At age 11, moved to Knoxville, Tennessee
Worked in engineering department at Moline Company, an automobile manufacturer
Moved to Massachusetts and worked for Stevens Duryea Company
Opened a car dealership in Birmingham, Alabama
Became an assistant director to Maurice Tourneur at Peerless Studio in New Jersey
Served as a flying instructor during WWI
Directorial debut, co-helming (with Tourneur), "The Last of the Mohicans"
Solo directing debut, "The Great Redeemer", co-written by John Gilbert
Was under contract with Universal
Scripted and directed "The Light in the Dark"
Helmed "The Eagle", starring Rudolph Valentino
Signed to a contract by MGM
Directed Greta Garbo in "Flesh & the Devil", co-starring John Gilbert
Received producing credit on "The Trail of '98"
First sound film, "Navy Blues"
Helmed Garbo's first talking picture, "Anna Christie"; earned Oscar nomination as Best Director; was also nominated for the silent "Romance", starring Garbo
Guided Lionel Barrymore to an Oscar in "A Free Soul"; earned third Best Director Academy Award nomination
Reunited with Garbo on "Anna Karenina"
Last film with Garbo, "Conquest"
Directed "The Idiot's Delight", starring Clark Gable and Norma Shearer
Made what is arguably one of his best movies, "The Rains Came"; was on loan to 20th Century Fox
Helmed "The Human Comedy", featuring Mickey Rooney; received fourth Oscar nomination as Best Director
Was director of "National Velvet", co-written by Helen Deutsch; earned fifth Academy Award nomination
Picked up sixth Oscar nod as Best Director for "The Yearling"
Tackled racial tolerance in "Intruder in the Dust"
Produced and directed "Angels in the Outfield"
Second collaboration with screenwriter Helen Deutsch, "Plymouth Adventure"; last film as director
Final film as producer, "Never Let Me Go"