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      Tom Mankiewicz

      Tom Mankiewicz

      Highest Rated: 94% Superman: The Movie (1978)

      Lowest Rated: 29% Delirious (1991)

      Birthday: Jun 1, 1942

      Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

      A prolific Hollywood screenwriter who was the son of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the nephew of writer Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz found initial success writing the popular television music special, "Movin' with Nancy" (NBC, 1967), before penning several James Bond movies, including "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "Live and Let Die" (1973) and "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974). Perhaps his greatest success came with writing the final drafts of the original "Superman" (1978), which opened the door to a lucrative script doctoring career throughout the next decade. He wrote uncredited drafts of John Badham's popular techno-thriller "WarGames" (1983), Steven Spielberg's "Gremlins" (1984) and Richard Donner's "The Goonies" (1985). Turning back to television, Mankiewicz wrote and directed several episodes of the popular series "Hart to Hart" (ABC, 1979-1984), while receiving screenplay credit for Donner's medieval fantasy "Ladyhawke" (1985). He went on to direct two feature films, finding moderate success with the comedy adaptation of "Dragnet" (1987), while stumbling at the box office with the John Candy vehicle "Delirious" (1991). Though he kept a relatively low profile for the remainder of his career, there was no doubt that Mankiewicz made an indelible mark both on television and the silver screen.


      SUPERMAN, Tom Mankeiwicz, Marlon Brando, Director Richard Donner, Pierre Spengler, 1978 DELIRIOUS, director Tom Mankiewicz (center, holding camera), on set, 1991. ©MGM DRAGNET, director Tom Mankiewicz, 1987, ©Universal



      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Till Death Do Us Hart Director - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Taking the Heat Director - 1993
      29% 39% Delirious Director $4.7M 1991
      50% 41% Dragnet Director,
      $56.0M 1987
      67% 74% Ladyhawke Screenwriter - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Director,
      - 1979
      94% 86% Superman: The Movie Writer - 1978
      36% 52% The Cassandra Crossing Screenwriter - 1977
      53% 53% Mother, Jugs & Speed Producer,
      - 1976
      67% 67% The Eagle Has Landed Screenwriter - 1976
      42% 55% The Man With the Golden Gun Screenwriter - 1974
      66% 64% Live and Let Die Writer - 1973
      64% 57% Diamonds Are Forever Writer - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sweet Ride Screenwriter - 1968


      82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Director 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Director,