Worked as an office boy for agent Leland Hayward for two months before attending college
Directed plays at the Circle Theatre in Los Angeles
Began career as assistant in Warner Bros. cartoon department
Joined MGM as apprentice to writer-producer-director Don Hartman
Remained Hartman's assistant when he became production head at Paramount
While continuing his Hollywood career, produced several New York stage productions including "There Must Be a Pony" with Myrna Loy and "Comes a Day", starring George C Scott and Judith Anderson
Produced first film, the biopic of Jimmy Piersall "Fear Strikes Out", beginning a seven-film collaboration with director Robert Mulligan
With Mulligan, formed Pakula-Mulligan Productions
Produced final film for Mulligan, "The Stalking Man"
Second Pakula-Mulligan production, "Love With a Proper Stranger", was success
Had box-office hit with "Up the Down Staricase", starring Sandy Dennis
Feature directorial debut, "The Sterile Cuckoo" (also produced)
Delivered top-notch detective-thriller cum character-study "Klute" (co-produced)
Delivered top-notch detective-thriller-cum-character-study "Klute"; also co-produced; steered Jane Fonda to a Best Actress Oscar
Helmed the underrated political thriller "The Parallax View", starring Warren Beatty
Received Best Director Oscar nomination for "All the President's Men"; Jason Robards received Best Supporting Actor Oscar
Reteamed with Jane Fonda and Jason Robards for the Western "Comes a Horseman"
Directed the serio-comic look at divorce "Starting Over", starring Burt Reynolds, Candice Bergen and Jill Clayburgh
Third outing with Jane Fonda, the thriller "Rollover"
First feature screenplay credit, adapting "Sophie's Choice" from the William Styron novel; received Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay; also directed and produced; star Meryl Streep won Best Actress Oscar
Directed film version of Scott Turow's "Presumed Innocent" (also co-wrote with Frank Pierson)
Wrote, directed and produced "The Pelican Brief", adapted form the John Grisham novel
Shepherded the troubled "The Devil's Own" production to conclusion; rewarded for his pains by mostly positive reviews
Appeared as interviewee in Lifetime documentary, "Intimate Portrait: Katherine Graham"