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Timothy Rooney, 59, son of Mickey Rooney

LOS ANGELES -- Timothy Hayes Rooney, a son of Mickey Rooney who had a minor career as an actor, has died. He was 59.

Mr. Rooney died Saturday at his Hemet ranch after a five-year battle with a muscle disease called dermatomyositis, his stepbrother, Dan Kessel, said Tuesday.

``He was a happy guy and jokester," his father said in a phone interview. `` I loved him very much. They should remember him as a guy who was smiling all the time and was very happy."

Mr. Rooney suffered from childhood polio that left him paralyzed for two years, but he recovered. He was chosen to be one of the original 1955 Mouseketeers for ``The Mickey Mouse Club," but never appeared on the show, because he was fired for getting into mischief in the Disney paint shop.

His later career included parts in movies such as ``Riot on Sunset Strip." He appeared on television shows ranging from ``Dragnet" to ``Bewitched" and in commercials. In addition Mr. Rooney did voice-over work for cartoons.

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