Served in U.S. Army as second lieutenant
Began working in story department at 20th Century Fox
Served as vice president of Darryl F. Zanuck Productions with responsibilities for U.S. operations; also worked as assistant to his father when the elder Zanuck produced "The Sun Also Rises" (1956) and "Islands in the Sun" (1957)
Debuted as producer with "Compulsion"
Was assistant to his producer-father on "The Longest Day"
Served as president's production representative at Fox
Became the youngest production chief in Hollywood after his father appointed him executive VP in charge of production at Fox
Promoted to president of 20th Century-Fox
Fired as president by father
Became senior executive vice president at Warner Bros.; resigned in 1972 to become independent producer
With David Brown, formed The Zanuck/Brown Company
First film in collaboration with Brown, "The Sting", won that year's Best Picture Oscar; with Brown, credited as executive producer of the film
Initial collaboration with Steven Spielberg, co-produced the director's debut feature "The Sugarland Express"
Delivered box office blockbuster with Spielberg's "Jaws"; received first Best Picture Oscar nomination as producer
Zanuck/Brown Company based at 20th Century Fox
Earned second Best Picture Academy Award nomination as producer of Sidney Lumet's courtroom drama "The Verdict"
Zanuck/Brown Company based at Warner Bros.
Third wife Lili Fini Zanuck joined producing team on the box-office success "Cocoon"
Dissolved partnership with David Brown
With Lili Fini Zanuck, formed The Zanuck Company
First film released under new banner, "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by Bruce Beresford; received Best Picture Academy Award
Produced wife's directorial debut "Rush"
Received the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (shared with Brown)
Reteamed with Beresford as producer of the family drama "Rich in Love"
Received Producers Guild of America's David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award (shared with Brown)
Reunited with David Brown as producer on "Deep Impact," released through DreamWorks
With Lili Fini Zanuck and Clint Eastwood, produced the thriller "True Crime"; film directed by Eastwood
With wife, co-produced the annual telecast of the Academy Awards
Signed production deal with DreamWorks
First association with director Tim Burton, big screen remake of "Planet of the Apes"
Co-produced "Big Fish," directed by Burton; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Musical or Comedy Picture
Produced Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (2007), and "Alice in Wonderland" (2010), all of which starred Johnny Depp
Produced the Jim Carrey romantic comedy "Yes Man"
Re-teamed with director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp as producer of feature adaptation of the gothic drama "Dark Shadows"