With a movie career spanning a record-breaking 86 years, Mickey Rooney grew up on screen – even if he never grew to be very tall. Rooney first entertained crowds at the age of 17 months when he joined his parents’ vaudeville act but it wouldn’t be long before he made the jump to pictures. Rooney’s mother originally brought him to Hollywood to audition for Our Gang but declined the opportunity to be a Little Rascal over salary disputes. After starring in several short films, Rooney found his big break playing All-American teenager Andy Hardy in a long-running series of movies and used that success to land roles in good-spirited musicals opposite longtime friend and costar, Judy Garland. Rooney aged but never lost his youthful spirit and, in his later years, often played the cheerful mentor – on and off screen – to Hollywood’s next generation of child stars.