Rooney, only 5 ft. 2 in. tall, was once among the world’s top box-office stars. He could sing, dance, play drums and do pratfalls and impersonations. He began his career at 15 months in his parents' vaudeville act and never really retired.
Rooney made countless appearances in TV sitcoms and television films. His voice is heard in many animation films.
He received multiple awards, including a Juvenile Academy Award, an Honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes and an Emmy Award. Rooney began working as a performer when he was a child. He was a superstar as a teenager for the films in which he played Andy Hardy, and he has had one of the longest careers of any actor, spanning 92 years actively making films in ten decades, from the 1920s to the 2010s.
Rooney was married eight times and had nine children. From the list below, you can see that as soon as he divorced one wife, he married again soon afterward. At the time of his death, Rooney was still married to his last wife, but they separated in May 2013.
- Ava Gardner (1942–1943)
- B.J. Baker (1944–1948)
- Martha Vickers (1949–1951)
- Elaine Devry (1952–1958)
- Carolyn Mitchell (1958–1966)
- Marge Lane (1966–1967)
- Carolyn Hockett (1969–1975)
- Jan Chamberlin (1978–2014)