Mickey Rooney through the years
Famously known for playing the character Andy Hardy, Mickey Rooney's career begin as a child actor who reportedly signed a contract making a $150 a week. Rooney has been honored with Golden Globes and Academy Awards. Here is a look back at his life.
Child star Mickey Rooney, in a promotional photo taken about 1925, when he was 5.
Actor Mickey Rooney, 13, reads his movie contract before signing the document as his manager Harry Weber looks on in Los Angeles. He reportedly received $150 per week from the movie studio.
Judy Garland, Jackie Cooper, Diane Lewis and Mickey Rooney, from left to right, attend a ballgame in Hollywood, Calif.
Mickey Rooney is against the ropes as Spencer Tracy stands by him in this scene from the movie "Boys Town." Tracy plays the part of Father Flannigan in this film. The actor in the middle is Frankie Thomas.
Actor Mickey Rooney, left, and actress Bette Davis are presented crowns in Hollywood, Calif., after being named King and Queen of the Movies by readers of 55 newspapers.
Film actor Mickey Rooney celebrates his 21st birthday at a party in a Hollywood nightclub. Joining him were studio head Louis B. Mayer, left, his mother, Nell Pankey, and actress Ava Gardner. Mickey's father, Joe Yule, is at the right in the background.
Pvt. Mickey Rooney attends a Hollywood movie premiere with his mother, Nell Pankey. The actor returned to Hollywood after completing three months of basic training at Fort Riley, Kan.
Pfc. Mickey Rooney, former child actor, imitates some Hollywood actors for the entertainment of infantrymen of the 44th Division of the U.S. Seventh Army. Rooney is a member of a three-man unit making a jeep tour to entertain troops in Germany.
Actor-comedian Red Skelton, wearing a sailor suit and a blonde wig, clowns with guest actor Mickey Rooney, wearing a dress, left, during a rehearsal for the "Red Skelton Show" in Hollywood, Calif.
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney put their heads together over a television script for their first onstage reunion in 18 years. (June 26, 1963)
Actor Mickey Rooney, left, gets a hug from entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. backstage during intermission at New York's Mark Hellinger Theatre.
Actor Mickey Rooney performs in drag at New York State Theater during a benefit show entitled "Broadway Salutes New York City Opera" at Lincoln Center.
Actor Mickey Rooney with his children at a beach location in this undated photograph. From left are: daughter Kerry, 4, son Kyle, 3, and 5-year-old daughter Kelly, 5.
Actor Mickey Rooney with his honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement at the 55th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 1983 in Los Angeles.
Mickey Rooney joins cast members of "The Golden Girls" during a break in taping for "Larceny and Old Lace" episode. From left to right: Estelle Getty, Rooney, Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Bea Arthur.
Mickey Rooney, second from right, joins cast members Dirk Lumbard, Eartha Kitt and Caroline McMahon, left to right, during the opening performance curtain call for "The Wizard of Oz" at New York's Madison Square Garden. Rooney plays the lead role in the stage production.
Johnny Grant, the honorary mayor of Hollywood, celebrates the placement of his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with several of Hollywood's leading ladies during the dedication ceremonies in Los Angeles' Hollywood district. From left are Pamela Bach, Janet Leigh, Danica McKellar, Rhonda Fleming, Jan Rooney, Grant, Connie Stevens, Angie Dickinson, Florence Henderson, Terry Moore and Betty White.
Johnny Grant, left, honorary mayor of Hollywood, helps Jan and Mickey Rooney unveil their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
Mickey Rooney, Amanda Seyfried and Jan Rooney arrive at the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
Entertainer Mickey Rooney testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington about elder abuse, before the Senate Aging Committee.