed his name to Mickey Rooney at 12 years old.

He was recognized in Hollywood for his ability to act, sing and dance, landing him in roles alongside other Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth Taylor in “National Velvet” and Judy Garland in “Love Finds Andy Hardy.” Rooney’s role as Andy Hardy — whom he portrayed in more than 15 feature films —became one of “Hollywood’s best-loved characters.” Other notable films Rooney starred in include “Babes in Arms,” “The Human Comedy” and “The Bold and the Brave.”

Rooney left his thriving film career in 1944 to enlist in the Army during World War II, where he served more than 21 months and spent most of his time entertaining troops in combat. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. For his service, he also received the Army Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Rooney’s nine-decade career earned him an appearance on the March 18, 1940, cover of Time magazine and several prestigious awards, including two Golden Globes, an Emmy, three Academy Award nominations and an Honorary Academy Award “in recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.”


  1. In life Mickey Rooney lived the best that he knew how and He served his profession and his country honorably, So my Hicks why in the world would you even ask that question? Let the man rest in peace!
  2. Why is it when someone dies the family no matter how wealthy or poor the deceased is all show up with their hands out. I have seen families in hospitals arguing over the belongings of a patient. Key word here is patient, not deceased. I've seen it in my own family and believe me I have raised my kids to be independant and not hold their breath of a big landfall from my estate. I told my parents spend your money and enjoy it, leave enough to follow your wishes when it comes to where and how you want to be buried and if there is any left over We'll go out and have a dinner and drink to you memory and rest will go to charity. I hope Mr. Rooney enjoyed every penny.
  3. According to most media reports, the current cash value of his estate is only $18,000. His will excludes his estranged wife and biological children and gives the proceeds of his estate to his stepson. His stepson has apparently been the only relative to care for Rooney over the last several years according to media interviews with Rooney's friends in Hollywood.
  4. But, what about his FAMILY?? The press is claiming he left his family NO INHERITENCE. Is this accurate??
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