Moved to Southern California at age three
While in high school, performed as a member of the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic
Started a career as an orchestral percussionist
Joined the Walt Disney Studio
First Disney credit, production assistant on "Pete's Dragon"
Served as assistant animator to legendary Disney animator-director Wolfgang "Woolie" Reitherman on the feature "The Fox and the Hound"
First credit as production manager, "The Black Cauldron", an unsuccessful animated feature
Served as production manager on the animated feature "The Great Mouse Detective"
Moved to London, England to begin a two year stint as associate producer on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (released 1988), a Disney co-production with Amblin Entertainment
Producing debut, "Tummy Trouble", a "Maroon Cartoon" short starring Roger Rabbit; early collaborations with director Rob Minkoff (co-director of "The Lion King") and storymen Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise (co-directors of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"); Disney's first cartoon short subject since "Goofy's Freeway Trouble" in 1965
Produced "Michael and Mickey", a short film combining animation and live-action, for the Sneak Preview Theater at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida
Feature producing debut, the critically and commercially acclaimed Disney feature "Beauty and the Beast"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Picture
Served as producer on the hugely successful animated feature, "The Lion King"; film went on to become the highest grossing film in Disney history and one of the top five box-office champs
Reunited with directors Trousdale and Wise to produce the lavish period musical animated feature, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Extended his commitment to Walt Disney Feature Animation for another seven years
Directed the live-action sequences in "Fantasia 2000"
Served as producer of the animated feature "Atlantis: The Lost Empire", co-directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Produced the Oscar-nominated animated short "Lorenzo"
Produced the animated short, "The Little Matchgirl" directed by Roger Allers; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short