Director of American film, born February 5, 1943 in Chicago (Illinois, United States).
Despite its popularity as the creator of soap operas from success, Michael Mann has made every effort to become a film director, vocation that grows on it after taking a degree at the University of Wisconsin and across the Atlantic to receive classes in London, at the prestigious London Film School. Despite having shot several short films and documentaries as practice, Mann returns to Los Angeles to find work away from Hollywood, as a television screenwriter.
What happens, however, is that the future filmmaker has an intuition only for success on the small screen, and soon called the attention as author of the screenplays for Starsky and Hutch (1975), 88 episodes TV series starring the actors Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. Now, despite trading more and more in television stations, do not desist from their old purpose, finally fulfilled when he manages to shoot the film thief (1980), released under the alternative title Violent street.
This film has a medium budget and James Caan leads the cast, but the good film office of Mann isn't enough to remove him from television. Accurate in choosing new projects, it becomes the corruption in Miami (1984-1989), TV series producer where rehearses the combination of the languages of the music video and advertising with the detective genre. While working on this production, undertakes to adapt to film a novel by Thomas Harris, the red dragon, which will be premiered as a Hunter (1987). This title is the film presentation of the psychopath Hannibal Lecter, protagonist after another film, the silence of the Lambs (1991), Jonathan Demme.
Michael Mann insists consider projects in Hollywood and finally gets to be recognized as a director with the last of the Mohicans (1992), adventure film based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. One of its most obvious merits in this film is to modernize the romantic adventures of Cooper, set in the 18th century, in the North of the franco-britanicas wars America facing a young audience. The commercial run of the film gives the industry to understand that Mann is a good investment. Why get an even higher budget for Heat (1995), which narrates the confrontation between a thief of high-level (Robert de Niro) and a policeman in the streets (Al Pacino). The lucidity of the script, expected of the interpretative duel between De Niro and Pacino and, of course, the remarkable work of Mann behind the camera, Heat causes the expected printing and ensures the professional position of the director. Therefore, guesses about his next project, entitled in principle The Zen differential (1998), are very positive.
The last works of the director of Chicago were three blockbusters and were very well received by critics: the dilemma (1999), with a magnificent work of Russell Crow and Al Pacino; Ali (2001), the life of the Boxer Mohammad Alí starring Will Smith; and Collateral, a thriller starring Tom Cruise.
1978: The Jericho Mile (TV). 1980: ladron.1981: Violent Street.1983: The keep.1987: Hunter.1989: L.A. Takedown (TV). 1992: the last mohicano.1995: Heat.1999: the dilema.2001: Ali.2004: Collateral.