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MICHAEL MANN (Written and Directed by/Produced by) has earned numerous honors for his work as a director, writer and producer, including four Academy Award® nominations for The Insider and for producing The Aviator. A Chicago native, Mann is recognized for his groundbreaking and cinematically captivating dramas, including Thief, Manhunter, The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, The Insider, Ali and Collateral.

In the mid-1970s, Mann began a career as a television writer, working on Police Story, the first episodes of Starsky and Hutch and the series Vega$. In 1979, he directed and co-wrote his first drama, movie-of-the-week, The Jericho Mile, starring Peter Strauss. It garnered four Emmys and a Directors Guild Award for Best Director.

In 1981, Mann made his theatrical film debut with Thief, a modernist crime story starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson and Jim Belushi that was nominated for the Golden Palm Award at Cannes. He followed this in 1983 with the gothic horror film The Keep, starring Gabriel Byrne, Scott Glenn and Ian McKellen. In 1986, he directed Manhunter, a psychological thriller based upon the first of Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter books, Red Dragon, featuring William Petersen and Brian Cox as Lecter.

Throughout the 1980s, Mann continued to work in television with the revolutionary Miami Vice and the acclaimed Chicago and Las Vegas drama Crime Story, starring Dennis Farina. In addition to these efforts, he produced the 1990 Emmy-winning miniseries Drug Wars: The Camarena Story and executive produced the 1992 Emmy-nominated sequel Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel.

In 1992, Mann directed, co-wrote and produced The Last of the Mohicans, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. Following this success, in 1995, he directed Heat from his own original screenplay about the taut relationship between an obsessive detective and a professional thief. It starred Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as well as Jon Voight, Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore. Additionally, Ashley Judd and Amy Brenneman each had their first major roles in Heat.

In 1999, Mann earned Oscar® nominations co-writing, directing and producing The Insider, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino. Based upon Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article, "The Man Who Knew Too Much,” the film tells the true story of Jeffrey Wigand, a tobacco industry executive who blew the whistle on the tobacco industry.

In 2001, Mann took audiences into the heart and life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, in Ali, starring Will Smith and Jon Voight, both of whom received Oscar® nominations. Additionally, in 2002, Mann produced Robbery: Homicide Division for CBS, starring Tom Sizemore. In 2004, Mann directed the psychological thriller Collateral, starring Academy Award® nominee Tom Cruise and Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx. Also in 2004, Mann produced the Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, which Martin Scorsese directed. This film led the 2004 Academy Awards® contenders with 11 Oscar® nominations, including Best Picture. In addition, Cate Blanchett won an Oscar® for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn.

Mann is currently a producer of the Peter Berg-directed The Kingdom, starring Jamie Foxx, and Tonight, He Comes, starring Will Smith.

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