Abby Mann

Screenwriter, Producer, Director
This "Golden Age" TV writer has branched out to become an extremely successful producer as well. Born in Philadelphia, Mann served in the Army and attended Temple University and NYU, where he wrote several student ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Writer (24)

Kojak (USA) 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Source Material

Indictment: the Mcmartin Trial 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ariana 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

Flowers For Matty 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

It's Always Something 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Creator

War and Love 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kojak (CBS) 1973 - 1978 (TV Show)

Creator

The First 50 Years 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Report to the Commissioner 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Detective 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ship of Fools 1965 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Condemned of Altona 1962 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Child Is Waiting 1961 (Movie)

from teleplay("A Child Is Waiting") (Play as Source Material)

A Child Is Waiting 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

("Judgment at Nuremberg") (Play as Source Material)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Playhouse 90 1956 - 1960 (TV Show)

Writer

Fatal Flaw (TV Show)

Creator

King (TV Show)

Screenplay

Kojak: The Belarus File (TV Show)

Creator

Kojak: The Price of Justice (TV Show)

Creator

None So Blind (TV Show)

Creator

Sinatra (TV Show)

Screenplay
Producer (11)

Indictment: the Mcmartin Trial 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Atlanta Child Murders 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Medical Story 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

10,000 Black Men Named George (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Medical Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Skag (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Marcus-Nelson Murders (TV Show)

Executive Producer

This Man Stands Alone (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Actor (2)

Spencer Tracy: Triumph and Turmoil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This "Golden Age" TV writer has branched out to become an extremely successful producer as well. Born in Philadelphia, Mann served in the Army and attended Temple University and NYU, where he wrote several student productions. He started his career in earnest in the fertile ground of 1950s TV in New York, writing for such now-legendary showcases as "Lucky Strike Theater" (NBC), "Playhouse 90" (CBS) and "Matinee Theater" (NBC) before branching out into films.

Relationships

Harriett Carr

Wife
Divorced

Ben Goodman

Father

Myra Mann

Wife
Co-wrote "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (1995) with her husband

Aaron Mann

Son
Born c. 1978

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Temple University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2002

Produced (also wrote) "Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story"

2001

National Actors Theater revived stage play "Judgment at Nuremberg"

1995

Served as executive producer and screenwriter for the Emmy-winning "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (HBO)

1992

Penned the biographical miniseries "Sinatra" (CBS)

1992

Penned the HBO teleplay (also executive produced) "Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story"

1989

Co-wrote and executive produced the HBO biographical drama "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story"; garnered second Emmy Award

1985

Made one-shot return to feature writing on "War and Love"

1985

Scripted (also executive produced) the CBS drama "The Atlanta Child Murders"

1980

Executive produced (also wrote) the NBC TV-movie "Skag" starring Karl Malden

1978

Directorial debut, "King" and NBC biographical miniseries about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; also wrote teleplay

1975

Returned to feature films to pen screenplay for "Report to the Commissioner"

1975

Served as executive producer and writer on the pilot for the short-lived NBC anthology series "Medical Story"

1973

Created character of Kojak in the acclaimed CBS TV-movie "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" and subsequent spin-off series; won Emmy for the former

1968

Wrote the script for the Frank Sinatra vehicle "The Detective"

1965

Penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of "Ship of Fools"

1962

Adapted teleplay "A Child Is Waiting" for film directed by John Cassavetes

1961

First movie screenplay, "Judgement at Nuremberg"; won Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Served in US Army in WWII

Began writing for TV in early 1950s

Wrote plays while attending college

Bonus Trivia

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"After a Berlin showing of 'Judgment at Nuremberg' a German came up to me and said, how dare I do this. He started pushing me around. There were fists exchanged. They wanted to let bygones be bygones." - Abby Mann quoted in Variety, Feb. 7, 1994

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