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James Mangold Biography

Birth Name:
James Allen Mangold
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Director, writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Upon graduating from CalArts in 1985, was offered a yearlong contract at Disney by Michael Eisner
  • Mangold didn't mesh well with the studio bosses and his only credit from this time is a cowriter's credit on Oliver & Company
  • After being fired from Disney, returned to school to get his MFA from Columbia, studying under Milos Forman
  • Won a Special Jury Prize for Directing at the Sundance Film Festival for his directorial debut, 1995's Heavy
  • Had a cameo as a movie director in his own film, 2001's Kate & Leopold


  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2019Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2018Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2017Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 1995Sundance Film Festival-Special Jury Prize for Directing (Dramatic): winner