Anthony Mann

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Anthony Mann
Born Emil Anton Bundesmann
(1906-06-30)June 30, 1906
San Diego, California, United States
Died April 29, 1967(1967-04-29) (aged 60)
Berlin, Germany
Years active 1942–1967
Spouse(s) Mildred Mann (1936–1957; divorced)
Sara Montiel (1957–1963; divorced)
Anna (1964–1967; his death)
Children Nicholas (1965–2015) (Anna)

Anthony Mann (June 30, 1906 – April 29, 1967) was an American actor and film director,[1] most notably of film noir and Westerns. As a director, he often collaborated with the cinematographer John Alton and with actor James Stewart in his Westerns.

Life and career[edit]

Mann was born Emil Anton Bundsmann in San Diego, California.[2] His father, Emile Theodore Bundsmann, an academic, was from an Austrian Catholic family, and his mother, Bertha Weichselbaum, a drama teacher, was an American of Bavarian Jewish descent.[3] Shortly after their marriage, Mann's parents joined the proto-hippie religious cult of Lomaland in San Diego County where there was an emphasis on artistic, religious, and military training and where children were raised separately from their parents. When Mann was three, his parents returned to his father's native Austria to seek treatment for Professor Bundsmann's ill health, leaving Mann behind in Lomaland. Mann's mother did not return for Mann until he was fourteen, and only then at the urging of a cousin who had paid him a visit and was worried about his treatment and situation at Lomaland. With his father permanently institutionalized, Mann and his mother struggled financially in Newark New Jersey with Mann maintaining many odd jobs throughout the remainder of his middle and high school years. Mann appeared in some high school productions with his friend and classmate, future Hollywood studio executive Dore Schary. Schary would graduate from Newark's Central High School, but Mann dropped out in his senior year.[3]

Mann started as an actor, appearing in plays off-Broadway in New York City. During these years he met and married his first wife Mildred when they both worked at Macy's department store in New York City. Contrary to misleading newspaper reports, Mildred was a clerk and not a store executive or manager. In 1938, Mann, Mildred, and their two daughters moved to Hollywood, where he joined Selznick International Pictures. Contrary to erroneous reports, Mann's eldest child was a daughter Toni Mann, not a son "Anthony, Jr." In the mid-1950s, Mann and Mildred divorced and he subsequently married the much-younger Spanish actress Sara Montiel.[2]

Mann became an assistant director by the 1940s, assisting Preston Sturges on the film Sullivan's Travels,[4] and subsequently directing low-budget assignments for RKO and Republic Pictures.

In 1964, he was head of the jury at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival.[5]

In 1967, Mann died from a heart attack in Berlin while filming the spy thriller A Dandy in Aspic. The film was completed by the film's star Laurence Harvey.[6]

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Anthony Mann has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6229 Hollywood Boulevard.[7]


Mann first made his name as director of several film noir. Early films which made Mann a name in Hollywood include:

However, Mann is probably best remembered today for his work in the Western genre—particularly for eight films with James Stewart:

Mann's other westerns include:

In the 1960s, Mann put aside Westerns to concentrate on making two epics for producer Samuel Bronston:

He was also the original director of Spartacus (1960), but was fired early in production by producer-star Kirk Douglas and replaced with Stanley Kubrick, having shot a handful of scenes.

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  1. ^ Sadoul, p.167
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b Alvarez, Max. The Crime Films of Anthony Mann, p. 15. University Press of Mississippi, 2013. ISBN 9781496801036. Accessed December 19, 2017. "In New Jersey, Emile Anton attended elementary school in East Orange and high school in Newark but dropped out to go to work. The New York Times obituary reports him leaving high school at age sixteen, but the Central High School transcripts indicate a January 1925 dropout date, when Emile Anton was eighteen."
  4. ^ Spoto, Donald. Madcap: The Life of Preston Sturges. p. 171. ISBN 0-316-80726-5
  5. ^ "Berlinale 1964: Juries". Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  6. ^ Staff. "Anthony Mann, 60, A Movie Director; Filmmaker Who Favored Westerns Dies in Berlin", The New York Times, April 30, 1967. Accessed December 19, 2017. "Berlin, April 29 (Reuters) --Anthony Mann, the American film director, died here of a heart attack this morning. His age was 60."
  7. ^ "Hollywood Star Walk: Anthony Mann", Los Angeles Times. Accessed December 19, 2017. "North side of the 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard."


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