Tom Mankiewicz

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
A prolific Hollywood screenwriter who was the son of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the nephew of writer Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz found initial success writing the popular television music special, "Movin' ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Writer (13)

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ladyhawke 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mother, Juggs and Speed 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Writer

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

(From Story)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Cassandra Crossing 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Eagle Has Landed 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Man With the Golden Gun 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Live and Let Die 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Diamonds Are Forever 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Movin' With Nancy 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Writer

The Sweet Ride 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beat of the Brass (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (7)

Becoming John Ford 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bobby Darin: I Want to Be a Legend 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Margot Kidder 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Margot Kidder: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Natalie Wood: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor
Director (6)

Delirious 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Loved to Death 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Hart to Hart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Director

Taking the Heat (TV Show)

Director
Producer (3)

Livin' Large 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hot Pursuit 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)
Other (5)

Harts in High Season 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Ladyhawke 1985 (Movie)

(Consultant)

Superman II 1981 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

(Creative Consultant)

Hart to Hart (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

A prolific Hollywood screenwriter who was the son of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the nephew of writer Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz found initial success writing the popular television music special, "Movin' with Nancy" (NBC, 1967), before penning several James Bond movies, including "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "Live and Let Die" (1973) and "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974). Perhaps his greatest success came with writing the final drafts of the original "Superman" (1978), which opened the door to a lucrative script doctoring career throughout the next decade. He wrote uncredited drafts of John Badham's popular techno-thriller "WarGames" (1983), Steven Spielberg's "Gremlins" (1984) and Richard Donner's "The Goonies" (1985). Turning back to television, Mankiewicz wrote and directed several episodes of the popular series "Hart to Hart" (ABC, 1979-1984), while receiving screenplay credit for Donner's medieval fantasy "Ladyhawke" (1985). He went on to direct two feature films, finding moderate success with the comedy adaptation of "Dragnet" (1987), while stumbling at the box office with the John Candy vehicle "Delirious" (1991). Though he kept a relatively low profile for the remainder of his career, there was no doubt that Mankiewicz made an indelible mark both on television and the silver screen.

Relationships

Joseph L. Mankiewicz Producer

Father
Born February 11, 1909 writer-director-producer died on February 5, 1993

Rosa Mankiewicz

Mother
died in 1958

Christopher Mankiewicz Actor

Brother
Born October 8, 1940 actor, writer, producer

Eric Mankiewicz

Half-Brother
older

Alexandra Mankiewicz

Half-Sister
younger

EDUCATION

Yale University

1959 - 1963
Majored in Drama

Phillips Exeter Academy

1955 - 1959

Milestones

2006

Taught a graduate filmmaking course at Chapman University in Orange, CA

1996

Directed the made-for-television movie "Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart," which reunited Wagner and Powers in their classic roles

1991

Directed the comedy feature "Delirious," starring John Candy as a soap opera writer who gets hit on the head and wakes up as a character in his own show

1987

Made feature film directing debut and co-wrote the screenplay for "Dragnet," starring Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd

1980

Returned as creative consultant for blockbuster sequel, "Superman II"

1979

Wrote and directed episodes of the Emmy-nominated ABC series "Hart to Hart," starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers

1978

Hired by director Richard Donner as a creative consultant to re-work the script for the adventure film "Superman"

1974

Re-teamed with Maibaum to co-write third Bond screenplay, "The Man with the Golden Gun"

1973

Wrote the screenplay for his second Bond franchise film, "Live and Let Die"; Roger Moore played the role of Agent 007

1970

Re-worked Richard Maibaum's original screenplay for the James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever," starring Sean Connery

1968

Wrote the screenplay for the Joe Pasternak-produced surf drama "The Sweet Ride"

1967

Wrote the Emmy Award-winning TV variety special, "Movin' With Nancy" (NBC), starring Nancy Sinatra

1964

Assisted producers Stuart Millar and Lawrence Turman in "The Best Man"

1961

Worked as a production assistant in the Western film The Comancheros, starring John Wayne

Worked at the Williamstown Summer Theater in Massachusetts, both in production and as an actor

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