Raised in Nashville, Tennessee
Became involved with the Nashville Community Players; became friends with Fred Coe
Worked for General Shoe Corporation
Served as B-24 bomber pilot with Eighth Air Corps; then as Squadron Intelligence Officer
After graduating Yale with an MFA, worked as a director at the Town Theatre of Columbia in South Carolina
Invited by Coe to NYC to direct TV dramas
Helmed live programs for "Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse"
During the 'Golden Age of Television', directed numerous productions for such esteemed series as "Playhouse 90", "Producers Showcase" and "DuPont Show of the Month"
Helmed the well-received TV drama "Marty", starring Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand
Made feature film debut as director with "Marty", starring Ernest Borgnine; won Best Director Academy Award
Earned Emmy nomination for directing "Our Town" (NBC)
Guided David Niven and Wendy Hiller to Oscars in "Separate Tables"
Helmed "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"
First teaming with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, "Lover Come Back"
Reunited with Day and Hudson for the comedy "That Touch of Mink"
Helmed the effective romance "Dear Heart", pairing Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page
Was director of the notorious TV production of "Heidi" (NBC), which caused controversy when the network cut away from a football game in progress to air the movie
Helmed a well-received TV adaptation of "David Copperfield" (NBC)
Won acclaim for direction of "The Man Without a Country" (ABC)
First of four TV-movies featuring actress Lee Remick, "A Girl Named Sooner" (ABC)
Was director of the NBC drama "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident"
Returned to feature filmmaking with "Birch Interval", about a young girl sent to live with the Amish
Helmed the well-acted drama about a crumbling marriage, "Breaking Up" (NBC), starring Remick; received Emmy nomination
Reunited with Remick for "Torn Between Two Lovers" (CBS)
Garnered good critical notices for direction of the CBS movie remake "All Quiet on the Western Front"; received third career Emmy nomination
Directed a live NBC telecast of the play "All the Way Home", starring Sally Field and William Hurt
Helmed the NBC live telecast of the small screen remake of "The Member of the Wedding", starring Pearl Bailey
Last collaboration with Lee Remick, "The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story" (CBS)
Last feature film, "Bronte", a one-woman show about Charlotte Bronte starring Julie Harris
Helmed the ABC miniseries "A Death in California"
Was director of the NBC biopic "The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story"
Directed the documentary "Grace Kelly -- The American Princess" for Cinemax's "Crazy About the Movies"
Produced and directed the TV adaptation of Howard Fast's novel "April Morning"
Was director of the TNT period drama "Ironclads"
Produced and directed the CBS sequel "Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore", with Walter Matthau reprising his role as laywer Horace Cobb
Directed and produced the second sequel, "An Incident in a Small Town" (CBS), with Matthau again playing Cobb
Last TV film (to date), "Lily in Winter", a USA Network drama that marked the acting debut of singer Natalie Cole