Immigrated to USA; sources are divided over at what age he arrived in the USA; most indicate c. 1906 when he was eight years of age, although some claim he arrived after WWI in order to study law at NYU
While studying at NYU, joined the Washington Square Players as a stage director
Signed by Warner Bros.; worked initially as a dialogue coach and assistant director; worked under Michael Curtiz and William Dieterle
Served as dialogue director on "Kid Galahd"
Turned down several directing assignments while waiting for the right script
Feature directorial debut, "Shining Victory"; sources claim that Bette Davis made a cameo appearance as a nurse
First major success as a director, "One Foot in Heaven", which was one of the 10 nominees that year for the Best Picture Oscar; replaced Anatole Litvak
Helmed what is considered his best feature, the Davis vehicle "Now, Voyager", also starring Claude Rains and Paul Henried
Made first biopic, "The Adventures of Mark Twain", starring Frederic March
Reteamed with Davis as director of "The Corn Is Green"
Directed "Rhapsody in Blue", the whitewashed musical biopic of George Gershwin
Reteamed Davis, Henreid and Rains in "Deception"
First film as a free-lancer, "Anna Lucasta"
Returned to Warner Bros. to helm "The Glass Menagerie"
Final film with Bette Davis, "Another Man's Poison"; shot in England
Directed "The Brave One", loosely inspired by "Androcles and the Lion"
Returned to Warner Bros. as director of "Marjorie Morningstar", starring Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly
Went to Italy to direct several films, beginning with "Joseph and His Brethren"
Last film for eight years, the Italian-French co-production, "Pontius Pilate"
Made return to feature directing with "The Christine Jorgensen Story"
Again returned to filmmaking; directed last film, "Born Again", the biopic of Watergate conspirator turned Christian Charles Colson