Lived with grandmother until eight years of age; quit school at 14 and worked as messenger, then as sales clerk; joined Paris cine-clubs
With Robert Lachenay formed own cine-club, Cercle Cinemane
Hired as reporter at "Elle" (date approximate)
Published first film article in "Bulletin of the Latin Quarter Cine-Club"
First film appearance (a bit part) in Rene Clement's "Le Chateau De Verre"
Became film critic for Andre Bazin's "Cahiers du Cinema"
Served in National Service from which he deserted, was caught and dishonorably discharged
Employed by the Service Cinematographique of the Ministry of Agriculture; fired after few months
Began directing amateur 16mm shorts with "Une viste"
Appeared as himself in the short film, "Le Coup de Berger", directed by Jacques Rivette
Worked as assistant to Roberto Rossellini on three of his unreleased films
Directed first short film, "Les Mistons"
Founded own film company, Les Films du Carrosse (named after Jean Renior's film, "Le Carrose d'Or")
Feature film directing debut with "Les Quatre Cents Coups/The 400 Blows"
Wrote original story and appeared in Jean-Luc Godard's "A bout de souffle/Breathless"
With Godard and Lelouche helped organized protests over dismissal of Henri Langlois, head of Cinematheque Francaise; instigated shutting down of Cannes Festival that year
Played first major acting role in a feature, "L'enfant sauvage/The Wild Child", which he also directed
American film acting debut, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
Last acting role in a feature film, "La Chambre Verte/The Green Room", which he also directed
Directed last film, "Vivement Dimanche/Confidentially Yours"
Hospitalized with cerebral hemorrhage