Abby Mann

Abby Mann

American film screenwriter and producer
Date of Birth: 01.12.1927
Country: USA

Biography of Abby Mann

Abby Mann was an American screenwriter and producer who gained recognition primarily for his work on the television series 'Kojak' from 1973 to 1978, starring Telly Savalas. Although Mann served as the executive producer of the show, he also wrote numerous episodes. He was known for writing films that tackled controversial issues and social dramas. One of Mann's most recognizable works is the historical drama 'Judgment at Nuremberg'. The screenplay, adapted by Mann for the 1961 film directed by Stanley Kramer, won him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He had previously adapted the author's script for a television production of the same name released in 1959. In his acceptance speech for the Oscar, Abby said, "The essence of a writer's value lies in the responsibility placed upon him not only to entertain but to interpret the world in which he lives."

Abby Mann

Abby Mann was born as Abraham Goodman in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, and grew up in East Pittsburgh. Following the success of 'Judgment at Nuremberg', Mann adapted the screenplay for a Broadway play starring Maximilian Schell, the former husband of Russian actress Natalya Andreyevna. In 1963, Mann collaborated with director Kramer once again, resulting in the drama film 'A Child Is Waiting', starring Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland.

Abby Mann

While working in television, Mann first gained recognition as one of the writers for the detective series 'Kojak' from 1973 to 1978, featuring Telly Savalas. Although Mann served as the executive producer of the show, he also wrote many episodes. Continuing his writing career, Abby became responsible for developing scripts for television films such as the crime drama 'The Marcus-Nelson Murders' (again with Telly Savalas) in 1973, the detective film 'The Atlanta Child Murders' in 1985, the dramatic biopic 'Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story' in 1992, the thriller 'Indictment: The McMartin Trial' in 1995, and the war melodrama 'War and Love' with Kyra Sedgwick.

Abby Mann

Abby Mann passed away from heart failure in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, on March 25, 2008, at the age of 80. He died the day after the death of actor Richard Widmark, one of the stars of 'Judgment at Nuremberg'. Abby Mann was married to Myra Mann, who served as his co-writer for the television thriller 'Indictment: The McMartin Trial' in 1995. His adopted son, Aaron Cohen, is a former operative of the Israeli Special Forces.

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