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Full Name  Abraham Goodman
Name  Abby Mann
Books  Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ethnicity  Jewish
Education  New York University
Nationality  United States
Spouse  Myra Mann (m. ?–2008)
Cause of death  heart failure
Role  Film writer

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Born  December 1, 1927Philadelphia
Occupation  film writer and producer
Died  March 25, 2008, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Movies and TV shows  Judgment at Nuremberg, Kojak, The Marcus‑Nelson Murders, Ship of Fools, A Child Is Waiting
Similar People  Stanley Kramer, George Savalas, Dan Frazer, Telly Savalas, Maximilian Schell

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Abby Mann (December 1, 1927 – March 25, 2008) was an American film writer and producer.


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Life and career

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Born to a Jewish family as Abraham Goodman in Philadelphia, he grew up in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. He was best known for his work on controversial subjects and social drama. His best known work is the screenplay for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), which was initially a television drama that aired in 1959. Stanley Kramer directed the film adaptation, for which Mann received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In his acceptance speech, he said:

"A writer worth his salt at all has an obligation not only to entertain but to comment on the world in which he lives."

Mann later adapted the play for a 2001 production on Broadway, which featured Maximilian Schell from the 1961 film in a different role. In the introduction to the printed script, Mann credited a conversation with Abraham Pomerantz, U.S. Chief Deputy Counsel, for giving him the initial interest in Nuremberg. Mann and Kramer also collaborated on the film A Child Is Waiting (1963).

While working for television, he created the series Kojak, starring Telly Savalas. Mann was executive producer, but was also credited as a writer on many episodes. His other writing credits include the screenplays for the television films The Marcus-Nelson Murders, The Atlanta Child Murders, Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story, and Indictment: The McMartin Trial, as well as the film War and Love. He also directed the 1978 NBC TV miniseries King.

Personal life

Mann was married to Myra Maislin; they had one child together, Abigail Mann. His wife had two children from a previous marriage, Adrienne Cohen Isom and Aaron Cohen, a former Israeli Special Forces operative. He died of heart failure in Beverly Hills, California on March 25, 2008, aged 80. He died one day after Richard Widmark, one of the stars of Judgment at Nuremberg.

Mann is interred in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Selected filmography

  • Port of Escape (1956)
  • Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
  • A Child Is Waiting (1963)
  • The Detective (1968)
  • The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
  • King (1978, also director)
  • The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)
  • Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992)
  • References

    Abby Mann Wikipedia