Michael Mann (director)

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Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. For his work, he has received nominations from international organizations and juries, including those at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has produced the Academy Awards ceremony twice, first in 1999 with the 72nd annual Academy Awards and second in 2004 with the 77th annual ceremony.

Total Film ranked Mann #28 on their 100 The Greatest Directors Ever[1] and Sight and Sound ranked him #5 on their list of the 10 Best Directors of the Last 25 Years,[2] Entertainment Weekly ranked Mann #8 on their 25 Greatest Active Film Directors list.[3]

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Early life

Mann was born in Chicago of Jewish heritage,[4] the son of grocers Esther and Jack Mann.[5][6] His father was a Ukrainian immigrant and World War II combat veteran and his mother came from a family native to Chicago.[citation needed] Mann was close to his father and his paternal grandfather.[citation needed] He grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and immersed himself in the burgeoning Chicago blues-music scene as a teenager.[citation needed]

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