Raised in Evansville, Indiana
In the mid-1930s, suffered a football injury; traveled to Mexico to recuperate; studied and became a professional matador
Hired as technical advisor for "Blood and Sand"
Worked as a messenger at Hal Roach studios
First association with actor Randolph Scott, as assistant director on Charles Vidor's "The Desperadoes"
Film directing debut, credited as Oscar Boetticher, "One Mysterious Night"
Served in the US Marines; made propaganda films including 1946's "The Fleet That Came to Stay"
First post-war films, "Assigned to Danger" and "Behind Locked Doors"
Changed billing to Budd Boetticher
First screenplay credit, "The Bullfighter and the Lady"; shared Oscar nomination for Best Motion Picture Story with with Ray Nazarro; also directed; film produced by John Wayne
Helmed "The Cimarron Kid", starring Audie Murphy
Directed Anthony Quinn (whom he met during "Blood and Sand") in "City Beneath the Sea"; Quinn would later act in three other Boetticher films and provide the narration for "Arruza"
First of six collaborations with Lucien Ballard as director of photography, "The Magnificent Matador", starring Quinn
Reunited with Randolph Scott, for the first in a series of Westerns, "Seven Men From Now"; produced by John Wayne's brother Robert E Morrison; also first of four collaborations with screenwriter Burt Kennedy
Hired Charles 'Buddy' Lawton Jr as director of photography for "The Tall T", the first of three collaborations (all for which Kennedy provided screenplays); also first of six films produced by Harry Joe Brown
Employed Ballard as director of photography for "Buchanan Rides Alone", the only Boetticher-Scott Western for which he was head cameraman
First credit as producer, "Ride Lonesome", starring Scott (who was executive producer); Lawton was director of photography
Seventh and last film directing Scott, "Commanche Station"; also produced; final film with Lawton
With "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond", added a fine gangster film to his oeuvre; Ballard was director of photography
First showing of "Arruza", his documentary about his friend Carlos Arruza, the Mexican bullfighter; also produced and wrote screenplay; released in USA in 1971 with new narration (Quinn replacing Jason Robards Jr); Lucien Ballard was director of photography
Wrote story for Don Siegel's "Two Mules for Sister Sara"
First feature as director in more than a decade, the Audie Murphy-produced "A Time for Dying", released shortly after Murphy's death; wrote screenplay; Murphy contributd cameo as Jesse James; lensing completed in 1964; Ballard was cinematographer
Last directorial assignment to date, the documentary "My Kingdom For . . ."; also wrote screenplay
Acted in Robert Towne's "Tequila Sunrise"