Mickey Rooney Gets Emotional, Reflects on His Career in One of His Final Interviews (Video)

10:18 PM PST 04/06/2014 by THR Staff
Mickey Rooney with Elizabeth Taylor in 1944's "National Velvet"

The actor, who died Sunday at age 93, reveals his connection to Mickey Mouse and reflects on co-stars, including Judy Garland and Lana Turner.

Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday at age 93, gave one of his final interviews to Scott Feinberg, awards analyst at The Hollywood Reporter.

In the extensive interview, Rooney at times became emotional while reflecting on his life and career.

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Among other topics, he explained the pros and cons of child stardom and how he felt that being a young actor robbed him of his childhood. He also reminisced about his days at MGM, working on the Andy Hardy movies opposite Judy Garland, Lana Turner and other actresses.

Rooney also revealed the connection between his stage name (Rooney was born Joseph Yule, Jr.) and Mickey Mouse.

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In addition, the actor shared stories about his military service, working to boost troops' morale during World War II.

Watch the entire 44-minute interview, which took place in July 2010 at a restaurant near his home, with Rooney below.

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