Raised in Chicago and Miami Beach, Florida
Passed New York bar exam
Won the Bureau of New Plays nationwide playwrighting contest previously won by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams
First feature credit as one of four credited screenwriters on the film adaptation of "Golden Boy"
Served in the US Army
While in the Army, attended Signal Officer Candidate training; assigned to Signal Corps Photo Center (where he re-met Harvard classmate Julian Blaustein); wrote and produced training films
Debut as a Broadway playwright, "Red Gloves", adapted from the work by Jean-Paul Sartre
Breakthrough screen credit as co-writer of "Knock on Any Door"
Earned Academy Award for his screenplay for "From Here to Eternity", adapted from the James Jones novel
With Julian Blaustein, formed Phoenix Corporation
Adapted William Inge's "Picnic"
Directorial debut, "Storm Center" (also wrote)
Wrote the screenplay adaptation of "Bell, Book and Candle"
Made one-shot return to Broadway as playwright of "There Was a Little Girl", starring Jane Fonda
Received co-writer credit on "Hawaii"; originally he and director Fred Zinnemann had hoped to make two films based on the James Michener novel but financing could not be raised
Scripted "Doctors Wives"
Final screenplay credit, "The Other Side of Midnight"