Former Mouseketeer Mickey Rooney Jr passes away at 77 years old

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Former Mouseketeer Mickey Rooney Jr passes away at 77 years old

A former Mouseketeer, Mickey Rooney Jr., has passed away at age 77.

Mickey Rooney Jr.’s death was announced by Paul Peterson and Chrissie Brown, who are both longtime associates of the actor. Paul Peterson, who posted the news on Facebook, did not specify a cause of death, but shared that Mickey Rooney Jr. peacefully passed away in Arizona.

Many are family with the legendary actor and father of Rooney Jr. His mother was Betty Jane Baker, a singer and winner of the 1944 Miss Alabama beauty pageant. She first met his father Mickey Rooney when he was stationed in the U.S. Army in Birmingham.

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Former Mouseketeer Mickey Rooney Jr passes away at 77 years old

He and brother Tim Rooney were hired as backup castmembers on ABC’s The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. 

Mickey Rooney Jr. played in bands with Willie Nelson and appeared with the actor-musician in Jerry Schatzberg’s Honeysuckle Rose (1980) and Alan Rudolph’s Songwriter (1984).

“Mickey Junior was the personification of ‘damaged goods,’” Petersen continued. “He gave all he could. I was born on the same day as Mickey’s father and ‘The Mic’ gave me, unsolicited mind you, the most useful advice I ever got. It is one of my greatest sorrows that he didn’t do the same for his son. Mickey Rooney Junior. Rest in Peace at last. We will see to your wishes.”

We give our condolences to his family and friends…

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Photo Credit: Paul Peterson

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