Delbert Mann

About Delbert Mann

Who is it?: Film Director
Birth Day: January 30, 1920
Birth Place: Lawrence, Kansas, U.S., United States
Occupation: Director
Years active: 1949–1994
Spouse(s): Ann Caroline Mann (1941-2001)

Delbert Mann

Delbert Mann was born on January 30, 1920 in Lawrence, Kansas, U.S., United States, is Film Director. Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. was an American film and television director who won the ‘Academy Award for Best Director’ for the 1955 romantic drama film ‘Marty’. It is believed that he "helped bring TV techniques to the film world". Starting his career in direction at the ‘Town Theatre’ in Columbia, South Carolina, he later turned to television and worked as assistant director and stage manager with an American commercial broadcast TV network called the ‘National Broadcasting Company’ (‘NBC’). Soon he was made an alternate director of an American television anthology series called ‘The Philco Television Playhouse’ that was broadcast live. Moving on he contributed to directing over 100 live TV dramas. Some of the TV films he directed are ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Heidi’ and ‘Jane Eyre’. His stint as a film director for the big-screen for almost three decades saw him delivering many remarkable films. Some of his notable big-screen flicks are ‘The Bachelor Party’, ‘Night Crossing’, ‘A Gathering of Eagles’, ‘The Outsider’, ‘The Dark at the Top of the Stairs’, ‘Middle of the Night’, ‘Desire Under the Elms’ and ‘Dear Heart’ among several others. He served as President of the ‘Directors Guild of America’ from 1967 to 1971 and was awarded the ‘Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award’ by the Guild in 1997. Later in 2002 he was conferred Honorary Life Membership by the Guild.
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As per our current Database, Delbert Mann has been died on November 11, 2007(2007-11-11) (aged 87)\nLos Angeles, California, U.S..

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Occupation Film & Theater Personalities
Age 87 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born January 30, 1920 (Lawrence, Kansas, U.S., United States)
Birthday January 30
Town/City Lawrence, Kansas, U.S., United States
Nationality United States

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Delbert Martin Mann Jr. was born on January 30, 1920 in Lawrence, Kansas, to Delbert Mann Sr. and Ora (Patton) Mann (died 1961). His father taught sociology at the University of Kansas from 1920 to 1926. In 1926, the Manns left Lawrence and moved to Pennsylvania and then Chicago before finally settling in Nashville in 1931. There, his father continued to teach sociology at the Scarritt College for Christian Workers. His mother was also a schoolteacher.


Mann was head of his high school drama club when he met Fred Coe, the Future television Producer and Director, who was leading a church-sponsored acting society. Coe would later figure prominently in Mann's career as a Director. Coe would also serve as Mann's mentor. Mann studied political science in Vanderbilt University. He graduated there in 1941 with a bachelor's degree on political science. During World War II, Mann served with the Army Air Corps as a B-24 bomber pilot and then as an intelligence officer with the 8th Air Force stationed in England. Mann also attended the Yale School of Drama, where he earned a master's fine arts degree in directing.


Mann was married to Ann Caroline Gillespie from 1942 until her death by Alzheimer's disease in 2001. They had four children: Fred, David, Steven and Susan. Susan died in a car accident in 1976.


Mann took a directing job at the Town Theatre, a community playhouse in Columbia, South Carolina. Mann was affiliated with the Town Theatre from 1947 to 1949, before moving to New York to work with Coe in television. In 1949, at Coe's invitation, Mann joined him in New York, where he became a stage manager and assistant Director at NBC. Within months, he became an alternating Director of the anthology series, The Philco Television Playhouse.


Between 1949 and 1955, Mann directed more than 100 live television dramas. But even after turning to films, he returned to television and directed productions for Playhouse 90, Ford Star Jubilee and other dramatic television anthology series. He also directed more than two dozen films for television from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, including Heidi (1968), David Copperfield (1969), Jane Eyre (1970) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1979).


In addition to Marty (1955), other films directed by Mann include The Bachelor Party (1957), Desire Under the Elms (1958), Separate Tables (1958), Middle of the Night (1959), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960), The Outsider (1961), That Touch of Mink (1962), A Gathering of Eagles (1963), Dear Heart (1964), Fitzwilly (1967), Kidnapped (1971) and Night Crossing (1982).


During the 1980s and 1990s Mann served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute. He also served as "Honorary Chairman" of the institute for a one year term.


On November 11, 2007, Mann died of pneumonia at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was 87.

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