Timeline: Highlights from Chuck Lorre's TV career

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1972: Drops out of State University of New York at Potsdam to become a songwriter.

1980: Changes name from Charles Michael Levine to Chuck Lorre.

1987: Pens first sitcom script, for NBC series "My Two Dads."

1990: Hired as a writer and supervising producer on ABC's "Roseanne."

1993: Creates and executive produces ABC's "Grace Under Fire" but leaves after a year to create "Cybill" for CBS.

1996: Departs "Cybill" after 17 episodes.

1997: Co-creates "Dharma & Greg" for ABC.

2003: Sells pilot for "Two and a Half Men" to CBS.

2004: Earns first Emmy nomination, for "Two and a Half Men."

2008: Lorre is declared the 20th Smartest Person in Television by Entertainment Weekly.

2009: Honored with Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the NATPE convention in Las Vegas. Notes of his presiding over two multicamera comedies: "I feel like the last man standing at a dodgeball game."
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