Announced to make feature directorial debut with "Personal Injuries"
Breakthrough screen role as Benjamin Braddock in Mike Nichols' "The Graduate"; recieved first Oscar nomination as Best Actor
Cast in Andy Garcia's feature directorial debut "The Lost City"
Co-starred in the thriller "Runaway Jury"
Directed Broadway production of "All Over Town"
Earned Best Actor Oscar as a separated father coping with parenting in "Kramer vs. Kramer"
Played an eccentric toy shop owner in the fantasy film "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium"
Voiced the character of kung fu master Shifu in the animated feature "Kung Fu Panda"
Received rave reviews for his portrayal of a Hollywood producer (reportedly based on Robert Evans) in Barry Levinson's political satire "Wag the Dog"; earned Best Actor Academy Award nomination
Received third Best Actor Oscar nomination as comedian Lenny Bruce in Bob Fosse's biopic "Lenny"
Served as assistant to the director (Ulu Grosbard) on off-Broadway revival of "A View From the Bridge"
Stage debut, "Yes Is For a Very Young Man" at Sarah Lawrence College
Broadway directorial debut, "Jimmy Shine"
Co-starred as a literary expert opposite Will Ferrell in the Marc Forster comedy "Stranger Than Fiction"
Executive produced and starred as Willy Loman in CBS special "Death of a Salesman" (which he had previously done in a revival onstage)
Founded Punch Productions
Joined the Theatre Company of Boston and appeared in "Endgame", "The Quare Fellow", "In the Jungle of Cities" and other plays
Starred opposite Johnny Depp in "Finding Neverland," which detailed the experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie
Starred opposite Jude Law and Naomi Watts in David O. Russell's comedy "I Heart Huckabees"
Won second Oscar as Best Actor for his turn as an autistic man in Barry Levinson's "Rain Man"; also first collaboration with the director
Worked as an attendant in a psychiatric hospital, as a waiter, a dishwasher, a typist, a Times Square headline crier during a newspaper strike and as a toy salesman at Macy's
Appeared in the ABC children's TV special "Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be...You and Me"
Broadway stage debut, "A Cook For Mr. General"
Cast as Ben Stiller's father in "Meet the Fockers," the follow-up to 2000's hit "Meet the Parents"
Delivered a brilliant performance as an out-of-work actor who resorts to drag to win a role in the comedy "Tootsie"; nominated for a Best Actor Oscar
Earned second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his mesmerizing performance as Ratso Rizzo in "Midnight Cowboy"
Inducted into the French Order of Arts and Letters
Provided a guest voice for "The Simpsons" (Fox) as Lisa's beloved Jewish substitute teacher; credited as "Sam Etic"
Reteamed with Levinson for "Sphere"
TV acting debut, "Sweet Prince of Delancey Street" episode of "Naked City" (ABC)
Appeared in "Harry, Noon and Night" at the American Place Theater, NYC
Began directing film, "Straight Time" (turned over to Ulu Grosbard)
Co-starred with Emma Thompson in the romantic comedy "Last Chance Harvey"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
Feature acting debut, "Tiger Makes Out"
Played a mob boss in the drama "Confidence"
Played opposite Susan Sarandon in the touching drama "Moonlight Mile"
Produced "The Blouse Man," which marked the directorial debut of actor Tony Goldwyn
Worked as stage manager for "The Subject Was Roses" on Broadway; directed by Ulu Grosbard
Played Paul Giamatti's father in "Barney's Version"
Reprised role of Ben Stiller's father Bernie Focker in the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"
Once again voiced kung fu master Shifu in "Kung Fu Panda 2"
Co-starred with Steve McQueen in the crime drama "Papillon"
Co-starred with Nick Nolte and Gary Stevens on the horse-racing drama "Luck" (HBO); show cancelled in March 2012 during season two production following death of third horse on set.
Feature directorial debut, "Quartet"; film starred Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly as retired opera singers
Appeared in "The Cobbler"
Reprised the role of Shifu in "Kung Fu Panda 3"