Rooney was nominated for four Academy Awards and received two special Oscars for his work. By 1965, Mickey Rooney's 200 films had garnered over $3bn.
His film and musical career lasted for nine decades as he started his career when he was just 18 months.
He was a hardy who performed till the end of his life. In his late 80s, he went on a tour to put up a two-person stage show with Jan Chamberlin, his eighth wife. They were married in 1978 and later separated. Of his eight wives, actress Ava Gardner was his first wife whom he married in 1942.
Rooney won an Emmy Award in 1982 for his role of the title character in drama 'Bill'. The drama portrayed how a mentally challenged man lived on his own. According to many critics, this was his best performance.
In the 1938 film 'Boys Town' with Judy Garland, he played the role of a young and tough guy. One of his popular musicals was 'Babes in Arms' of 1939 which gave him the first of four Oscar nominations.
Rooney played Andy Hardy in 15 MGM feature films from 1937 to 1946. The series showcased an ideal American family life. Film critic Leonard Maltin said the series was the most popular one of all time.
Rooney got his second Academy Award nomination for 'The Human Comedy' in 1940s. Even during his last days, he was shooting movie 'The Strange Case of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde' with Margaret O'Brien.
Rooney's family members said he died of natural causes.