Broadway acting debut at age 16 in a minor role in "Life with Father"
Acted in the touring company of "Life with Father"
Served in the U.S. Army; during the Korean conflict toured Germany with the Seventh Army Repertory Company in a musical comedy that he wrote, directed and starred in
Returned to civilian life
With a friend, posed as co-founder of The Society for Indecency to Naked Animals (SINA), a fictional organization that linked animal nudity to the moral decay of Western civilization; appeared on various talkshows to discuss the matter; admitted to the hoax when the organization began gaining in popularity
Acted in the national company of "No Time for Sergeants"
Joined the off-Broadway improvisational theater company "The Premise"
Moved to Hollywood (date approximate)
Began writing comedy material for "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC) and "The Garry Moore Show" (CBS)
Became a regular performer on the final season of "The Steve Allen Show"
Feature debut, co-wrote story, co-scripted (with director Theodore J. Flicker) and acted in "The Troublemaker"
Wrote for and appeared as a regular on "That Was the Week That Was" (NBC), a well-received American version of the classic British political satire series
Breakthrough TV credit, co-created with Mel Brooks, scripted episodes and served two years (1965-67) as story editor on "Get Smart!" (NBC, CBS), the extremely popular spy spoof series starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99
Co-scripted the ABC special "The World of Mike Nichols"
TV producing debut, executive produced, created and wrote episodes of "Captain Nice", an NBC superhero spoof
Breakthrough screenwriting credit, co-scripted (with Calder Willingham) "The Graduate"; first collaboration with director Mike Nichols; garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay Adaptation
Reteamed with Mel Brooks to create "When Things Were Rotten," a short-lived spoof of Robin Hood on ABC
Hosted and wrote for "That Was the Year That Was," an NBC special that satirically reviewed 1976
Debut as film director and producer with "Heaven Can Wait" (with Warren Beatty); received an Oscar nomination for Best Direction
Created "Quark," a short-lived sci-fi spoof starring Richard Benjamin on NBC
Received a "from characters" credit on "The Nude Bomb," a feature version of "Get Smart!"
First feature credit as sole screenwriter and sole director, "First Family"
Became a writer and cast member of "The New Show" (NBC), producer Lorne Michaels' failed attempt to create a "Saturday Night Live"-like primetime show
Wrote and acted in "Wake Me When I'm Dead," an episode of the 1985-86 revival of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC)
Last screenwriting credit for eight years, "I Love N.Y."
Served as a rotating host on "The Late Show," a late night talk show (and the first series produced for Fox)
Appeared as a recurring character on three episodes of "Falcon Crest" (CBS), the popular primetime soap
Served as Master of Ceremonies for the "10th Annual Independent Spirit Awards"
Appeared as a correspondent on "Edge," a monthly magazine series covering American pop culture on PBS
Appeared in a cameo role as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"
Acted in Altman's "Short Cuts"; also featured in "Grumpy Old Men"
Had a role in Gus Van Sant's misfire "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
Wrote the screenplay for Van Sant's "To Die For"; acted in a supporting role
Featured in "The Real Blonde"
Voiced the character of Dadbert on an episode of the UPN animated series "Dilbert"
Starred on Broadway in "Art"
Acted in the independent features "I'm Losing You" and "Breakfast of Champions"
Featured in Griffin Dunne's "Famous"; screened at Cannes
Co-wrote the comedy feature "Town & Country," starring Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton as a couple with a troubled marriage; also acted
Cast opposite Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin in the comedy "The Last Shot"
Guest starred on "Will & Grace" (NBC)
Landed a recurring guest appearance on "30 Rock" (NBC) as Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) father Dick
Credited with creating the characters for the feature film remake of "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99
Starred off-Broadway opposite Holland Taylor in "Mother," a play by Lisa Ebersole
Cast as Elka's (Betty White) love interest on TV Land sitcom "Hot in Cleveland"