Became interested in filmmaking when he took a film class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Worked as a director of documentary films and commercials in England from 1965 to 1971.
Moved to Los Angeles in 1971.
Started work in Hollywood by writing TV scripts for Police Story, Starsky and Hutch and Vega$.
His talents enlivened such memorable fare as the 1980s' TV hit Miami Vice (for which he was nominated for an Emmy) and the 1999 Russell Crowe drama The Insider, for which Mann was nominated for a directing Oscar.
In 2009, Entertainment Weekly listed him among their choices for top active film directors; he came in eighth.
2000, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
2004, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
1992, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
2000, Writers Guild Awards — The Paul Selvin Award: Winner
1999, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
2005, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
1979, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special: Winner
2000, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
1985, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
1990, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Winner
1999, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
1999, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
2005, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
2000, Critics' Choice Awards — Alan J. Pakula Award: Winner