Anthony Mann

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Anthony Mann
Born Emil Anton Bundesmann
(1906-06-30)June 30, 1906
San Diego, California, United States
Died April 29, 1967(1967-04-29) (aged 60)
Berlin, Germany
Years active 1942–1967
Spouse(s) Mildred Mann (1936–1957; divorced)
Sara Montiel (1957–1963; divorced)
Anna (1964–1967; his death)
Children Nicholas (Anne)

Anthony Mann (June 30, 1906 – April 29, 1967) was an American actor and film director,[1] most notably of films noirs and Westerns. As a director, he often collaborated with the cinematographer John Alton and with actor James Stewart in his Westerns.

Life and career[edit]

Mann was born in San Diego, California. His father, an academic, was from an Austrian Catholic family, and his mother was from a Bavarian Jewish family.[2] Mann started out as an actor, appearing in plays off-Broadway in New York City. In 1938, he moved to Hollywood, where he joined the Selznick International Pictures. He was married to the actress Sara Montiel.

Mann became an assistant director in 1942, directing low-budget assignments for RKO and Republic Pictures.

In 1964 he was head of the jury at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival.[3]

In 1967, Mann died from a heart attack in Berlin, Germany while filming the spy thriller A Dandy in Aspic. The film was completed by the film's star, Laurence Harvey.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Anthony Mann has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6229 Hollywood Blvd.


Mann first made his name as director of several film noir. Early films which made Mann a name in Hollywood include:

However, Mann is probably best remembered today for his work in the Western genre—particularly for five film collaborations with James Stewart:

Mann's other westerns include:

In the 1960s, Mann put aside Westerns to concentrate on making two epics for producer Samuel Bronston:

He was also the original director of Spartacus (1960), but was fired early in production by producer-star Kirk Douglas and replaced with Stanley Kubrick, having shot a handful of scenes.

Complete list[edit]


  1. ^ Sadoul, p.167
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  3. ^ "Berlinale 1964: Juries". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 


  • Sadoul, Georges; Morris, Peter (1972), Peter Morris, ed., Dictionary of film makers, Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, ISBN 978-0-520-02151-8 

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