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