Joined a pro minor-league hockey team
Joined Foreign Legion, then Lafayette Flying Corps; plane shot down during WWI; sustained lasting back injuries; awarded Croix de Guerre and other honors
Returned to Boston as war hero; authored (with a ghost writer) his story, "Go, Get 'Em"
While a flight instructor at Rockwell Field, San Diego, became friendly with Hollywood figures
On invitation from Douglas Fairbanks, made film acting debut in "Knickerbocker Buckaroo"
Unhappy with acting, decided to become a director; worked at Goldwyn as messenger boy (including delivering fan mail to his estranged wife), propman, and then assistant director
Moved to Fox as assistant director
Took over direction of "The Eleventh Hour" from mentor Bernard J Durning
Solo directing debut, "The Man Who Won"
After succession of successful low-rent films, asked for raise and was fired
Joined MGM as assistant director
Resumed full-fledged directing chores at MGM with "The Boob" (released after his Columbia effort, "When Husbands Flirt")
Directed first major success (winner of the first Academy Award for best picture), "Wings"
First film as co-screenwriter (also director), "The Robin Hood of El Dorado"
First film as producer (also director), "Men with ings"