Began career as a teenager, appearing in vaudeville
Settled in NYC; worked as a waiter while looking for acting jobs
First professional acting role, a messenger in a production of "Julius Caesar"; fired when he forgot his lines
After 1904 marriage, quit acting and worked as an engineer
Moved with family to Texas before resuming stage career
Worked in vaudeville in partnership with future wife Bayonne Whipple; married in spring 1915
Had first major Broadway success as the patriarch in Eugene O'Neill's drama "Desire Under the Elms"
Short film debut in "The Carnival Man"
Feature film debut in "Gentlemen of the Press"
Had title role in D.W. Griffith's biopic "Abraham Lincoln"
Co-starred with Joan Crawford in "Rain"
Originated the title role in the Broadway production of "Dodsworth"
Portrayed "Rhodes of Africa"
Received first Academy Award nomination reprising stage role in "Dodsworth"
Played "Othello" on stage
Made musical comedy debut as Peter Stuyvesant in "Knickerbocker Holiday"; introduced signature tune "September Song"
Turned down the leading role in the stage play "Life With Father"
Garnered second Best Actor Academy Award nomination for "The Devil and Daniel Webster"
Had bit role in son John's directorial debut "The Maltese Falcon"
Earned third Oscar nomination as the patriarch of the Cohan family in "Yankee Doodle Dandy"
Reteamed with son for "In This Our Life"
Lost stage role of Stuyvesant in "Knickerbocker Holiday" to Charles Coburn in the film adaptation
Directed by son John in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; both received Academy Awards for the film, Walter as Best Supporting Actor and John for both Best Director and Best Screenplay
Final film, "The Furies"