Raised in Bethesda, Maryland
While in high school, met Andy Jenkins and Mark Lewman, publishers of <i>Freestylin'</i>, a popular BMX magazine
Moved to Los Angeles and joined the <i>Freestylin'</i> team as an editorial assistant
Began shooting photos for the publications <i>BMX Action</i> and the short-lived <i>Homeboy</i>
Launched <i>Dirt</i> (with Jenkins and Lewman), a failed, somewhat subversive magazine geared towards teen-aged boys
Founded the company Girl Skateboards (with skaters Rick Howard and Mike Carroll)
Music video debut, co-directed Sonic Youth's "100%" with Tamra Davis
Had a bit part in Allison Anders' "Mi Vida Loca"
Directed The Red Balloon inspired video for The Breeders' "Cannonball" with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon
Directed the popular 1970s cop show inspired music video "Sabotage" for the Beastie Boys
Re-teamed with the Beastie Boys to direct "Sure Shot"
Filmed the award-winning video "Buddy Holly" for Weezer in the middle of an actual scene from the 1950s-set sitcom "Happy Days"
With Roman Coppola and Dewey Hicks, directed segments of the short-lived lifestyle series "Hi-Octane" (Comedy Central)
Created the frenetic main title sequence for the short lived CBS sitcom "Double Rush"
Produced, directed and wrote the screenplay for the comedy short "Las Nueve Vidas de Paco"
Was the cinematographer (with Roman Coppola) for "Bed, Bath and Beyond," a comedy short co-directed by Ione Skye, Sofia Coppola, and Andrew Durham
Signed a first-look develpoment and production deal with Propaganda Films for features and TV
Directed the high school prom-set video for Puff Daddy's "It's All About the Benjamins (Rock Remix)"
Screened his documentary short "Amarillo by Morning" at the Sundance Film Festival
Co-directed (with Roman Coppola) the music video for Fatboy Slim's "Praise You" (also starred under the pseudonym Richard Koufey)
Co-starred with George Clooney, Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg in David O Russell's adventure film "Three Kings"
Made directorial debut with "Being John Malkovich" starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz; scripted by Charlie Kaufman; nominated for a Best Director Academy Award and received a nomination from the Directors Guild of America
Directed a 13-minute documentary about US presidential candidate Al Gore for the Democratic National Convention (was not available for broadcast until 2006)
Created and executive produced the MTV series "Jackass"
Helmed the popular music video "Weapon of Choice" by Fatboy Slim and featured actor, Christopher Walken
Produced the film "Human Nature" from a Charlie Kaufman screenplay
Produced "Jackass: The Movie" with Johnny Knoxville; also credited as writer
Re-teamed with screenwriter Kaufman for "Adaptation"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director
Re-teamed with Knoxville to produce "Jackass: Number Two"
Produced the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, "Synecdoche, New York"
Directed the live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are"
Once again teamed with Johnny Knoxville to co-produce "Jackass 3D"
Wrote and directed the short "I'm Here"
Helmed the first "YouTube Music Awards"
Debuted his fourth feature, "Her"