December 1, 1927
|Died||March 25, 2008 (aged 80)|
|Occupation(s)||Screenwriter, film producer|
|Children||3, including Aaron Cohen|
Abby Mann (December 1, 1927 – March 25, 2008) was an American film writer and producer.
Life and career
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 that 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 films Ship of Fools and A Child Is Waiting.
While working for television, he created the series Kojak, starring Telly Savalas. Mann was executive producer, but was also credited as a writer 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. In 1974, he signed a deal with Columbia Pictures Television to develop long-form television projects.
Mann died of heart failure in Beverly Hills, California on March 25, 2008, aged 80. He died one day after Richard Widmark, one of the stars of Judgment at Nuremberg. Mann is interred in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.
- Port of Escape (1956)
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
- A Child Is Waiting (1963)
- Ship of Fools (1965)
- The Detective (1968)
- The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
- King (1978, also director)
- The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)
- Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
- "The Sleeping Car Porter Who Won the Last Round". New York Times. February 23, 2002. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- Erens, Patricia (1998). The Jew in American Cinema. Indiana University Press. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-253-20493-6.
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- "Ron Weiskind and Barbara Vancheri, "Pittsburgh goes to the Oscars". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 9, 2003". Post-gazette.com. March 9, 2003. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- 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. ix.
- "'Kojak' (1973)", imdb.com; accessed December 31, 2017.
- Bedell, Sally (February 9, 1985). "CBS Turning Cameras on its Decision-Makers". New York Times. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "Corruption, Love and Murder, All From Real Life". The New York Times. September 11, 1992. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- "The Horrors Behind The McMartin Trial". New York Times. May 19, 1995. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- Vincent Canby, "Screen: War and Love". The New York Times, September 13, 1985.
- "Abby Mann". IMDb. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
- "Program Briefs" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 9, 1974. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
- Aaron Cohen and Douglas Century, Brotherhood of Warriors, harpercollins.com; accessed December 31, 2017.
- Saperstein, Pat (March 26, 2008). "Obituary". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
- Obituary – Los Angeles Times Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, CA". www.nndb.com. Retrieved January 12, 2020.