Joined the Royal Air Force during World War II
Made theater debut in a small role with Leicester's Little Theater (his mother was President)
West End debut, "Awake and Sing"
Achieved star status when he reprised his role as Pinkie in the film version of "Brighton Rock"
Cast opposite Edward G. Robinson in John Boulting's propaganda drama "Journey Together"
Co-produced (with Forbes) first film "The Angry Silence"
Directed Pierce Brosnan as conservationist "Grey Owl"
Made film directing debut with "Oh! What a Lovely War"
Made first Hollywood film "The Great Escape"
Produced and directed "Chaplin," starring Robert Downey Jr. in title role
Professional stage debut in "Ah, Wilderness!" at Palmers Green
Reprised role for Spielberg's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park"
Won two Academy Awards for directing and producing the historical epic "Gandhi"
Formed the production company Beaver Films with Bryan Forbes
Lent his voice to the CBS miniseries "Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story"
Played a deserting sailor in film debut "In Which We Serve"
Played Kris Kringle in the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street"
Published in association with long-standing associate Diana Hawkins, his autobiography <i>Entirely Up to You, Darling</i>
Returned to acting in features for Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park"
At age 12, hired public hall in Leicester and mounted an evening of harmonica solos, comic songs, and sketches
Beaver Films dissolved after the making of "Seance on a Wet Afternoon"
Directed the Apartheid drama "Cry Freedom," based on the life and tragic death in police custody of prominent anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko; earned a Best Director Golden Globe nomination
Directed the epic war film "A Bridge Too Far"
Last screen appearance for 14 years, Otto Preminger's "The Human Factor"
Portrayed serial killer John Christie in "10 Rillington Place"
Portrayed Sir William Cecil, an advisor to the monarch in "Elizabeth"
Served as a consultant for and provided the narration to the feature-length documentary "Mother Teresa"
Helmed romantic drama "Closing the Ring," Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer; also produced
Named President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Acted with Bryan Forbes in "The Baby and the Battleship"
Directed the biographical drama "Shadowlands," about the relationship between C. S. Lewis and Joy Gresham
Directed the screen version of the musical "A Chorus Line"; earned a Best Director Golden Globe nomination
Had first major stage success as Pinkie in "Brighton Rock"