December 2, 1913|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Died||September 24, 1985
Bronxville, New York, US
Mann was influential in developing the concept of Method acting in America. While many other Method advocates (including Lee Strasberg) shared their knowledge at the prestigious Actors Studio, Mann taught his own classes at his Actor's Workshop, founded in 1953. Along with Lloyd Richards (a fellow Toronto native and chief assistant director of the school), Mann also managed to create a comfortable atmosphere for actors of all races. Alumni of his school include Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Al Lewis and Vic Morrow.
Mann's own acting career was based primarily in theatre, beginning when he was sixteen. His onscreen appearances were limited to an episode of the 1950s television serial Danger and two feature film roles. The first was that of merchant Aleko Sinnikoglou in America, America (1963) (directed by his friend Elia Kazan) and the last was the village butcher Lazar Wolf in the screen adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof (1971). He received Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nominations for both roles.
In most recent order:
- Danton's Death / [Revival, Play] / ? / Oct 21, 1965 - Nov 1965
- Incident at Vichy / [Original, Play, Drama] / Marchand / Dec 3, 1964 - May 7, 1965
- The Changeling / [Original, Play] / ? / Oct 29, 1964 - Dec 23, 1964
- After The Fall / [Original, Play, Drama] / Quentin's Father; Jason Robards portrayed Quentin / Jan 23, 1964 - May 29, 1965
- Too Late the Phalarope / [Original, Play] / Japie Grobler / Oct 11, 1956 - Nov 10, 1956
- Flight Into Egypt / [Original, Play, Drama] / Freund / Mar 18, 1952 - Apr 19, 1952
- Macbeth / [Revival, Play, Tragedy] / Menteith and Murderer / Mar 31, 1948 - Apr 24, 1948
- Flight to the West / [Original, Play] / Thomas Hickey / Dec 30, 1940 - Apr 26, 1941
- Johnny Johnson / [Original, Play, Play with music, Comedy] / German Priest and Orderly / Nov 19, 1936 - Jan 16, 1937
- Bitter Oleander / [Original, Play, Drama] / as Second Man / Feb 11, 1935 - Mar 1935
- Follow Thru / [Original, Musical, Comedy] / as Gentleman / Jan 9, 1929 - Dec 21, 1929
- Goudsouzian 2004, p. 96-97.
1. Goudsouzian, A. (2004). "Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon", UNC Press