Worked as an apprentice in Canadian TV
Raised $19,000 to make first independent feature, "A Dangerous Age", based largely on his youthful experiences; produced and scripted, as well as helmed
Created "Hudson's Bay" series for the Canadian Broadcasting Company
Immigrated to England
Directed "Wonderful to Be Young/The Young Ones", a musical boasting Herbert Ross as choreographer; opened to business in England second only to the James Bond adventure "Dr. No"
Helmed another musical, "Swinger's Paradise/Wonderful Life"
"The Leather Boys", a film mixing homosexuality and motorcycles, garnerd critical acclaim and brought him to the attention of producer (and fellow Canadian) Harry Saltzman
For Saltzman, directed "The Ipcress File", a spy story starring Michael Caine; its box office success in England and the United States led to his first US directing opportunity; earned British Academy Award as Best Picture
US directing debut, "The Appaloosa", starring Marlon Brando
Directed Frank Sinatra in "The Naked Runner"
Signed a four-picture deal with Paramount
Helmed and scripted (with Harold Buchman) "The Lawyer", creating the character of Tony Petrocelli played by Barry Newman; Newman would reprise the character in the NBC series "Petrocelli" (1974-1976), with Furie credited as co-creator
Asked by studio to take over "Little Fauss and Big Halsy", originally scheduled to be directed by its screenwriter Charles Eastman
Enjoyed commercial success with Billie Holiday biopic, "Lady Sings the Blues"; Diana Ross earned Best Actress Oscar nomination
Fourth pic of Paramount deal, "Hit", reteamed him with Richard Pryor and Billy Dee Williams from "Lady Sings the Blues"
Co-wrote (with Richard Natkin) and helmed "The Boys in Company C", which featured a standout performance by Stan Shaw, whipping green Marine recruits in shape for Vietnam
Helmed sensational and exploitive "The Entity", based on a true case history of the paranormal
Reteamed with Natkin to write "Purple Hearts", a Vietnam love story; also produced and directed; first screen collaboration with Ken Wahl
Initiated the "Iron Eagle" franchise, a pale imitation of "Top Gun"; co-wrote original and "Iron Eagle II" (1988) with Kevin Elders
Effectively killed the Superman franchise with atrocious "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace"
Authored the story for and helmed "The Taking of Beverly Hills"; reteamed with Ken Wahl
Last feature to date to receive a theatrical release, "Ladybugs", starring Rodney Dangerfield
Helmed the pilot for syndicated Canadian-produced series, "Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years"
Took to the air one last time with "Iron Eagle IV", downgraded from feature film to cable movie; aired on HBO
Directed a string of TV and straight-to-video projects including "Hollow Point" (HBO, 1997), "Married to a Stranger" (The Family Channel, 1998), "Top of the World" (HBO, 1998), "The Collectors" (filmed 1998), "The Rage" (1998), "Cord" (2000), "Tripwire" (filmed 2000)
Helmed episodes of the syndicated series "V.I.P."