Delbert Mann


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Delbert Martin Mann, Jr
Date of Birth
January 30, 1920
United States
Place of Birth
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
Death Date
Nov 11, 2007 (age 87)
Zodiac Sign
Film Director, Film Producer, Trade Unionist
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Vanderbilt University (BA), Yale University (MFA)
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Delbert Mann Life

Delbert Martin Mann Jr. (January 30, 1920 – November 11, 2007) was an American television and film director.

He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film Marty (1955), adapted from a 1953 teleplay of the same name which he had also directed.

From 1967 to 1971, he was president of the Directors Guild of America.

In 2002, he received the DGA's honorary life member award.

Mann was credited to have "helped bring TV techniques to the film world."

Early life and education

Delbert Martin Mann Jr. was born on January 30, 1920, in Lawrence, Kansas, to Delbert Mann Sr. and Ora (Patton) Mann (died 1961). His father taught sociology at the University of Kansas from 1920 to 1926. In 1926, the Manns left Lawrence and moved to Pennsylvania and then Chicago before finally settling in Nashville in 1931. There, his father continued to teach sociology at the Scarritt College for Christian Workers. His mother was also a schoolteacher.

Mann was head of his high school drama club when he met Fred Coe, the future television producer and director, who was leading a church-sponsored acting society. Coe would later figure prominently in Mann's career as a director. Coe would also serve as Mann's mentor. Mann studied political science in Vanderbilt University. He graduated there in 1941 with a bachelor's degree on political science. During World War II, Mann served with the Army Air Corps as a B-24 bomber pilot and then as an intelligence officer with the 8th Air Force stationed in England. Mann also attended the Yale School of Drama, where he earned a master's fine arts degree in directing.

Personal life and death

Mann was married to Ann Caroline Gillespie from 1942 until her death by Alzheimer's disease in 2001. They had four children: Fred, David, Steven and Susan. Susan died in a car accident in 1976.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Mann served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute. He also served as honorary chairman of the institute for a one-year term.

On November 11, 2007, Mann died of pneumonia at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at age 87.


Delbert Mann Career


Mann performed at the Town Theatre, a community playhouse in Columbia, South Carolina. Mann served with the Town Theatre from 1947 to 1949 before heading to New York to work with Coe in television. Mann joined him in New York in 1949, where he became a stage manager and assistant director at NBC. He became an alternating director of The Philco Television Playhouse within months.

Mann produced more than 100 live television dramas between 1949 and 1955. However, even after returning to film, he returned to television and directed productions for Playhouse 90, Ford Star Jubilee, and other dramatic television anthology series. Heidi (1968), David Copperfield (1969), Jane Eyre (1970), and All Quiet on the Western Front (1979).

In comparison to Marty (1955), There Are Some Boys (1958), Separate Tables (1958), The Bachelor Party (1961), The Secret of the Night (1961), A Gathering of Eagles (1961), Fitzwilly (1971), and Night Crossing (1982).