1925 - Born in Kansas City, Missouri
1930-1940 - At age six, he enrolled at St. Peters Catholic School and then transferred to Rockhurst high school, there he began experimenting with a tape recorder
- Went to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington and studied at Junior College 1945 - got into the Air Force as a copilot of a B-24
- He began writing short stories and screenplays when he was 20
1950 - Started to make industrial and sports documentary, films for employee training, and advertisements for Calvin Company
1955 - Left the company
1956-1964 - Debut as a director for the teenage gang drama entitled "The Delinquents"
- Worked for a number of TV companies and different shows such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Millionaire and Bonanza"
1963 - Founded his own production company Lion's Gate
1968 - Directed "Countdown," a fiction feature film
1969 - Accepted the offer to direct the black comedy-drama about surgeons in a Korean War medical unit entitled "M*A*S*H" which earned him a global box office and a Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival
1970 - Did "Brewster McCloud"
1971 - "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
1973 - Did "The Long Goodbye"
1974 - "Thieves Like Us"
1975 - Directed the drama film called "Nashville" in which he got nominated for both Best Film and Best Director
- Received awards of the same title from the National Society of Film Critics
1980s-1981 - Sold his production company
- Focused on theatrical adaptation
- Won an Emmy Award for directing for the HBO series "Tanner '88"
1990-2000 - Produced films such as: "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" in 1994 "Afterglow" in 1997 "Trixie" in 2000
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