First job as a restaurant cashier
Acted in summer stock and formed studio publicity company with friend before WWII
Involved in serious car accident while on his way to a screen test; left with a large scar on his forehead
Film acting debut (had one line as a surly gambler) in "Johnny O'Clock"
Worked in radio on "Mr. Dana" and "Michael Shayne Detective" (date approximate)
Brought to attention of Universal with his role as Eve Arden's boyfriend on radio's "Our Miss Brooks"; signed to seven-year contract
Received Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination as Cochise in "Broken Arrow"
Reprised role of Cochise in "Battle at Apache Pass"
Again played the leader of the Apache Nation in "Taza, Son of Cochise"
Signed recording contract with Decca Records
Wrote lyric for title song of "Six Bridges to Cross"
Cast as a Native American who marries a socialite in "Foxfire"; also did own singing in opening scene
Made debut as nightclub singer in Las Vegas
After Universal contract was up, moved to United Artists
Formed Earlmar Productions with agent Meyer Mishkin; produced first film (also directed for a few weeks), "Drango" (released by UA)
Was to star in "Operation Petticoat" at time of death