Performed with American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut
Acted with New York Shakespeare Festival
Began writing film criticism for publications including <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>Esquire</i> and <i>Film Culture</i>
Worked as a film programmer for the New Yorker Theater in Manhattan
Directed and co-produced the Off-Broadway staging of "The Big Knife"
Wrote monographs for the Museum of Modern Art Film Library on Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Howard Hawks
Moved to California
Hired as second unit director by Roger Corman for "Wild Angels"; claims to have done rewrites (uncredited), location scouting and editing; was hired after Corman read some of his film criticism
First feature film credit (as additional sequence director and narrator), "Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women" (credited as Derek Thomas)
Feature directing and producing debut, "Targets," starring Boris Karloff and executive produced by Corman (also wrote and acted)
Release of first documentary, "Directed by John Ford" (commissioned by the American Film Institute)
Won acclaim for directing "The Last Picture Show"; received Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay (shared with Larry McMurtry)
Produced and directed "What's Up, Doc?" co-starring Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand
Formed the Directors Company with Francis Ford Coppola and William Friedkin
Again collaborated with O'Neal for "Paper Moon" (produced and directed); also co-starred a 10-year-old Tatum O'Neal who picked up a Supporting Actress Oscar; was the Directors Company's first offering
Provided companion Cybil Shepard with a starring vehicle, "Daisy Miller"; film received lackluster critical reception
Wrote and directed the heartfelt valentine to early days of moviemaking, "Nickelodeon"; third film with Ryan O'Neal; second with Tatum O'Neal
Made a movie version of Paul Theroux's novel "Saint Jack"
Released "They All Laughed"after Dorothy Stratten's murder; wrote screenplay and contributed music, in addition to directing; distributed film himself after failing to find a distributor due to the negative publicity surrounding the Stratten murder
Published the memoir, <i>The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten</i>
Directed the well received drama "Mask" co-starring Cher and Eric Stoltz
Founded Crescent Moon Productions, Inc.
Weekly film commentator for the CBS News program, "CBS This Morning"
Returned to "Last Picture Show" territory with the sequel "Texasville" (produced, directed and scripted); was a critical and box office failure
Translated the door-slamming British sex farce from the stage to the screen as director of "Noises Off"
Directed "The Thing Called Love," about a country singer-songwriter who wants to make it big in Nashville; one of River Phoenix's last roles
Helmed segments of the Showtime anthology series' "Picture Windows" and "Fallen Angels"
Directed a television sequel to 1967 feature film "To Sir With Love" (CBS) with Sidney Poitier reprising his role
Helmed another CBS movie, "The Price of Heaven"
Appeared as the leader of therapy group in "Mr. Jealousy"; co-starred and produced by Eric Stoltz
Had a cameo appearance in the feature "54"
Returned to acting, playing the recurring role of Dr. Melfi's (Lorraine Bracco) psychotherapist in the HBO series "The Sopranos"; also directed a fifth season episode of the series
Returned to directing features with "The Cat's Meow" (released theatrically in 2002)
Had a supporting role as a fictional version of himself in the Showtime comedy series "Out of Order"
Cast in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
Appeared in Zoe Cassavetes' directorial debut, "Broken English"