Mickey Rooney's Children Challenge His Will in Court

Mickey Rooney’s children have filed suit in Los Angeles seeking that his will be invalidated, claiming the legendary actor faced “undue influence” when he signed it just weeks before his death.

His biological children are not named as beneficiaries to his estate, now valued at $18,000 but potentially worth considerably more in the future from licensing rights and memorabilia, including an Oscar.

Mickey Rooney's Burial Fight Resolved; Star to Be Laid to Rest in Hollywood

Mickey Rooney’s final wish will be granted. The actor, who died of a heart attack on Sunday, will rest next to Hollywood legends including Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Jayne Mansfield, and Charlie Chaplin, in Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

“I just signed the settlement papers,” Mike Augustine, Trustee of Rooney’s estate, told PEOPLE Thursday evening.

Inside the Fight Over Mickey Rooney's Burial

If Michael Augustine has his way, the late Mickey Rooney will forever be surrounded by his peers, from Elizabeth Taylor to Humphrey Bogart.

Amid a longstanding family feud that has even led to disagreement over the star’s final resting place, Augustine, whom Rooney appointed as Trustee for his estate in his will, has petitioned the courts for decision-making power over Rooney’s burial and memorial.

Mickey Rooney Funeral Delayed by Family Fighting

Despite being Hollywood’s box-office champ at one time, Mickey Rooney was not living like an A-lister when he died at age 93 on Sunday.

New court documents reveal he left behind an estate valued at $18,000, and what little he had left he didn’t give to his estranged wife or children.

In his will, Rooney “disinherited” his eighth and final wife Jan, whom he wed in 1978, and children Michael, Mickey Jr., Teddy, Jonelle, Jimmy, Kimmy, Kerry and Kelly Ann.

He left everything to his stepson Mark.

Mickey Rooney Poses with Old Friends in One of His Last Photos

An acting thoroughbred himself through a career spanning more than 150 films, Mickey Rooney loved to hit the racetrack at Santa Anita Park to bet on the horses.

It was there that he posed for one of his last photographs, with fellow entertainment icons Dick Van Patten, 85, and Mel Brooks, 87, for a snapshot taken March 30.

'I Loved Them All': The Many Wives of Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney rivaled his National Velvet costar Elizabeth Taylor for number of marriages: He was married eight times throughout his career. As he deadpanned to PEOPLE in 1993: “Weddings? I’ve been to a lot of them.”

Meet the women who helped Mickey Rooney find love, however – in some cases – briefly.

Mickey Rooney Dies at 93

Mickey Rooney, the supercharged child vaudevillian who grew up to become MGM’s biggest star – despite barely standing over 5 feet tall – has died at the age of 93.

Rooney, who had been in ill health for some time, passed away on Sunday, TMZ reports. According to the Associated Press, he was surrounded by family at his North Hollywood home, police said. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Rooney died a natural death.

Mickey Rooney: Elder Abuse Made Me Feel Trapped

Former MGM leading man Mickey Rooney, at one time the biggest box-office name in the country, appeared before a new audience Wednesday: the United States Congress.

The 90-year-old – whose on-screen problems were always easily resolved when he played all-American boy Andy Hardy – told a Senate hearing of a real-life drama involving elder abuse, and he spoke from his personal case history, he said.

Kate Bosworth: Superman's Lois Lane

CAST: Kate Bosworth has apparently won the role of Lois Lane in Bryan Singer’s new Superman movie over such other contenders as Claire Danes, Linda Cardellini and Michelle Monaghan, says the Hollywood Reporter. Bosworth will costar opposite Brandon Routh, who was already named the new Man of Steel.


Mickey Rooney should be on his feet and back in Oz by the end of the week. The 78-year-old Hollywood legend was taken to the hospital and missed Friday’s opening performance of a Cleveland stage production of “The Wizard of Oz” because of a bad reaction to some medicine. He also sat out the Saturday and Sunday shows. Barbara Kelly, spokeswoman for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center, said Sunday that Rooney was expected to be back playing the Wizard on Tuesday, the next scheduled performance. She didn’t know what medicine he was taking.