1927 – He was born on the 9th day of August this year in West Houghton, Lancashire, England, UK.
1939 – His father died (apparently due to alcoholism), and the family moved to Cornwall, where he went to school in Truro.
1952 – He was married to Jennifer Bourke and had four daughters.
1962 – His novel The Sun Doctor, published the following year, was awarded the Hawthorn den Prize.
1963 – He was also married to Mary Ure and had four children. In addition, his best-known film performances include a turn as the dangerous enemy secret agent Red Grant in the James Bond film From Russia with Love.
1965 – His best-known film was Battle of the Bulge.
1975 – He starred in the bombastic, shark-obsessed angler Quint in Jaws.
1976 – His last marriage was to Virginia Jansen and had one child.
1979 – He died on the 28th day of August this year because of heart attack in Tourmakeady, County Mayo, Ireland at the age of 51, during the production of his final film Avalanche Express which came out in this year.