Attended religious boarding schools as a child
Was a contributor to satirical magazine, "Il 420" in Florence; also worked for a time as a proofreader
Went to Rome where he worked as secretary for newspaper, "Il Popolo di Roma"
Enrolled in the University of Rome Law School; did not attend classes but used his student status to avoid conscription; sold stories and cartoons to weekly magazine, "Marc Aurelio" (also became story editor in 1939) (date approximate)
Travelled with a vaudeville troupe, writing gags and doing general support work; later recalled the year as "the most important of his life"
First film as gag writer, "Lo Vedi come soi...lo vedi come sea?!"
Debut as radio gag writer for comedian Macario
First film as uncredited screenwriter, "Documento Z 3"
Set up "Funny Face Shop" to make caricatures of GIs; shop also took photographs and let soldiers make voice recordings that they could send home to families
First film as assistant director, "Roma Citta aperta/Open City" (also co-wrote)
Set up "Funny Face Shop" to make caricatures of GIs
First film as co-scenarist "Paisan" (also assistant director)
Screen acting debut in "Il Miracolo/The Miracle"
Formed Capitolium production company with Alberto Lattuada
First feature film as co-director and co-screenwriter (with Alberto Lattuada), "Luci del Varieta/Variety Lights"
First feature film as solo director, "Lo Sceicco Bianco/The White Sheik"
Formed Federiz production company with Angelo Rizzoli; company went bankrupt in one year without making any films
Directed and narrated, "Fellini: A Director's Notebook" for NBC-TV
First appeared in one of his own films, "The Clowns"
Made an appearance as himself in the American feature, "Alex in Wonderland"
Last appearance in a feature film, "Intervista", which he also directed
Last completed film, "Voices of the Moon"
Suffered a stroke in August; later suffered from heart failure; en route to recovery in October, suffered another stroke when he gagged on a piece of cheese while dining in a restaurant