Worked as a floor director of a Washington, DC television station
Moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college
Formed a comedy duo with actor Craig T Nelson; signed by Michael Ovitz
Worked as writer on "The Tim Conway Show" (CBS)
Worked as writer (with Rudy DeLuca) and performer on "The Carol Burnett Show" (CBS)
First screenwriting credit (shared with director Michael Miller) on "Street Girls"
Co-writer (with director Mel Brooks and Rudy DeLuca) on the film "Silent Movie"
Made acting debut as Dennis the bellboy in "High Anxiety"
First collaboration with then-wife Valerie Curtin, the Oscar-nominated script "¿And Justice for All"; also first teaming with Al Pacino
Feature film directing debut (also writer), "Diner"; first film set in Baltimore
Wrote and directed "Tin Men"; second film set in the Baltimore of his youth
Won an Oscar for directing Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman in "Rain Man"
First film as producer (also writer and director), "Avalon"; third film set in Baltimore; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay
Founded Baltimore Picture Company with Mark Johnson
Wrote and directed the acclaimed biopic "Bugsy" starring Warren Beatty; earned a Best Director Academy Award nomination
Executive produced (and directed pilot episode) his first TV drama series, "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC)
Played Dave Garroway in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"
Produced, wrote and directed "Jimmy Hollywood"
Received mixed reviews for "Sleepers" (produced, directed and wrote)
Produced the hit "Donnie Brasco"; re-teamed him with Al Pacino
Served as one of the executive producers of the acclaimed HBO prison drama "Oz"
Directed (also produced) Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro in "Wag the Dog"; scripted by David Mamet
Produced and directed "Sphere," a sci-fi thriller co-starring Hoffman
Merged Baltimore Pictures with Spring Creek Prods. (formed by Paula Weinstein) to form Baltimore Spring Creek Pictures
Served as creator and executive producer of the midseason replacement series "The Beat" (UPN)
Wrote and directed "Liberty Heights," the fourth of his films set in 1950s Baltimore
Was one of the executive producers of "The Perfect Storm"
Served as an executive producer on the CBS miniseries "An American Tragedy" that focused on the O J Simpson murder trial
Directed the Irish-set comedy "An Everlasting Piece"
Produced and directed the crime comedy "Bandits"
With Paula Weinstein, produced Neil LaBute's adaptation of "Possession"
Was executive producer (with Paula Weinstein) on "Analyze That"
Produced and directed "Envy," starring Ben Stiller and Jack Black
Helmed the political comedy "Man of the Year" about a late-night political talk show host (Robin Williams) who decides to run for President
Re-teamed with Robert De Niro for the Hollywood satirical comedy-drama "What Just Happened"
Directed Al Pacino as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You Don't Know Jack"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Nominated for the 2011 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series ("You Don't Know Jack")