Life and career
Born as Abraham Goodman in Philadelphia, he grew up in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. He was best known for his work on controversial subjects and social drama. His best known work is the screenplay for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), which was initially a television drama which aired in 1959. Stanley Kramer directed the film adaptation, for which Mann received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In his acceptance speech, he said:
"A writer worth his salt at all has an obligation not only to entertain but to comment on the world in which he lives."
Mann later adapted the play for a 2001 production on Broadway, which featured Maximilian Schell from the 1961 film in a different role. In the introduction to the printed script, Mann credited a conversation with Abraham Pomerantz, U.S. Chief Deputy Counsel, for giving him the initial interest in Nuremberg. Mann and Kramer also collaborated on the film A Child is Waiting (1963).
Working for television, he created the television series Kojak, starring Telly Savalas. Mann was executive producer, but was credited as a writer also on many episodes. His other writing credits include the screenplays for the television films The Marcus-Nelson Murders, The Atlanta Child Murders, Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story, and Indictment: The McMartin Trial, as well as the film War and Love. He also directed the 1978 NBC TV miniseries King.
Mann is interred in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.
- Port of Escape (1956)
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
- A Child Is Waiting (1963)
- The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
- King (1978, also director)
- The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)
- Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
- By RON WERTHEIMERPublished: February 23, 2002 (2002-02-23). "Ron Wertheimer, "The Sleeping Car Porter Who Won the Last Round". ''The New York Times'', February 23, 2002". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- "Ron Weiskind and Barbara Vancheri, "Pittsburgh goes to the Oscars". ''Pittsburgh Post-Gazette'', March 9, 2003". Post-gazette.com. 2003-03-09. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- Bruce Weber, "On Evil and the Citizen, No Answers Are Easy". The New York Times, March 27, 2001.
- Mann, Abby. Judgment at Nuremberg - A play. New Directions. pp. page ix.
- "'Kojak' (1973)". Internet Movie Database
- Bedell, Sally (1985-02-09). "Sally Bedell Smith, "CBS Turning Cameras on its Decision-Makers". ''The New York Times'', February 9, 1985". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- By JOHN J. O'CONNORPublished: September 11, 1992 (1992-09-11). "John J. O'Connor, "Corruption, Love and Murder, All From Real Life". ''The New York Times'', September 11, 1992". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- By JOHN J. O'CONNORPublished: May 19, 1995 (1995-05-19). "John J. O'Connor, "The Horrors Behind The McMartin Trial". ''The New York Times'', May 19, 1995". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- Vincent Canby, "Screen: War and Love". The New York Times, September 13, 1985.[dead link]
- Saperstein, Pat (2008-03-26). "Obituary". Variety. Retrieved 2012-09-04.
- Obituary - Los Angeles Times[dead link]
- Obituary - New York Times
- Abby Mann at the Internet Movie Database
- 1961 Academy Award winners list
- Abby Mann interview video at the Archive of American Television