Moved with mother to NYC after father's death (date approximate)
Became a copyboy at NEW YORK JOURNAL
Began journalistic career as reporter for THE NEW YORK EVENING GRAPHIC
Moved to California and worked as crime reporter for THE SAN DIEGO SUN
Published first novel, "Burn Baby Burn"
Screenwriting debut with "Hats Off"
Served in North Africa and Europe during World War II; awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Silver Star
Returned to Hollywood after military service
Film directing debut with "I Shot Jesse James"; also scripted
Producing debut (also directed) "The Steel Helmet"
Directed "Pickup on South Street"
Directed occasional episodes of TV series like "The Dick Powell Show" and "The Virginian"
Played himself in Jean-Luc Godard's "Pierrot le Fou"
Cast as 'Movie Director' in Dennis Hopper's ill-fated "The Last Movie"
First collaboration with Wim Wenders, "The American Friend"
Wrote and directed "The Big Red One", based onhis wartime experiences in Northern Africa
Directed and co-wrote (with Curtis Hanson) the controversial "White Dog", about a stray dog that had been trained to attack blacks; film was not released in the USA until 1991 and even at that time, only in limited areas; NBC purchased rights to air the film, but never did; edited version has aired on US cable stations
Directed final feature, "Street of No Return"
Final acting role in Wenders' "The End of Violence" as Gabriel Byrne's father