Started out as an actor in the mid-1920s
Began film career, assisting Edgar Wallace at British Lion Films
Worked as filmmaker Basil Dean's dialogue director
Began directing his own films, beginning with the romance "It Happened in Paris" and the Napoleonic War-set drama "Midshipman Easy/Men of the Sea"
Directed Edmund Gwenn and Cedric Hardwicke in "Laburnum Grove"
Helmed the comedy "Who's Your Lady Friend?"; directed and co-scripted the forgettable melodrama "Talk of the Devil"
Won notice with "Bank Holiday", an ambitious episodic portrait of working class Britain
Helmed "The Stars Looked Down", a gripping tale of Welsh coalminers starring Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood
Directed Lockwood in "A Girl Must Live", a drama about a young woman who goes from a proper prep school to a chorus
Was the director of the suspense-filled drama "Night Train to Munich", starring Lockwood and Rex Harrison
Directed wife Diana Wynyard and Michael Redgrave in "Kipps", based on H.G. Wells' novel about a shopkeeper who rises above his social standing through an inheritance
Helmed the biopic "The Young Mr. Pitt", starring Robert Donat as the British Prime Minister elected at age 24
Joined the British Army's documentary film unit during World War II, making training films
Won accclaim for his feature "Odd Man Out", an affecting drama about a rebel Irish leader (James Mason)
Produced and directed his seminal work, "The Third Man", a mystery starring Orson Welles, Trevor Howard and Joseph Cotten, based on the novel by Graham Greene
Helmed a harrowing adaptation of Joseph Conrad's "An Outcast of the Islands", set in the exotic jungles of Malaysia and starring Trevor Howard and Robert Morley
Knighted by King George VI
Directed "The Man Between", a post-World War II Berlin-set drama starring James Mason
Helmed "A Kid For Two Farthings", a fable about a young boy in London's Jewish ghetto who keeps a sickly goat with one horn as his magical unicorn
Directed Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida in "Trapeze"
Helmed "The Key", a World War II-set romantic drama starring William Holden and Sophia Loren
Directed second adaptation of a Graham Greene novel, the spy comedy "Our Man in Havana", starring Alec Guinness
Helmed the crime drama "The Running Man", starring Laurence Harvey as the titular fugitive who fakes his death in order to collect insurance money
Directed "The Agony and the Ecstasy", starring Charlton Heston as Michelangelo conflicting with Rex Harrison's Pope Julius II over the Sistine Chapel
Helmed "Oliver!", a musical based on the Dickens classic "Oliver Twist"; won an Oscar for his work
Was director of "Flap", a comedic look at the plight of modern Native Americans
Directed last feature, "Follow Me"
"The Third Man" named best British film of all time by the British Film Institute