Served with US Army
Taught fencing and worked as a toy salesman and as a chauffeur
Off-Broadway acting debut in "Roots"
Broadway debut as the comic valet in "The Complaisant Lover"
Portrayed Billy Bibbit in original NYC stage production of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Acted in CBS movie presentation of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"; played Bernard
Film acting debut in "Bonnie and Clyde"
Earned Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Mel Brooks' "The Producers"
Offered a tour de force in title role of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"
Played a memorable comic turn as a man who fell in love with a sheep for the bestiality segment of Woody Allen's "Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex* (*but were afraid to ask)"
Reteamed with Brooks for "Blazing Saddles"; shared Best Screenplay Oscar nomination
Co-screenwriting debut (with director Brooks), "Young Frankenstein"; also starred
Film directing and solo screenwriting debut, "The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother"; also acted
Starred opposite Richard Pryor in "Silver Streak"
Film producing debut (also director, writer and actor), "The World's Greatest Lover"; composed a song for picture
Reunited with Pryor for "Stir Crazy"
Starred opposite future wife Gilda Radner in Sidney Poitier's "Hanky Panky"
Directed and acted in "The Woman in Red"; second film with Radner
Last feature with Radner, "Haunted Honeymoon"; produced, directed and acted
Reteamed with Pryor for the misfire "See No Evil, Hear No Evil"
Helped establish the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (date approximate)
Last film to date with Pryor, "Another You"
Starred as a sensitive, emotional adman and late-in-life father in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Something Wilder"
Made London stage debut in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor"
Disclosed a 1999 diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma