Worked as drama coach for Greenwich House Settlement in NYC
Made Broadway debut as a singing telegraph boy in "Spring Again"
First Broadway performance as Kirk Douglas, "The Three Sisters"
Served with Navy during WWII; received medical discharge after accident involving depth charge
Made feature acting debut in "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers"
Acted with Burt Lancaster in "I Walk Alone"; first of six features in which they would co-star together
Clinched star status with performance in "Champion"; received his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor
Received second Oscar nomination for his portrayal of ambitious movie producer Jonathan Shields in Vincente Minnelli's "The Bad and the Beautiful"
Formed Bryna Productions and produced first film "The Indian Fighter"; also starred
Received third and last Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing Vincent Van Gogh in "Lust for Life"; third of four collaborations with director Minnelli
Produced and starred in second Bryna production, Stanley Kubrick's "Paths of Glory"
Made the call that ended the blacklist in Hollywood by openly hiring Dalton Trumbo to write "Spartacus"; also starred and produced
Produced and starred in "Lonely Are the Brave"; third and final collaboration with screenwriter Trumbo
Founded Joel Productions
Made debut as stage producer for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"; also played the lead role of Randel Patrick McMurphy
Played General George Patton in "Is Paris Burning?"
Film directing debut, "Scalawag"; also produced and starred
Appeared in a made-for-TV musical version of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"
Helmed second feature, "Posse"; also produced and starred
Starred in a dual role in the Australian Western, "The Man from Snowy River"
Nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for playing the title role in the CBS TV-movie, "Amos"
Last movie with Lancaster, "Tough Guys"
Published autobiography <i>The Ragman's Son</i>
Portrayed Matthew Harrison Brady in the NBC TV-movie adaptation of "Inherit the Wind"
Published first novel <i>Dance with the Devil</i>
Received an Emmy nomination for his performance in "Yellow," an episode of "Tales from the Crypt" (HBO); co-starred with son Eric
First feature starring role in eight years, "Greedy"
Suffered a stroke, partially impairing his ability to speak
Returned to acting after his stroke in the film "Diamonds," a comedy co-starring Dan Aykroyd and Lauren Bacall
Teamed with son Michael and grandson Cameron in the feature film "It Runs in the Family"
Cast in "The Illusion," a film helmed by Michael A. Goorjian, who also co-starred
Performed his one-man show "Before I Forget" at a theater that bears his name in Culver City, CA; also released a documentary of the same name