Delbert Mann

Director, Producer, Shoe salesman
Working in TV from 1947, Mann directed over 100 live plays, the best known of which was Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" (1953). The following year he directed a big-screen version, starring Ernest Borgnine as the lonely Bronx ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1920 in Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Director (53)

Bronte 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

The Member of the Wedding 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director

All the Way Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Director

All Quiet on the Western Front 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Night Crossing 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Breaking Up 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Tom and Joann 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Birch Interval 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Director

Kidnapped 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Director

The Pink Jungle 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Fitzwilly 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Dear Heart 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Quick, Before It Melts 1963 (Movie)

(Director)

A Gathering of Eagles 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

That Touch of Mink 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

The Outsider 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

Lover Come Back 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Playhouse 90 1948 - 1960 (Tv Show)

Director

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)

(Director)

Desire Under the Elms 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Separate Tables 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bachelor Party 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (Tv Show)

Director

Marty 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Marty 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Director

A Girl Named Sooner (TV Show)

Director

April Morning (TV Show)

Director

Heidi (TV Show)

Director

Home to Stay (TV Show)

Director

Incident in a Small Town (TV Show)

Director

Ironclads (TV Show)

Director

Jane Eyre (TV Show)

Director

Lily in Winter (TV Show)

Director

Love Leads the Way (TV Show)

Director

Love's Dark Ride (TV Show)

Director

No Place to Run (TV Show)

Director

Our Town (TV Show)

Director

She Waits (TV Show)

Director

Tell Me My Name (TV Show)

Director

The Last Days of Patton (TV Show)

Director

The Man Without a Country (TV Show)

Director

The Member of the Wedding (Movie)

(Director)

The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story (TV Show)

Director

Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery (TV Show)

Director

To Find My Son (TV Show)

Director

Torn Between Two Lovers (TV Show)

Director
Actor (7)

Deborah Kerr: Getting to Know Her 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Grace Kelly -- The American Princess 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Iron Horse (Movie)

Charles Crocker (Actor)
Producer (2)

Mister Buddwing 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Quick, Before It Melts 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Working in TV from 1947, Mann directed over 100 live plays, the best known of which was Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty" (1953). The following year he directed a big-screen version, starring Ernest Borgnine as the lonely Bronx butcher in search of love. The success of the film--it took the Palme d'Or at Cannes--paved the way for a number of low-budget films on "small" subjects that flourished in the mid-1950s.

Mann's other successes include the finely acted "The Bachelor Party" (1956), also scripted by Chayefsky, and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1960). He made some deft comedies in the 1960s and later directed several competent TV adaptations, such as "Jane Eyre" (1972) and "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1979).

Relationships

Ann Mann

Wife
met while both attended Vanderbilt University

Delbert Mann

Father
worked at Scarritt College

EDUCATION

Hume-Fogg High School

Nashville , Tennessee

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut

Vanderbilt University

Nashville , Tennessee 1941
Dinah Shore was a classmate

Milestones

1994

Directed and produced the second sequel, "An Incident in a Small Town" (CBS), with Matthau again playing Cobb

1994

Last TV film (to date), "Lily in Winter", a USA Network drama that marked the acting debut of singer Natalie Cole

1992

Produced and directed the CBS sequel "Against Her Will: An Incident in Baltimore", with Walter Matthau reprising his role as laywer Horace Cobb

1991

Was director of the TNT period drama "Ironclads"

1988

Produced and directed the TV adaptation of Howard Fast's novel "April Morning"

1987

Directed the documentary "Grace Kelly -- The American Princess" for Cinemax's "Crazy About the Movies"

1986

Was director of the NBC biopic "The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story"

1985

Helmed the ABC miniseries "A Death in California"

1983

Last collaboration with Lee Remick, "The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story" (CBS)

1983

Last feature film, "Bronte", a one-woman show about Charlotte Bronte starring Julie Harris

1982

Helmed the NBC live telecast of the small screen remake of "The Member of the Wedding", starring Pearl Bailey

1981

Directed a live NBC telecast of the play "All the Way Home", starring Sally Field and William Hurt

1979

Reunited with Remick for "Torn Between Two Lovers" (CBS)

1979

Garnered good critical notices for direction of the CBS movie remake "All Quiet on the Western Front"; received third career Emmy nomination

1978

Helmed the well-acted drama about a crumbling marriage, "Breaking Up" (NBC), starring Remick; received Emmy nomination

1976

Was director of the NBC drama "Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident"

1976

Returned to feature filmmaking with "Birch Interval", about a young girl sent to live with the Amish

1975

First of four TV-movies featuring actress Lee Remick, "A Girl Named Sooner" (ABC)

1973

Won acclaim for direction of "The Man Without a Country" (ABC)

1969

Helmed a well-received TV adaptation of "David Copperfield" (NBC)

1968

Was director of the notorious TV production of "Heidi" (NBC), which caused controversy when the network cut away from a football game in progress to air the movie

1964

Helmed the effective romance "Dear Heart", pairing Glenn Ford and Geraldine Page

1962

Reunited with Day and Hudson for the comedy "That Touch of Mink"

1961

First teaming with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, "Lover Come Back"

1960

Helmed "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1958

Guided David Niven and Wendy Hiller to Oscars in "Separate Tables"

1956

Earned Emmy nomination for directing "Our Town" (NBC)

1954

Made feature film debut as director with "Marty", starring Ernest Borgnine; won Best Director Academy Award

1953

Helmed the well-received TV drama "Marty", starring Rod Steiger and Nancy Marchand

1949

Invited by Coe to NYC to direct TV dramas

1949

Helmed live programs for "Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse"

1940

Worked for General Shoe Corporation

Became involved with the Nashville Community Players; became friends with Fred Coe

Raised in Nashville, Tennessee

Served as B-24 bomber pilot with Eighth Air Corps; then as Squadron Intelligence Officer

During the 'Golden Age of Television', directed numerous productions for such esteemed series as "Playhouse 90", "Producers Showcase" and "DuPont Show of the Month"

After graduating Yale with an MFA, worked as a director at the Town Theatre of Columbia in South Carolina

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