Served in the Royal Air Force (dates approximate)
Joined Frank Dunlop's Midland Theatre Company, Coventry, England, where he stage-managed and made stage acting debut in "You and Your Wife"
Joined English Stage Society at the Royal Court in London (date approximate)
London stage debut, "The Mulberry Bush"
Played Cliff in the original production of John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger"
First film appearance, a one-minute impersonation of King Lear in "It's Never Too Late"
Broadway debut, "Look Back in Anger"
US TV debut, "Duel For Love"
Feature film debut in movie version of Osborne's "The Entertainer"
Originated part of Mick in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker" on the English stage
Reprised "Caretaker" role on Broadway
First collaboration with director John Schlesinger, "A Kind of Loving"
Again reprised stage role in feature film "The Caretaker/The Guest", directed by Clive Donner
Portrayed Anthony Quinn's intellectual British cohort in "Zorba the Greek"
Played the lover who left Lynn Redgrave in the lurch in "Georgy Girl"
Reteamed with Schlessinger for "Far From the Madding Crowd"; first screen teaming with Julie Christie
Received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for John Frankenheimer's "The Fixer", adapted by Dalton Trumbo from the Bernard Malamud novel
Engaged in now famous nude wrestling scene with Oliver Reed in Ken Russell's film adaptation of the D H Larwence novel "Women in Love"
Interpreted title role of "Hamlet" on British stage
Starred as farmer opposite aristocratic Julie Christie in Joseph Losey's "The Go-Between"; screenplay written by Harold Pinter
Portrayed Petruccio in "The Taming of the Shrew" for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Reprised Tony-winning role from Simon Gray's stage play "Butley" in film version directed by Pinter
Reunited with Frankenheimer for "Impossible Object"
First film with Lindsay Anderson, "In Celebration"
Was outstanding as Jill Clayburgh's ultimate lover (after abandonment by weak-willed husband Michael Murphy) in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman"
Came home shell-shocked to wife Julie Christie after World War I in "The Return of the Soldier"
Reteamed with director Anderson for "Brittania Hospital"
Earned a BAFTA Award for his portrayal of exiled traitor Guy Burgess in "An Englishman Abroad", a TV-movie (BBC) directed by John Schlesinger
Second TV film with Schlesinger, "Separate Tables" (HBO)
Turned in a solid portrayal as King Claudius in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet", starring Mel Gibson as the Melancholy Dane
Portrayed Marcel Proust in A&E movie "102 Boulevard Haussman"
Starred as obsessive English writer Hamish Partt in A&E movie "Unnatural Pursuits" (screenplay by Simon Gray)
Played Josiah Bounderby in PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" production of Charles Dickens' "Hard Times"
Appeared as Oliver in four-part "Oliver's Travels" for "Mystery!" (PBS)
Embarked on West End Show "Life Support", his 11th collaboration with playwright Gray, directed by Pinter
Starred opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in CBS movie "Reginald's Gift", the true story of Maggie and Reginald Green who donated the organs of their brain-dead son, enhancing or saving the lives of seven people
Returned to the NYC stage in the Off-Broadway production of "The Unexpected Man"
Gave a sterling performance as the head butler at "Gosford Park" in Robert Altman's ensemble murder mystery
Returned to Broadway opposite Frank Langella in "Fortune's Fool"
Appeared in the Richard Gere thriller "Mothman Prophecies"
Appeared in the Tom Clancy thriller "The Sum of All Fears"
featured in "The Statement" with Michael Caine