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Also Known As: Michael Kenneth Mann Died:
Born: February 5, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director, producer, screenwriter, assistant production supervisor, camera operator

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Entering the entertainment industry as a television writer of 1970s cop shows, Michael Mann went on to become one of Hollywood's leading directors, enjoying great critical success on both small and large screens alike. After several years in television, Mann made his directorial debut with the moody heist-drama "Thief" (1981), prior to shaping the look and tone of the pastel-colored phenomenon that was "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-89) as its executive producer. He came into his own directing the stylized thriller "Manhunter" (1986) - giving audiences their first glimpse of Hannibal Lector on film - then demonstrated his versatility by helming one of the few faithful adaptations of the romantic frontier adventure "Last of the Mohicans" (1992). But it was the tense and visceral crime thriller "Heat" (1995) - which boasted the first-ever onscreen pairing of cinematic giants Al Pacino and Robert De Niro - that elevated Mann into the upper echelon of Hollywood directors. After helming the Oscar-nominated cigarette industry drama "The Insider" (1999), he went on to varying degrees of success with such films as "Ali" (2001), "Collateral" (2004), "Miami Vice" (2006) and "Public Enemies" (2009). Over the years,...

Entering the entertainment industry as a television writer of 1970s cop shows, Michael Mann went on to become one of Hollywood's leading directors, enjoying great critical success on both small and large screens alike. After several years in television, Mann made his directorial debut with the moody heist-drama "Thief" (1981), prior to shaping the look and tone of the pastel-colored phenomenon that was "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-89) as its executive producer. He came into his own directing the stylized thriller "Manhunter" (1986) - giving audiences their first glimpse of Hannibal Lector on film - then demonstrated his versatility by helming one of the few faithful adaptations of the romantic frontier adventure "Last of the Mohicans" (1992). But it was the tense and visceral crime thriller "Heat" (1995) - which boasted the first-ever onscreen pairing of cinematic giants Al Pacino and Robert De Niro - that elevated Mann into the upper echelon of Hollywood directors. After helming the Oscar-nominated cigarette industry drama "The Insider" (1999), he went on to varying degrees of success with such films as "Ali" (2001), "Collateral" (2004), "Miami Vice" (2006) and "Public Enemies" (2009). Over the years, Mann rightfully garnered a reputation as a meticulous craftsman, whose slick imagery effectively captured driven, complicated characters at odds - often violently - with the world around them.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Blackhat (2015)
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  Miami Vice (2006) Director
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  Collateral (2004) Director
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  Ali (2001) Director
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  Insider, The (1999) Director
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  Heat (1995) Director
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  L.A. Takedown (1989) Director
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  Manhunter (1986) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Milius (2013)
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 Hancock (2008)
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 Roogie's Bump (1954) Benji
5.
 James Caan: Making a Scene (2001) Interviewee
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Became interested in directing after taking a film history class at college
1965:
Worked as director of documentary films and commercials in London
1968:
Shot footage of the Paris student revolt for the documentary "Insurrection" (aired on NBC's First Tuesday news program)
1970:
First short film "Juanpuri" was based on his experiences of the Paris student revolt
1971:
Returned to the United States
1972:
Directed the road trip documentary "17 Days Down the Line"
1975:
Wrote the first four episodes of "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC)
1978:
Scripted the TV-movie pilot for "Vega$"; also wrote for the subsequent series (ABC, 1978-1981)
1978:
Made feature debut as an uncredited screenwriter in the crime drama "Straight Time"
1979:
Directed first TV-movie, "The Jericho Mile" (ABC); also co-wrote Emmy award-winning screenplay with Patrick J. Nolan
1981:
First film as as writer/director/producer, "Thief" starring James Caan
1984:
Produced first series, "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1986:
Executive produced "Crime Story" (NBC); also provided story for eight episodes; directed the episode "The King in a Cage" in 1987
1986:
First film project as producer without directing, "Band of the Hand"; directed by Paul Michael Glaser
1986:
Wrote, directed and produced "Manhunter"; first collaboration with cinematographer Dante Spinotti; film introduced character of Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox)
1989:
Produced, wrote and directed the failed TV-movie "L.A. Takedown" (NBC); was the basis for his successful 1995 film "Heat""
1990:
Produced the Emmy Award winning docudrama, "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (NBC); also provided story
1992:
Executive produced the NBC miniseries sequel "Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel"
1992:
Gained widespread recognition for his film adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel "Last of the Mohicans"; wrote, directed and produced; also re-teamed with Spinotti
1995:
Directed the first onscreen pairing of Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in "Heat"; produced and scripted as well; again re-teamed with Spinotti
1999:
Directed the true story of tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffery Wigand (Russell Crowe), "The Insider"; re-teamed with Pacino and Spinotti; also produced and co-scripted (with Eric Roth); earned Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay
2001:
Directed the story of boxing icon Muhammad Ali's (Will Smith) life from 1964-74 in biopic "Ali"; also co-scripted with Eric Roth
2004:
Directed Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx in the thriller "Collateral"
2004:
Produced the Martin Scorsese directed film "The Aviator," which starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture (Drama) as the producer
2006:
Helmed the feature adaptation of the hit TV series "Miami Vice," starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx
2007:
Co-penned "The Kingdom" with director Peter Berg
2008:
Re-teamed with Peter Berg (who directed) as the producer of "Hancock"; starred Will Smith
2009:
Produced, directed and co-wrote an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book "Public Enemies," starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger and Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin Purvis
2012:
Executive produced HBO's horse-racing drama "Luck," starring Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Farina; also directed pilot episode; show cancelled in March 2012 during season two production following death of third horse on set.
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Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison , Wisconsin -
London Film School: - 1967

Notes

"[Mann] has a certain anger. Not like a nasty thing but like this boiling pot in your stomach. He takes a hard line on everything and knows what he wants. He's not one of these guys who makes up his mind in the cutting room." --James Caan, star of "Thief", quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 24, 1995

"As interesting as I found L.A. before I shot the film ["Heat"], I find it even more exciting now. Because of the way it's laid out, lots of people move through self-imposed cultural ghettos that track through different parts of the city's topography. When you're shooting in Wilmington in South Central, L.A.'s a very different place than when you're shooting in the Alps; it's like the East L.A. version of Beirut. Lots of preconceptions about L.A. turn out to be false. The reality--the Mexican-black-Cambodian neighborhoods, the culture of South Central--is much more interesting. It's a culturally complex, commercial-industrial conurbation, and that's what turned me on." --Michael Mann to Graham Fuller in INTERVIEW, December 1995

"Could I have worked under a system where there were Draconian controls on my creativity, meaning budget, time, script choices, etc.? Definitely not. I would have fared poorly under the old studio system that guys like Howard Hawks did so well in. I cannot just make a film and walk away from it. I need that creative intimacy, and quite frankly, the control to execute my vision, on all my projects." --Mann quoted in DGA MAGAZINE, November 1999

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wife:
Summer Mann. Painter. Mann's second marriage.

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father:
Jack Mann. Grocer.
daughter:
Amy Canaan Mann. Screenwriter, director.

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