At age seven, suffered a bout with polio
Served as a reviewer and managing editor for FILM BULLETIN, a trade magazine (dates approximate)
Moved to California with future producer Jon Davison, Jonathan Kaplan and some other people recommended by Martin Scorsese
Began working in film advertising
Started working at Roger Corman's New World Pictures making trailers; first assignment "Student Teachers"
First feature credit, editor of "The Arena", a New World period actioner directed by Steve Carver
Co-directing debut (with Allan Arkush), "Hollywood Boulevard"
Served as editor on Ron Howard's "Grand Theft Auto"
Appeared as an interview subject in the documentary "Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel"
Solo directing debut, "Piranha"
Offered $50,000 by producer Dino DeLaurentis to direct "Orca II"; project was canceled
Invited to direct "Jaws: 3--People: 0", a "National Lampoon" horror-comedy spoof produced by David Brown and Richard Zanuck; left the project due to excessive studio interference
Co-wrote (with Arkush) story for "Rock 'n' Roll High School"
Replaced the director attached to a project entitled "The Howling"; had John Sayles rewrite the screenplay
Directed critical breakthrough feature, "The Howling"
Helmed episodes of "Police Squad!", a spoof of cop shows from producer-writers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker
Directed "It's a Good Life", a segment of "Twilight Zone - The Movie"; first collaborations with producer-directors Steven Spielberg and John Landis
Directed commercial breakthrough feature, "Gremlins"; produced by Steven Spielberg
Feature acting debut, "The Slumber Party Massacre"
Directed "The Shadow Man", an episode on the revival of "The Twilight Zone"
Helmed an episode of "Amazing Stories", a Spielberg-produced fantasy anthology series, entitled "Boo" starring Eddie Bracken and scripted by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel; directed another episode the following season
Appeared as an interview subject and provided assistance for "The Fantasy Film World of George Pal", a documentary directed by Arnold Leibovit about the innovative and influential producer-director
Provided assistance for "The Puppetoon Movie", a compilation film of George Pal's animated shorts from the 1940s, directed by Arnold Leibovit
Helmed the sci-fi comedy "Innerspace", about a Naval officer who participates in an experiment wherein he is miniaturized and then is accidentally injected into the body of an unsuspecting civilian
Formed Renfield Productions
Helmed the sequel "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"; first film under the Renfield banner
Served as creative consultant and directed the pilot and five subsequent episodes of "Eerie, Indiana", an NBC teen fantasy adventure series
Credited as "Face on the Cutting Room Floor" in John Landis' Sylvester Stallone vehicle, "Oscar"
Received a creator's credit (shared with Arkush) on the direct-to-video sequel "Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever"
Appeared as an interview subject on "Naked Hollywood", a British documentary series broadcast on A&E
Performed a cameo as a lab assistant in "Stephen King's Sleepwalkers"
Appeared as an interview subject in "The Magical World of Chuck Jones", a documentary cum compilation film devoted to the celebrated animation director
Returned to films after a three-year absence with "Matinee", a semi-autobiographical look at the movie showmen (like William Castle) of the 1960s
Delivered a cameo as a jailer in Landis' "Beverly Hills Cop III"
TV-movie directing debut, "Runaway Daughters", a remake of a 1957 American International Pictures release, shown as part of Showtime's "Rebel Highway" series
Appeared as an interview subject on "The Roger Corman Special" on the Sci-Fi Channel
Directed the HBO satire "The Second Civil War"
Returned to features at in the director's chair of "Small Soldiers", a somewhat violent tale of action figures that mistakenly are implanted with state-of-the-art military technology and develop minds of their own