Family moved to California
Worked as plumber's assistant before becoming performer in carnivals and vaudeville
Hired to work the Pantages vaudeville circuit
First appearance in film as an extra in one-reel comedies for Selig Polyscope Company
First film appearance in "Ben's Kid"
Joined Keystone; first film as actor (Keystone Cop) in "In the Clutches of the Gang"
Feature film acting debut, "Passions He Had Three"
Directed first feature, "Barnyard Flirtations"
Teamed with Mabel Normand for a series of films
Established own film company, Comique, in partnership with Joseph M Schenck; films released through Famous Players Lasky; hired Buster Keaton as a writer
Signed with Paramount; made nine films in an eighteen month period
Arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of Virginia Rappe
Tried three times for manslaughter; acquitted
Began directing films under the pseudonym William B Goodrich
Returned to stage in "Baby Mine"
Opened restaurant, The Plantation Cafe (closed 1930)
Made several vaudeville appearances and an unsuccessful European tour
Had just completed four comedy shorts for Warner Bros. at the time of death; died of heart attack after celebrating his first wedding anniversary with third wife