At age 18, Rooney received a special Juvenile Academy Award for his performance as Whitey Marsh opposite Spencer Tracy in Boys Town, and 45 years later he was presented with an Honorary Oscar “in recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances.”
'Babes in Arms' (1939)
Rooney earned an Oscar nomination for putting on a show with frequent co-star Judy Garland in the Busby Berkeley musical Babes in Arms.
Rooney portrayed the title character in the adaptation of MarkTwain's novel.
'The Human Comedy' (1943)
Rooney's portrayal of a teenager at home feeling the effects of World War II earned him another Oscar nomination.
'National Velvet' (1944)
Rooney portrayed a drifter in opposite teenager Elizabeth Taylor in this film.
'The Bridges at Toko-Ri' (1954)
Rooney portrayed a Navy man in the James Michener adaptation.
'The Mickey Rooney Show' (1954-55)
Rooney starred as fast-talking TV studio page Mickey Mulligan in this sitcom, but up against The Jackie Gleason Show, the show lasted just 39 episodes. (He would star in two other short-lived TV comedies: 1964’s Mickey, in which he operates a hotel in Southern California, and 1982’s One of the Boys, in which his character moves in with grandson Dana Carvey and roommate Nathan Lane. He also reportedly passed on the chance to play Archie Bunker in Norman Lear’s All in the Family.)
'The Bold and the Brave' (1956)
Rooney earned an Oscar nomination for his role as a soldier who runs a memorable crap game across Italy in this movie.
'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961)
Rooney portrayed Audrey Hepburn’s bucktoothed Japanese landlord, which some critics have called racist. Rooney once reportedly said that if he had known people would be offended by it, "I wouldn't have done it."
'The Black Stallion' (1979)
Rooney took on the role of a retired jockey turned horse trainer in this movie, which marked a milestone for him on the comeback trail. From 1990-93, Rooney reprised his role as the trainer in The New Adventures of the Black Stallion for the Family Channel.
Rooney earned an Emmy for his portrayal of a mentally ill man who emerges from an institution and finds love for the first time in the emotional CBS telefilm.
'Night at the Museum' (2006)
Following Rooney's death, Night at the Museum 3 director Shawn Levy tweeted that the actor had shot scenes for the movie just last month.