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      Michael Mann

      Michael Mann

      Highest Rated: 96% The Insider (1999)

      Lowest Rated: 33% Blackhat (2015)

      Birthday: Feb 5, 1943

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Entering the entertainment industry as a television writer, Michael Mann went on to become one of Hollywood's leading directors. Born on Feb. 5, 1943 in Chicago, IL, Mann attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied English literature, and discovered filmmaking when the school began offering courses on cinema history and theory. Inspired by the work of Stanley Kubrick, he attended the London Film School. After a short stint as a documentary and commercial director, he made an experimental short film, "Jaunpuri" (1971), which won the Jury Prize at that year's Cannes Film Festival. Returning to the United States, he moved to Los Angeles and eventually began working as a writer on shows like "Bronk (CBS, 1975-76), "Starsky and Hutch" (ABC, 1975-79) and "Vega$" (ABC, 1978-1981). Mann returned to the director's chair with the made-for-television movie, "The Jericho Mile" (ABC, 1979), which earned him an Emmy Award for writing and was released theatrically abroad. Mann made his feature debut as a director with "Thief" (1981), starring James Caan as a professional safecracker who decides to take on one last job before entering society as a law-abiding citizen. After the commercial and critical failure of "The Keep" (1983) which grafted German Expressionist techniques on a story that straddled the horror and war genres, Mann returned to television, serving as executive producer on "Miami Vice" (NBC, 1984-1990). Though "Miami Vice" was a big ratings winner, many critics preferred his next effort, "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986-88), a period epic set in 1960s Chicago and Las Vegas. Mann served as executive producer, writer and director on "L.A. Takedown" (NBC, 1989), a television movie pilot about a dogged Los Angeles detective (Scott Plank) struggling to catch up to a crew of professional criminals who always stay one step ahead. Though the movie failed to become a series, it did serve as the foundation for Mann's later film, "Heat" (1995). Still in television mode, Mann was executive producer on the Emmy-winning docudrama, "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (NBC, 1990) and its sequel, "Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel" (NBC, 1992). In a return to the big screen as director, Mann took a more hands-on approach with his features, opting to also produce "Manhunter" (1986), a grim and disturbing psychological thriller that marked the screen debut of the celebrated cannibalistic psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Brian Cox). Mann followed with a thoughtfully revisionist adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992), which he co-wrote with Christopher Crowe. Mann staked out more familiar territory with "Heat" (1995), a crime drama promoted for its landmark pairing of two American acting titans, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, who were both in "The Godfather, Part II" (1974), but never shared screen time. Mann mined recent history and personal connections for his next project, "The Insider" (1999), picking the brain of fellow Wisconsin grad Lowell Bergman (Pacino), an investigative journalist in the middle of a firestorm over the refusal by CBS to air a "60 Minutes" segment featuring Brown & Williamson research scientist-turned-whistleblower, Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe). The film earned Mann the best reviews of his career, as well as three Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director. Mann returned to the big screen two years later with "Ali" (2001), the biopic of boxer Muhammad Ali (Will Smith), tracing the decade between the champion's defeat of Sonny Liston in 1964 and his 1974 comeback fight in Zaire against George Foreman, known as the Rumble in the Jungle. Mann followed up "Ali " with the crime thriller "Collateral" (2004), which focused on a Los Angeles cabbie (Jaime Foxx) who has the unfortunate luck of picking up a hit man (Tom Cruise) in town to perform a job. After Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his work as producer on "The Aviator" (2004), Mann got his chance to helm "Miami Vice" (2006) as a feature. Returning into producer mode, Mann helped shepherd "The Kingdom" (2007) a dark and gritty political thriller directed by Peter Berg about an FBI special agent (Foxx) investigating a terrorist attack on American forces inside Saudi Arabia. He reunited with Will Smith for the comic book comedy, "Hancock" (2008), in which the actor played a hard-drinking superhero grown disillusioned with a public that has fallen out of love with him. Back in the director's chair, Mann helmed "Public Enemies" (2009), a period crime thriller that looked at the career of bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp). Mann put on his producer's hat once again for the crime drama "Texas Killing Fields" (2011), helmed by his daughter, Ami Canaan Mann, in her debut as a feature film director. Also that year, he co-produced and directed the pilot episode for "Luck" (HBO, 2011-12), an ensemble drama starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, and served as executive producer of the documentary miniseries "Witness" (HBO 2012) about the work of photojournalists in warzones. Mann next returned to the big screen with the international cybersecurity thriller "Blackhat" (2015), which he wrote and directed. Mann next served as executive producer for "Ford v Ferrari" (2019), a biopic of American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) and their attempt to win the grueling 24-hour Le Mans race in 1966.

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      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ferrari Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonnie Self - 2022
      92% 98% Ford v Ferrari Executive Producer $117.6M 2019
      33% 24% Blackhat Director,
      Producer
      $7.8M 2015
      38% 27% Texas Killing Fields Producer $45.3K 2011
      68% 59% Public Enemies Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $97.0M 2009
      41% 59% Hancock Producer $227.9M 2008
      51% 76% The Kingdom Producer $47.5M 2007
      47% 43% Miami Vice Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $63.4M 2006
      86% 84% Collateral Director,
      Producer,
      Screenwriter
      $100.0M 2004
      86% 79% The Aviator Producer $102.6M 2004
      91% 84% Baadasssss! Executive Producer $365.2K 2003
      68% 65% Ali Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $58.2M 2001
      96% 90% The Insider Director,
      Producer,
      Writer
      $29.0M 1999
      88% 94% Heat Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $66.2M 1995
      93% 88% The Last of the Mohicans Director,
      Writer,
      Producer
      $72.2M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Takedown Director - 1989
      93% 77% Manhunter Director,
      Writer
      $7.0M 1986
      44% 43% The Keep Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1983
      79% 81% Thief Director,
      Executive Producer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1981
      No Score Yet 78% The Jericho Mile Director - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roogie's Bump Benji (Character) - 1954

      TV

      Credit
      80% 95% Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers Executive Producer 2022
      85% 89% Tokyo Vice Executive Producer 2022
      0% No Score Yet One Perfect Shot Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 100% Jay Leno's Garage Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Witness Executive Producer 2012
      82% 81% Luck Executive Producer,
      Director
      2012
      57% No Score Yet Robbery Homicide Division Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2002-2003
      71% 91% Miami Vice Writer,
      Executive Producer
      1984-1990
      87% 94% Cheers The Guy (Guest Star) 1982
      66% No Score Yet Archie Bunker's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
      No Score Yet 100% Taxi Peter Nicholson (Guest Star) 1978 1981
      No Score Yet 90% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1976 1979
      No Score Yet 90% M*A*S*H Sgt. Glassberg (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet 100% Laverne & Shirley Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Writer 1975-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Writer 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronk Writer 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe & Mabel Sherman Spooner (Character) 1956