Served with German army during WWI
Lost vision in right eye; discharged (as lieutenant)
First filmscripts sold "Die Hochzeit im Exzentrikklub/The Wedding in the Eccentric Club" and "Hilde Warren und der Tod/Hilde Warren and Death"
Film acting debut (as "Death") in "Hilde Warren und der Tod/Hilde Warren and Death"
Hired as screenwriter, Decla film company (Berlin)
Film directing debut with "Halbblut/The Half-Caste" (also screenwriter; no longer exists)
Left Decla; signed with Joe May as director for "Das Wandernde Bild/The Wandering Image" (no longer exists)
Left May; returned to Decla (merged to become Decla-Bioscop)
Rights to "Der Mude Tod/Destiny" bought by Douglas Fairbanks
Founded production company Fritz-Lang-Films (released through UFA)
Ended association with UFA
Refused work as director of Nazi propaganda films; left Germany for Paris
Hired as director by David O Selznick, MGM
Became American citizen
Contract with MGM not renewed
First color film and Western as director "The Return of Frank James" (for Fox)
Co-founded production company Diana Productions
Diana Productions went bankrupt
Last Western directed (for RKO) "Rancho Notorious"
Last American film directed "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt"
Last film directed "Die tausend Augen des Dr. Mabuse/The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse"
Last role as actor in "Le Mepris/Contempt" (Jean-Luc Godard film; Lang played himself)