Served briefly in the Austrian cavalry at 17; managed father's straw hat manufacturing factory
Arrived in America; worked as salesman, clerk, short story writer, railroad worker and travel agent
Wrote first play, "In the Morning"
Initial film work as an extra in "Captain McLean" and
First screen credit in "Farewell to Thee"
Debut as assistant director, "Intolerance"; also acted
First film as director, star, and screenwriter in "Blind Husbands/The Pinnacle")
Signed contract with Universal
Starred as villain in "The Heart of Humanity"
Fired from "Merry-Go-Round" by Irving Thalberg
Hired by Goldwyn Company early 1920s
Fired from "Greed" by Irving Thalberg, the production head of newly-formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who then hired Rex Ingram to recut the film
Fired from "Queen Kelly" by Joseph Kennedy
Sound film co-directing debut with "Walking Down Broadway" (co-screenwriter; re-directed by Alfred Werker, re-edited and re-titled "Hello, Sister;" no directorial credit; original prints no longer exist)
Attempted suicide (Christmas)
Hired as contract writer at MGM
Made only stage play appearance in "Arsenic and Old Lace"
Moved to and worked as actor in France; briefly returned to USA to appear in "Sunset Boulevard" (1950)