Made stage debut in "Damon and Pythias" at age three
Spent childhood touring and acting with mother; became involved in production when mother formed own company
Moved to Seattle to live with grandmother at age 14; worked way through business school as grocery clerk, janitor, waiter, salesman, railroad attendant and express wagon driver
Worked as miner, electrician, sailor, vaudevillian, mercenary in Mexico; gold prospector in Alaska; and lumberjack in Washington State, where he met his wife
Joined mother's company, Laura Winston Players
With wife, toured with various theater companies until a Pantages tour took them to Los Angeles; became involved with film
First film job, as assistant director to Charles Brabin on "The Raven"
Wrote numerous screenplays for directors Lawrence Windom and Arthur Berthelet
Employed by D.W. Griffith as actor and assistant director on "Intolerance"
First film as director, "Her Good Name"
Signed by Thalberg for MGM
Helmed the classic detective comedy-drama "The Thin Man"
Last film, "Dragon Seed" (completed by Jack Conway and Harold S Bucquet)