Michael Mann

Screenwriter, Camera operator, Assistant production supervisor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1943 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (22)

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Witness 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Texas Killing Fields 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robbery Homicide Division 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Ali 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Miami Vice 1984 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Band of the Hand 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Writer (17)

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

(Story By)

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

(current draft) (Screenplay)

The Kingdom 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Keep 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Starsky and Hutch 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Writer

Vega$ 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Screenplay

Bronk (TV Show)

Writer

Swan Song (TV Show)

Screenplay

Vega$ (TV Show)

Writer
Director (17)

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Eighteen Days Down the Line 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Luck 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Public Enemies 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

The 79th Annual Academy Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

Miami Vice 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Ali 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

The Last of the Mohicans 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

L.A. Takedown 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

The Keep 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Jaunpuri 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

The Jericho Mile (TV Show)

Director
Actor (6)

The Mysteries of Laura 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Milius 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hancock 2008 (Movie)

Executive (Actor)

James Caan: Making a Scene 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Howard Hawks: American Artist 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Summer Mann

Wife
Married in 1974

Ami Canaan Mann Director

Daughter

Jack Mann

Father
Ukrainian immigrant and WWII veteran

Esther Mann

Mother

EDUCATION

London Film School

1967

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison , Wisconsin

Milestones

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.

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

2008

Re-teamed with Peter Berg (who directed) as the producer of "Hancock"; starred Will Smith

2007

Co-penned "The Kingdom" with director Peter Berg

2006

Helmed the feature adaptation of the hit TV series "Miami Vice," starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx

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

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

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

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

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

1990

Produced the Emmy Award winning docudrama, "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (NBC); also provided story

1989

Produced, wrote and directed the failed TV-movie "L.A. Takedown" (NBC); was the basis for his successful 1995 film "Heat""

1986

Executive produced "Crime Story" (NBC); also provided story for eight episodes; directed the episode "The King in a Cage" in 1987

1986

Wrote, directed and produced "Manhunter"; first collaboration with cinematographer Dante Spinotti; film introduced character of Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox)

1986

First film project as producer without directing, "Band of the Hand"; directed by Paul Michael Glaser

1984

Produced first series, "Miami Vice" (NBC)

1981

First film as as writer/director/producer, "Thief" starring James Caan

1979

Directed first TV-movie, "The Jericho Mile" (ABC); also co-wrote Emmy award-winning screenplay with Patrick J. Nolan

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"

1975

Wrote the first four episodes of "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC)

1972

Directed the road trip documentary "17 Days Down the Line"

1970

Returned to the United States

1969

First short film "Juanpuri" was based on his experiences of the Paris student revolt

1968

Shot footage of the Paris student revolt for the documentary "Insurrection" (aired on NBC's First Tuesday news program)

1965

Worked as director of documentary films and commercials in London

Became interested in directing after taking a film history class at college

Bonus Trivia

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"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." – Mann to Graham Fuller in Interview magazine, December 1995

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"[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." – actor James Caan on Mann, quoted in The New York Times, Dec. 24, 1995

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