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