First appeared onstage as part of his parents' vaudeville act
Starred as Mickey McGuire in over 50 installments of a two-reel comedy series
Started his film career with nearly a dozen credits in a single year, including roles in "Manhattan Melodrama" and "I Like It That Way"
Played Puck in a star-studded film production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," starring James Cagney and Olivia de Haviland
Acted in "Ah, Wilderness," a film adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's comedy
Featured in the sentimental "Little Lord Fauntleroy" starring Freddie Bartholomew
Debuted as Andy Hardy in "A Family Affair"
First of ten films with Judy Garland, "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry"
Had acclaimed roles in "Boys Town" and "Love Finds Andy Hardy"
Awarded an honorary Academy Award along with fellow teen star Deanna Durbin
Starred with Judy Garland in Busby Berkeley's "Babes in Arms"; earned first Oscar nomination
Re-teamed with Garland and Berkeley in "Strike Up the Band"
Third collaboration with Berkeley and Garland, "Babes on Broadway"
Received an Oscar nomination for his performance as a teenager who takes over as man of the house in "The Human Comedy"
Did not appear in films for two years while serving in WWII
First postwar film, "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy"; the last installment of the series for 12 years
Played Lorenz Hart opposite Tom Drake's Richard Rodgers in "Words and Music"; final film with Garland
Starred as the older brother of the character he played in "Ah, Wilderness" (1935) in the musical adaptation "Summer Holiday"
Feature film directorial debut, "My True Story"
Performed mostly supporting roles in A-budget films and leads in B's during the 1950s
Starred in the NBC sitcom "The Mickey Rooney Show"
Gave a memorable performance in the World War II drama "The Bold and the Brave"; nominated for Oscar for his performance
Starred as the titular gangster in "Baby Face Nelson"
Made last Andy Hardy film, "Andy Hardy Comes Home"
Played a death row inmate in "The Last Mile"
Directed second feature film, "The Private Lives of Adam and Eve"
Gave a charmless performance as an Asian man taken with Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Featured in the ensemble comedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"
Co-starred in "The Black Stallion"; earned fourth Oscar nomination
Played a retiree who enherits a luxury hotel in the sitcom "Mickey" (ABC)
Starred on Broadway, opposite Ann Miller, in the popular revue "Sugar Babies"; received a Tony nomination
Played Bill Sackler, a man faced with reassimilating to life outside a mental institution, in the fact-based CBS TV-movie "Bill"
Awarded second Honorary Oscar
Reprised title role in the CBS TV-movie sequel "Bill on His Own"
Played Henry Dailey on the Family Channel series, "The Adventures of the Black Stallion"
Co-hosted the compilation feature documentary, "That's Entertainment III," a retrospective salute to the MGM musicals from the 1920s through the 50s
Wrote first novel, <i>The Search for Sonny Skies</i>
Appeared in the Toronto production of "Crazy for You," a stage adaptation of his film "Girl Crazy"
Featured in the Disney Channel TV-movie "Phantom of the Megaplex"
Cast opposite Ben Stiller in the action-adventure-comedy "Night at the Museum"
Starred as Chief, a wise old ranch owner, in the independent family feature film "Lost Stallions: The Journey Home"