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 films 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] Mann started out as an actor, appearing in plays off-Broadway in New York City. In 1938, he moved to Hollywood, where he joined the Selznick International Pictures. He was married to the 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, Germany while filming the spy thriller A Dandy in Aspic. The film was completed by the film's star, Laurence Harvey.

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


Mann first made his name as director of several films 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 film collaborations 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.

Complete list[edit]


  1. ^ Sadoul, p.167
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Alvarez, Max. The Crime Films of Anthony Mann. ISBN 9781617039256
  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. 


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