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Former child actor Teddy Rooney dies at 66

Los Angeles: Teddy Rooney, son of Hollywood star Mickey Rooney, has died. He was 66. Teddy died on Saturday in a convalescent home in Southern California after a long illness, his sister, Kelly, told The Hollywood Reporter.

His mother was model and actress Martha Vickers ('The Big Sleep'), the third of Mickey Rooney's eight wives. They were married from 1949-51.

Teddy appeared with his father as the son of his father's legendary character (now a grown-up) in 'Andy Hardy Comes Home' (1958) and on a 1960 installment of 'General Electric Theater', and, earlier, he acted alongside his mother on a 1957 episode of another CBS anthology series, 'Playhouse 90'.

He also starred in such films as 'It Happened to Jane' (1959) with Doris Day and Jack Lemmon and 'Seven Ways From Sundown' (1960) with Audie Murphy and on TV shows including 'Shirley Temple's Storybook', 'Wagon Train' and 'The Rifleman'. Teddy left acting in the early 1960s to focus on a career as a musician.

He played bass and sang with his brothers Mickey Jr and Tim in the Columbia Records act The Rooney Brothers, and he was a member of the garage band The Yellow Payges. He also served in the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife Carol and children Shannon and Dominique.

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