AP PHOTOS: Mickey Rooney, legend of Holloywood

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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 1942, file photo, Mickey Rooney, 21, Movieland's No. 1 box office star, and Ava Gardner, 19, of Wilson, N.C., pose together in Santa Barbara, Calif., shortly after the couple applied for a marriage license. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday, April 6, 2014, at his North Hollywood home. (AP Photo/File)

Mickey Rooney, Hollywood's top box-office draw in the late 1930s to early 1940s, died at his North Hollywood home at age 93. Over a four-decade span, he was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for film achievements, won an Emmy and had a Tony nomination.

A small man physically, Rooney was prodigious in talent, scope, ambition and appetite. He sang and danced, played roles both serious and silly and wrote memoirs, a novel, movie scripts and plays.

Rooney also made hundreds of appearances on TV talk and game shows, dramas and variety programs.

"I always say, 'Don't retire — inspire,'" Rooney said in an interview with The Associated Press in March 2008. "There's a lot to be done."

Here are photos from just a few of his many roles:

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