Former child actor Teddy Rooney, son of Mickey Rooney, dies at 66


Former child star and musician Teddy Rooney, son of the late movie icon Mickey Rooney, has died at the age of 66.

Teddy appeared with his father and mother, Martha Vickers, on screen as a child.

He died in California on Saturday after a long illness, his sister Kelly Rooney told the Hollywood Reporter.

As a kid, he appeared alongside his dad in Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) and in an instalment of General Electric Theatre (1960).

His model and actress mum Martha was the third of serially-married Mickey Rooney's eight wives. Their marriage broke down in 1951, shortly after Teddy was born.

Mickey, who starred in National Velvet and The Human Comedy, had nine children in total. He passed away in 2014.

Mickey Rooney in 2011
Mickey Rooney in 2011 (Alex Brandon/AP)

As a child actor, Teddy acted alongside his mum on a 1957 episode of Playhouse 90.

He made prolific on-screen appearances, starring in films including It Happened To Jane (1959) alongside Doris Day and Jack Lemmon and on TV shows including Storybook, Wagon Train and Lassie.

Teddy's mum Martha Vickers and his dad Mickey Rooney on their wedding day
Teddy's mum Martha Vickers and his dad Mickey Rooney on their wedding day (AP)

However, Teddy chose not to follow in his dad's movie star footsteps as he grew up, leaving the acting world to focus on his career as a musician. He and his brothers Mickey Jr and Tim performed as The Rooney Brothers.

He is survived by his wife Carol and children Shannon and Dominique, the publication said.