Child star Mickey Rooney poses for a promotional photo at age 5, ca. 1925.
Child actor Mickey Rooney, 7, is shown as a performer in this undated 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, Jan. 5, 1942.
Mickey Rooney and wife, Ava Gardner, arrive in New York in January 1942, en route to Boston where Rooney is to appear at a Red Cross benefit.
Actor Mickey Rooney is shown in this file photo as G.I. Dooley in the 1956 Hollywood movie "The Bold and the Brave."
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., March 19, 1957.
Actor Mickey Rooney portrays "Pinnochio," in this September 1957, file photo.
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney put their heads together over a television script for their first onstage reunion in 18 years, June 26, 1963.
Jonathan Winters, far right, played Lennie Pike, a none-too-bright member of an expanding group of people searching for a buried treasure in Stanley Kramer's epic comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," 1963.
Mickey Rooney, center, sings along with Tom and Dick Smothers during a 1967 appearance on CBS' "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 1981, file photo, veteran comic Mickey Rooney wears a Napoleonic-era hat as he tapes an “I love New York” television commercial with British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor, in New York. 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/GPB, File)
Entertainment legend Mickey Rooney is shown in this May 1987 file photo.
Comic book writer Stan Lee, right, greets actor Mickey Rooney at a preview for the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 21, 2000, in Los Angeles.
Mickey Rooney jokes with a Mickey Mouse mascot as he arrives for a party on the eve of the grand opening of Disney's California Adventure theme park, Feb. 7, 2001, in Anaheim, Calif.
Mickey Rooney and wife Jan Rooney attend the ceremony honoring their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, April 26, 2004. The Rooneys received the star in the live performance category.
Mickey Rooney attends the Golden Boot Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Aug. 13, 2005, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mickey Rooney, left, poses with Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith at the 77th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2005, in Los Angeles.
Mickey Rooney reads a newspaper in a 2005 cold remedy commercial.
Actor Mickey Rooney and his wife, Jan Rooney, pose together at the premiere of New Line Cinema's "The Nativity Story" held Nov. 28, 2006, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mickey Rooney speaks at the Night at the Museum's T-Rex Trek send-off on April 17, 2007, in New York. The cross-country trek celebrated the DVD release of "Night at the Museum," which starred Rooney, Ben Stiller and Dick Van Dyke.
Mickey Rooney kisses the hand of Queen Elizabeth II of England during a garden party celebrating her state visit to the United States at the British Embassy in Washington, May 7, 2007.
Mickey Rooney poses at the First Family Entertainment Pantomine Season Launch at the O2 Centre on Nov. 21, 2007, in London.
Mickey Rooney arrives at the AFI Dallas Opening Night Gala Presentation of the the film "Then She Found Me" at The Majestic Theatre on March 27, 2008, in Dallas.
Mickey Rooney accepts an award at the AFI Film Festival in Dallas on March 27, 2008. Rooney was honored with the AFI Dallas Star award for his contributions to film and the movie "Boys Town."
From left, Mickey Rooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jen Rooney are seen at the cocktail party during the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild awards on Jan. 27, 2008, in Los Angeles.
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008, file photo, Mickey Rooney takes the stage to make an award presentation at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. 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/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Mickey Rooney speaks as NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, right, looks on during the National World War II Museum Dedication Ceremony on Nov. 6, 2009, in New Orleans.
Mickey Rooney and wife Jan Rooney arrive at the 50th anniversary birthday bash for the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Kodak Theater on Nov. 3, 2010, in Hollywood, Calif.
Actors Dennis Hopper, Mickey Rooney, and Sid Caesar pose at a preview for the Hollywood Christmas Parade on Nov. 21, 2010, in Los Angeles.
Mickey Rooney and wife Jan Rooney arrive at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards on March 7, 2010, in Los Angeles.
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, Senate Aging Committee Chairman Sen. Herb Kohl. D-Wis., center, gets a hug from entertainer Mickey Rooney, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., looks on at left, prior to Rooney testifying about elder abuse, before the committee. 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/Alex Brandon, File)
Actor Mickey Rooney arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "The Muppets" held at the El Capitan Theatre on Nov. 12, 2011, in Hollywood, Calif.
Mickey Rooney arrives at AARP Magazine's 10th annual Movies For Grownups Awards on Feb. 7, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Mickey Rooney, a veteran actor who began as a child star and acted in more than 200 movies,
testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 2, 2011, about elder abuse, before the Senate Aging Committee.
Actor Mickey Rooney arrives at The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science's "The Last 70mm Film Festival" Screening Of "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on July 9, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif.