Worked for local radio station in Philadelphia, PA
Served in U.S. Army during WWII
Formed dramatic group in Fort Jackson, SC; while in military service met future associate, producer Fred Coe
Joined U.S. Army's Soldier Show Company (headed by Joshua Logan; members included Mickey Rooney and Paddy Chayefsky)
Spent two years studying literature at Italian colleges
Began working at NBC-TV in NYC as floor manager on the "Colgate Comedy Hour"; worked his way up to assistant director; moved to Los Angeles when show relocated there
Invited to New York by Fred Coe to direct "Gulf Playhouse: 1st Person" (NBC)
Began writing and directing TV dramas for "Philco Television Playhouse" (NBC)
Staged a production of James Leo Herlihy's "Blue Denim" for summer stock company in Westport, CT
Moved to CBS, where he directed for "Playhouse 90"
Made inauspicious Broadway debut, directing "The Lovers"; closed after only four days
Helmed William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker" for "Playhouse 90"
Directed Gibson's "Two for the Seesaw" on Broadway; starred Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft; earned a Tony nomination
Made feature directorial debut, "The Left-Handed Gun"; produced by Coe
Won a Tony directing Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke in the Broadway version of "The Miracle Worker"
Earned a Tony nomination for directing "All the Way Home"
Adapted "The Miracle Worker" for the big screen; re-teamed with Bancroft and Duke; earned first Academy Award nomination as Best Director
Produced and directed "Mickey One," starring Warren Beatty
Directed Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda in "The Chase"
Earned second Academy Award nomination for directing "Bonnie and Clyde"; re-teamed with Beatty (who also produced); first of six collaborations with editor Dede Allen
Co-wrote (with Venable Herndon) and directed "Alice's Restaurant"; received third Academy Award nomination for Best Director
Presented view of the American West where the Indians were the good guys in "Little Big Man"
Directed one section of the eight-director documentary on the 1972 Munich Olympics, "Visions of Eight"; his segment, "The Highest" dealt with pole-vaulting
Directed "Night Moves," featuring Gene Hackman
Directed George C. Scott in "Sly Fox" on Broadway
Returned to Broadway as director of "Golda," starring Anne Bancroft as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir
Produced and directed "Four Friends" from an autobiographical script by Steve Tesich
Third film with Hackman, "Target"
Directed Ron Silver and Dianne Wiest in "Hunting Cockroaches" for NYC's Manhattan Theatre Club
Helmed last feature film, "Penn and Teller Get Killed"
Contributed to the omnibus project, "Lumiere and Company"
Directed the Showtime movie "Inside," about the excesses of apartheid in South Africa
Became an executive producer on NBC's "Law & Order"
Returned to stage to direct "Fortune's Fool" with Alan Bates and Frank Langella