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Michael Mann Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Kenneth Mann
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Director, producer, writer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2005Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: winner
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: nominated
  • 2005BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 2004Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2000Writers Guild Awards-The Paul Selvin Award: winner
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2000Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2000Critics' Choice Awards-Alan J. Pakula Award: winner
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1999Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 1999Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: nominated
  • 1999Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 1999Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: winner
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special: winner


  • Ami Canaan Mann -- Daughter
  • Jack Mann -- Father
  • Esther Mann -- Mother
  • Summer Mann -- Wife