Began playing violin at age six (date approximate)
Composed the appropriately lively score for "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara
Formed his own orchestra, alternately billed as The Victor Young Orchestra and Victor Young and His Singing Strings
Had first hit record with "Sweet Sue, Just You"; lyrics by Will J Harris
Scored the moving melodrama "To Each His Own"
Sent to live with grandparents in Warsaw after mother's death and father's abandonment (date approximate)
Toured throughout the United States and Europe as a concert violinist, accompanied by his sister Helen, an accomplished pianist
Wrote the dramatic and involving Oscar-nominated score for the film adaptation of Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
Served as orchestra leader of Chicago Theater
Was a violinist and arranger with the Tedd Fio Rito Orchestra
Was nominated for 22 Academy Awards during his career; winning only after his death
Wrote several songs with lyricist Ned Washington, including the classics "Stella by Starlight" and "My Foolish Heart"
Worked in radio in Chicago and later in NYC
Wrote the score (including Peggy Lee's popular theme song) to the flamboyant Western "Johnny Guitar", starring Joan Crawford
Began working for Paramount Pictures, first as a musical director and then as chief composer and arranger, scoring dozens of movies for the studio
His theme song to "My Foolish Heart" earned the composer hit status and an Oscar nomination
Made debut as concert violinist with Warsaw Philharmonic
Posthumously won first Academy Award for the 1956 effort "Around the World in 80 Days"
Worked in vaudeville, then as composer of silent film scores
Wrote the charming popular theme to the otherwise unremarkable film "Love Letters"