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.

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

Mann was born in Chicago of Jewish heritage, the son of grocers Esther and Jack Mann.

He received a B.A. in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he developed interests in history, philosophy and architecture. It was at this time that he first saw Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove and fell in love with movies. In a recent L.A. Weekly interview, he describes the film's impact on him: "It said to my whole generation of filmmakers that you could make an individual statement of high integrity and have that film be successfully seen by a mass audience all at the same time. In other words, you didn’t have to be making Seven Brides for Seven Brothers if you wanted to work in the main stream film industry, or be reduced to niche filmmaking if you wanted to be serious about cinema. So that’s what Kubrick meant, aside from the fact that Strangelove was a revelation." His daughter Ami Canaan Mann is also a film director and producer.

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Before me you are a slug in the sun. You are privy to a great becoming and you recognize nothing. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is in your nature to do one thing correctly: tremble.
Michael Mann, U.S. screenwriter. Frances Dollarhyde, aka "The Tooth Fairy" (Tom Noonan), Manhunter, said to tabloid news reporter (Stephen Lang) whom Dollarhyde is about to burn to death (1986). Adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
We don't invent our natures. They're issued to us along with our lungs, our pancreas and everything else.
Michael Mann, U.S. screenwriter. Hannibal Lechtor (Brian Cox), Manhunter, as he describes human nature to FBI agent Will Graham (William Petersen) (1986). Lechtor was also a featured character in Silence of the Lambs. Manhunter was adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.
You want the scent? Smell yourself.
Michael Mann, U.S. screenwriter. Hannibal Lechtor (Brian Cox), Manhunter, telling FBI agent Will Graham (William Petersen) how to find a serial killer (1986). Lechtor was also a featured character in Silence of the Lambs. Manhunter was adapted from the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris.

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