- Made his stage debut when he was 17 months old, as part of his parents' vaudeville act.
- Starred in more than 50 Mickey McGuire comedy shorts. The character was based on a comic strip and Rooney was credited as Mickey McGuire at the time.
- Took the last name Rooney from vaudevillian Pat Rooney in 1932.
- In 1934, the year he signed with MGM, he made 12 films, including Manhattan Melodrama and Blind Date.
- At 19, he became the first teenager nominated for an Oscar, for 1939's Babes in Arms.
- Was the No. 1 U.S. box-office star from 1939 to '41.
- Appeared in more than 200 films.
- Earned four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Made headlines in 2011 when he testified before Congress on the issue of elder abuse, saying he had been victimized himself.
- 1984, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
- 1959, Emmy — Best Single Performance by an Actor: Nominee
- 1979, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1962, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1982, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
- 1938, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
- 1943, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
- 1980, Tony — Actor (Musical): Nominee
- 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
- 1964, Golden Globe — Actor in a Television Series: Winner
- 1956, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1958, Emmy — Actor- Best Single Performance- Lead or Support: Nominee
- 1982, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Winner
- Jimmy Rooney — Son
- Jonelle Rooney — Daughter
- Marge Lane — Ex-wife
- Barbara Ann Thomason — Wife (deceased)
- Betty Jane Rase — Ex-wife
- Joseph Yule Sr. — Father
- Kelly Ann Rooney — Daughter
- Kerry Yule Rooney — Daughter
- Kimmy Sue Rooney — Daughter
- Michael Rooney — Son
- Mickey Rooney Jr. — Son
- Tim Rooney — Son
- Nell Carter Yule — Mother
- Martha Vickers — Ex-wife
- Teddy Rooney — Son
- Ava Gardner — Ex-wife
- Carolyn Hockett — Ex-wife
- Elaine Devry — Ex-wife
- Jan Rooney — Wife
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