Gave readings of poetry by Robert Service at various Masonic lodge meetings at age six (date approximate)
Served briefly in the Canadian navy at the end of WWII
After college, drove a cab to earn passage to England
Worked in England as actor-writer with BBC (dates approximate)
Returned to Canada to join the CBC's television training program, subsequently working with the network as producer-director
Began working for CBS in NYC, first revitalizing the "Your Hit Parade" show and then staging network specials like "Tonight with Belafonte" and "The Judy Garland Show" (directing and producing the special as well as producing the subsequent series)
Directed first film, "40 Pounds of Trouble"
Based on success of "40 Pounds of Trouble", signed by Universal Studios to a seven-picture deal of which only three were ultimately completed
After directing three "innocuous Hollywood comedies" ("The Thrill of It All" 1963, "Send Me No Flowers" 1964, "The Art of Love" 1965), found loophole in his contract and took over the direction of MGM's "The Cincinnati Kid" from Sam Peckinpah; first collaboration with actor Steve McQueen
First feature producing credit, "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming"; also directed; garnered first Oscar nomination for Best Picture; initial collaboration with title designer Pablo Ferro
Helmed Academy Award-winning Best Picture "In the Heat of the Night"; received first Oscar nod for directing; also first collaboration with director of photography Haskell Wexler
Reteamed with McQueen and Wexler for "The Thomas Crown Affair"; checked out that year's Montreal Expo with Wexler and editor Hal Ashby and discovered a short film that introduced multiple screen effects, borrowing the technique for the film; Ferro created and edited the multiple screen effects including the use of 66 images in one frame for the polo sequence, reputedly a first for a 35mm feature
Depressed about the assasinations of the Reverend Martin Luther King and Robert F Kennedy, moved family to London for eight years
Produced Ashby's feature directing debut, "The Landlord"
First film adaptation of a successful stage musical, produced and directed "Fiddler on the Roof"; film received eight Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director
Co-wrote screenplay (with Melvyn Bragg), produced and directed the film adaptation of "Jesus Christ Superstar", the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice pop opera
Helmed and produced the sci-fi thriller "Rollerball", scripted by William Harrison from his own short story
Teamed with screenwriters Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin for "...And Justice for All", starring Al Pacino
Reteamed with Levinson and Curtin for "Best Friends", a romantic comedy starring Burt Reynolds and Goldie Hawn
Made an officer of the Order of Canada by the Governor-General, the Queen's representative in the Canadian capital of Ottawa; the Order is Canada's highest civilian decoration
Got career back on track with the popular and critical success of "A Soldier's Story", adapted by Charles Fuller from his Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Soldier's Play"; nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture; film featured Denzel Washington
Received much less praise for his next stage-to-film adaptation, "Agnes of God"; first feature filmed in his native Canada and initial collaboration with cinematographer Sven Nykvist
Had popular and critical success with the romantic comedy "Moonstruck", receiving Best Picture and Best Director Oscar nominations
Founded Yorktown Productions
Stumbled with "In Country", a poorly executed adaptation of Bobbie Ann Mason's acclaimed novel
Provided Danny De Vito with a great vehicle, "Other People's Money", though the movie lacked the bite of Jerry Sterner's off-Broadway play; third film with Wexler
Produced the TNT biopic "Geronimo"
Teamed with director of photography Sven Nyvist to provide a lush Italian backdrop for the far-fetched "Only You"
Directed "Soir Bleu" segment of Showtime's "Picture Windows" anthology; also served as an executive producer
Missed with pairing of Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu in "Bogus"
Played a TV director in John Landis' "The Stupids"
Appeared as himself in "Burn, Hollywood, Burn"
Helmed and executive produced feature-length documentary, "Norman Jewison on Comedy in the 20th Century: Funny Is Money" (Showtime), using the hype surrounding the finale of the wildly successful series "Seinfeld" (NBC) as his launchpad
Produced and directed "Hurricane", starring Denzel Washington as Reuben 'Hurricane' Carter, the 1960s world middleweight boxing champion, unjustly convicted of the murder of three white men in a New Jersey bar
Directed the HBO adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play "Dinner With Friends"