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Child Actor Teddy Rooney, Son of Mickey Rooney, Dead at 66

He was a musician as well as an actor

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Liz Raftery

Teddy Rooney, a former child actor who was the son of Mickey Rooney, died July 2 at a convalescent home in Southern California, his sister told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 66 and had suffered from a long illness.

Born in Los Angeles, Rooney was the son of Mickey Rooney and his third wife, model/actress Martha Vickers. Teddy Rooney appeared alongside his father in the 1958 movie Andy Hardy Comes Home and with his mother on the TV show Playhouse 90. His other credits included the movies It Happened to Janeand Seven Ways from Sundown and TV shows Wagon Train, Lassie, McHale's Navyand Shirley Temple's Storybook.

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In the 1960s, Rooney gave up acting in order to focus on music. He performed with his brothers Mickey Jr. and Tim in the group The Rooney Brothers, and was also a member of the L.A. rock band The Yellow Payges. He later served in the Vietnam War.

Rooney is survived by his wife and two children.