Lived in Madison, WI and Gilroy, CA before settling in Beaver Dam, WI after parents' separation when he was five
Before attending college, formed three-piece musical outfit, Mac's Melody Boys
Worked in a pea-canning factory after high school graduation
Moved to Chicago where he worked as a shoe salesman; continued music career performing with various bands (including "The Royal Purples) as saxophonist and vocalist
Moved to Los Angeles where he worked in a car painting shop and as a Hollywood extra
Made record (as singer) with George Olsen's Orchestra; worked as orchestra musician for silent films; joined band The California Collegians as singer-saxophonist-comedian
Film debut as extra in "Girls Gone Wild"; also bit as rancher in "Tiger Rose"
Performed in vaudeville
Appeared with the California Collegians on Broadway in two revues, "Three's a Crowd" (1930) and "The Third Little Show" and in the Jerome Kern musical, "Roberta" (1934; was also Bob Hope's understudy)
Signed contract with Paramount
Film acting debut in "Friends of Mr. Sweeney"
Achieved stardom with first leading role in "The Gilded Lily"; also marked his first of seven co-starring appearances with Claudette Colbert
Appeared on 17 episodes of Lux Radio Theatre during the 1930s
Attracted considerable critical attention with his change-of-pace role in Billy Wilder's film noir, "Double Indemnity"
Affiliation with Paramount comes to an end; made one more film there in 1947 and one in 1955, but otherwise largely free-lanced; last film under long-term contract, "Murder, He Says"
Last co-starring appearance with Claudette Colbert, "Family Honeymoon"
Starred on radio series, "Bright Star"
TV debut on "Bachelor's Bride" episode of "G.E. Theatre"
First film for Walt Disney Productions, "The Shaggy Dog"
Starred on the long-running TV sitcom, "My Three Sons"
Last feature for five years, "The Happiest Millionaire"
Returned to features for the last of his seven films with Disney, "Charley and the Angel"
TV-movie debut, "The Chadwick Family" (pilot for unsold series)
Starred in TV-movie, "The Bermuda Triangle"
Went into semi-retirement on his 2,300-acre California ranch where he raised Black Angus cattle in the 1970s
Last acting role in a feature, "The Swarm"
Appeared as himself in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"