Acting debut in "Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall"
Joined Cleveland Stock Company
Moved to NYC; toured with small theater companies; became actor and stage manager for 12 years with William A. Brady's theatrical company
Broadway acting debut in Brady's "Baby Mine"
Directed first stage play for Brady's company
Appeared on Broadway in "Little Women"; changed name to John Cromwell
Produced and directed "Tarnished", first of many plays backed as independent theatrical producer
While appearing in the Los Angeles stage production of "The Racket" (with Edward G. Robinson), signed to featured players contract as actor by Paramount
Film acting debut in "The Dummy"
Co-directing debut (with Edward Sutherland), "Close Harmony"
Solo directing debut (also actor), "The Mighty"
Began association with David O. Selznick
Left RKO and joined Selznick's independent production company
Returned to stage as actor in "Yankee Point"
Accused of being a Communist and blacklisted in Hollywood; returned again to stage (and won a Tony Award) as Henry Fonda's father in "Point of No Return"
Joined Tyrone Guthrie's repertory company with wife Ruth Nelson in early 1960s