1920 – Born on the 23rd of September in Brooklyn, New York.
1922 – Rooney began performing at the age of 17 months.
1926 – Entered in the movie business and made his name as the title character in the Mickey McGuire.
1934 – Signed to MGM and was educated at the studio’s School for Professional Children.
1937 – Starred as Andy Hardy in A Family Affair, led to fourteen further films featuring that character.
– His first role as the top-billed star in a feature film was as Shockey Carter in Hoosier Schoolboy with Edward Pawley playing his father.
1938 – Serious role in Boys Town opposite Spencer Tracy as Whitey Marsh.
– He was awarded an Academy Juvenile Award.
His fame peaked in World War II with a string of successful musicals with Judy Garland.
1939 – Oscar nominated Babes in Arms as well as more serious roles in films such as The Human Comedy (1943) and National Velvet (1944).
1944 – Entered military service as radio personality on the American Forces Network.
1961 – Appeared on television "What’s My Line".
– Started enrolling students in the MRSE (Mickey Rooney School of Entertainment).
1983 – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted him their Academy Honorary Award for his lifetime of achievement.
2006 – Rooney continues to work in film, and tours with his wife, Jan Chamberlin, in a multi-media live stage production called "Let’s Put On a Show!"