Was a teenage chess prodigy who won money playing matches.
Hired as a staff photographer by Look magazine at age 17.
Began his career as a director by helming two short films in 1951–Day of the Flight and Flying Padre.
Moved to London to shoot Lolita because Peter Sellers was unable to leave the country; Kubrick ended up living in England for the rest of his life.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction for four straight movies–Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Barry Lyndon (1975). He lost all four times.