First visited the United States for an operation on his palate; family later moved to the USA when he was six
Organized a successful cruise ship band, the Pied Pipers, while a college student
Made professional debut on a showboat on Long Island
Joined Joshua Logan's Suffern (New York) stock company as assistant stage manager
Broadway debut in "A Slight Case of Murder"
First major stage role in Broadway revival of "Charley's Aunt"
Broadway directing debut, Marcel Pagnol's "Topaz"
Played Iago to Paul Robson's Othello on Broadway
Broadway producing debut, "Strange Fruit" (also director)
Turned down lead in Billy Wilder's "The Lost Weekend"
Film debut as narrator of short, "Bolivia"
Film acting debut (feature) in "Joan of Arc"
Starred in TV version of his 1947 stage triumph, "Cyrano de Bergerac"; also starred in 1950 film version
Recorded hit duets, "Man" and "Woman" with Rosemary Clooney in the mid-1950s
Film directing debut, "The Shrike" (also actor)
Co-writing debut, "Oh, Captain" on Broadway (also director)
Last American stage appearance at the Paper Mill Playhouse's revival of the Harold Rome musical "Fanny" in Millburn, New Jersey
Final stage performance opposite Mandy Patinkin in the RSC's musical "Born Again" (based on Ionesco's "Rhinoceros")
Planned to return to Broadway in the spring of 1992 to star opposite Judd Hirsch in Herb Gardner's "Conversations with My Father"; forced to bow out due to illness