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Also Known As: Daniel Chugerman, Danny Mann Died: November 21, 1991
Born: August 8, 1912 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: director, musician, actor, nightclub comedian, teacher

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This 'Actors' director' successfully brought to the screen a number of stage hits and best-selling novels in the 1950s. From the stage came "Come Back, Little Sheba" (1952), "The Rose Tattoo" (1955)--both of which he had previously directed on Broadway--and "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956). From best-sellers came "The Last Angry Man" (1959) and "Butterfield 8" (1960).Mann was noted for coaxing bravura performances from actresses, three of whom won Oscars under his direction: Shirley Booth ("Come Back, Little Sheba"), Anna Magnani ("The Rose Tattoo") and Elizabeth Taylor ("Butterfield 8"). But he was also criticized for allowing his stars to indulge themselves in over-the-top performances and for his artless, almost functional style. In the 60s, Mann branched out into comedy with the Dean Martin vehicles "Who's Got the Action?" (1962) and "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?" (1963), and the James Coburn espionage spoof "Our Man Flint" (1965). Mann's most notable work for TV was the Arthur Miller concentration camp drama "Playing For Time" (1980), which netted an Emmy for Vanessa Redgrave.

This 'Actors' director' successfully brought to the screen a number of stage hits and best-selling novels in the 1950s. From the stage came "Come Back, Little Sheba" (1952), "The Rose Tattoo" (1955)--both of which he had previously directed on Broadway--and "The Teahouse of the August Moon" (1956). From best-sellers came "The Last Angry Man" (1959) and "Butterfield 8" (1960).

Mann was noted for coaxing bravura performances from actresses, three of whom won Oscars under his direction: Shirley Booth ("Come Back, Little Sheba"), Anna Magnani ("The Rose Tattoo") and Elizabeth Taylor ("Butterfield 8"). But he was also criticized for allowing his stars to indulge themselves in over-the-top performances and for his artless, almost functional style. In the 60s, Mann branched out into comedy with the Dean Martin vehicles "Who's Got the Action?" (1962) and "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?" (1963), and the James Coburn espionage spoof "Our Man Flint" (1965). Mann's most notable work for TV was the Arthur Miller concentration camp drama "Playing For Time" (1980), which netted an Emmy for Vanessa Redgrave.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Playing for Time (1980) Director
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  Matilda (1978) Director
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  Journey Into Fear (1976) Director
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  Lost in the Stars (1974) Director
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  Maurie (1973) Director
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  Interval (1973) Director
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  The Revengers (1972) Director
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  Willard (1971) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Happy Feet (2006) Dino
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 Happy Feet (2006)
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 Finding Nemo (2003) Additional voice
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Formed his own band, Daniel and His Music Lions, in which he served as leader, singer and saxophone player
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Began career as musician at summer resort hotels in the Catskills
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Worked as a nightclub comedian
1929:
Appeared (in a canoe) in film, "Glorifying the American Girl" before attending the Neighborhood Playhouse
1939:
Directed stage productions in Canada
1939:
Performed in Broadway production and on tour in "Pins and Needles"
1940:
Joined the Actors Laboratory in Los Angeles
1941:
Taught at Max Reinhardt's theater workshop
1942:
Served in the Far East with the US Infantry Special Services
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Worked as director at the Las Palmas theater in New York after WWII
1948:
First film credit, as dialogue director on "The Counterfeiters"
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Taught at the American Theatre Wing, NY
1949:
Directed summer tryout of "Come Back, Little Sheba" at Westport Playhouse, CT
1950:
Directed Broadway production of "Come Back, Little Sheba"
1951:
Directed Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams's "The Rose Tattoo"
1952:
Directed first feature film, "Come Back Little Sheba"
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Formed Mea Productions
1971:
TV directing debut, "Another Part of the Forest"
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Education

Erasmus Hall High School: Brooklyn , New York -
The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -

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wife:
Kathleen Williams. Actor. Married 1948; divorced.
wife:
Sherry Mann. Dialogue director on Mann's film "Interval" (1972); divorced.

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father:
Samuel Chugerman. Lawyer.
son:
Michael Mann.
son:
Alex Mann.
daughter:
Erica Ramis. Married to writer/director/actor Harold Ramis.
son-in-law:
Harold Ramis. Writer, director, actor. Born November 21, 1944.
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