Actor Tim Rooney Dies

Actor and voiceover artist TIMOTHY HAYES ROONEY, a son of MICKEY ROONEY, has died. He was 59. Rooney died on 23 September (06) in Hemet, California after a five-year battle with the muscle disease dermatomyositis. He was the second son of the veteran actor and his wife, singer BETTY JANE RASE, who performed as BJ BAKER. As a child, Rooney had polio, which left him paralyzed for two years, but he eventually recovered. He was chosen as one of the original Mouseketeers for the MICKEY MOUSE CLUB in 1955, but never appeared on the show after being fired after getting into mischief in the Disney paint shop. His later career included parts in RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP and VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS. He appeared on TV shows including DRAGNET, BEWITCHED, PETTICOAT JUNCTION and GIDGET and did voiceover work for cartoons including THE JETSONS and MR T.


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My husband and I have always been fans of Mickey Rooney but never really knew much about his personallife apart from some of his more famous wives, etc. So in checking on him I discovered that he had some sons, one which already died. I was shocked to see that he died of Dermatomyositis, a disease my husband has lived with going on 43 years. When he first came down with it in '68 he was given 3 years so he has lived far beyond what we could ever have imagined. You just don't hear much about this disease. I'm sorry that Tim Rooney died so soon and wasn't given a chance to live out his life. On the other hand, if he is in Heaven he is in a far better place. My husband has been a courageous fighter but his life since Dermatomysitis has been one long struggle.Best wishes to his family.....and Thanks, Mickey,for your wonderful contributions to our lives. Youhave brought happiness to many. Kathleen Schofield and Jim 2
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