- 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.
- 1985, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
- 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
- 2005, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
- 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Nominee
- 2000, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1999, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
- 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
- 2004, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
- 2000, Writers Guild Awards — The Paul Selvin Award: Winner
- 1999, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
- 2000, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
- 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Miniseries: Winner
- 2000, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special: Winner
- 1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
- 1999, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
- Ami Canaan Mann — Daughter
- Summer Mann — Wife
- Esther Mann — Mother
- Jack Mann — Father
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States (BA in English Literature, 1965); London Film School, London, England (MA, 1967)
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