Served with the Czechoslovakian artillery during WWI while still a teenager; attained rank of corporal
Began stage career as a teenager in his native Prague; made stage debut with a walk-on in "Burning Heart" while an apprentice with the New German Theater
Became a matinee idol on the stage in Vienna, Berlin and other European cities in the 1920s; played Romeo in a Max Reinhardt production of "Romeo and Juliet"
Earliest films included the German-made "Pandora's Box" and "The Wonderful Lie of Nina Petrovna" and the French "Maman Colibri"
London stage debut, "My Sister and I"
Had a success with Broadway debut in "Autumn Crocus"; later reprised role in Los Angeles production
US feature debut, "Man of Two Worlds" (shot in 1933, released in early 1934)
Succeeded Laurence Olivier in the leading male role of the popular Broadway comedy "No Time for Comedy"
Last film for several years, "Puddin' Head"; focused primarily on stage tours in the USA for several years
Returned to films with "Voice in the Wind"
Last film for six years, "Surrender"
Returned to film work with "Lisbon" and "The Ambassador's Daughter"
Last major film work, "Terror Is a Man"
Was one of the founders of the American National Academy of Performing Arts in Los Angeles
Was one of the founders of the International Academy of Performing Arts in Washington, DC
Appeared as an interviewee in the compilation documentary, "The Other Eye/Der Andere Blick," an examination of the life and career of director G.W. Pabst
Appeared as an interviewee in the documentary, "Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu," focusing on his leading lady from "Pandora's Box"; made for TV for Turner Classic Movies (TCM)