Teddy Rooney, a former child actor and a son of Mickey Rooney, dies at 66

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Teddy Rooney, an actor, musician and a son of the late Mickey Rooney, has died. He was 66.

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

See photos of Teddy Rooney throughout his life:

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Teddy Rooney sitting in chair in publicity portrait for the film 'Andy Hardy Comes Home', 1958. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
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American actor Mickey Rooney (right) poses with his children, Teddy (foreground), Tim, and Mickey Jr., on an episode of the Edward R. Murrow-hosted interview show 'Person to Person,' May 4, 1956. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
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Actor Mickey Rooney (R) and son Teddy Rooney arrive at the World Premiere of 'The Muppets' at El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, USA, on 12 November 2011. Photo: Hubert Boesl
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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 in TV shows including Shirley Temple's Storybook, Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Lassie and McHale's Navy.

Rooney 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 also include his wife Carol and children Shannon and Dominique

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