Dropped out of high school to work in vaudeville as a musician and comedian
Debut as an actor in the Broadway production "Little Ol' Boy"
Began working as assistant to director George Abbott
Last appearance as an actor, "Star Spangled"
Made debut as stage director with "Hitch Your Wagon"
Feature film debut as director, "A Man to Remember"
Put under contract at RKO
Served in the US Army Signal Corps
Promoted to sergeant in the US Army Air Force
Did uncredited work on the screenplay for "Woman of the Year"; credited to Kanin's brother Michael and Ring Lardner Jr
Was captain in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
First play produced on Broadway, "Born Yesterday"
Directed the stage play "Years Ago" by wife Ruth Gordon
First screenplay with Gordon, "A Double Life"
Adapted and co-directed TV production of "Born Yesterday"
Directed the Broadway musical "Funny Girl"
Last screenplay to date "Where It's At"; also directed
Final collaboration with Ruth Gordon, the teleplay for the TV-movie "Hard Hat and Legs"