Daniel Chugerman (August 8, 1912 – November 21, 1991), known professionally as Daniel Mann, was an American stage, film and television director.

Daniel Mann
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Daniel Chugerman

(1912-08-08)August 8, 1912
DiedNovember 21, 1991(1991-11-21) (aged 79)
Spouse(s)Mary Kathleen Williams (1948[1] -?; divorced)
Sherry Presnell (divorced)

Originally trained as an actor by Sanford Meisner, between 1952 and 1987 he directed over 31 feature films and made-for-television. Considered a true "actor's director", he helmed seven Oscar-nominated and two Tony Award-winning performances, collaborating with actors like Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Susan Hayward, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Dean Martin and Anthony Quinn.

He was nominated for several accolades, including two Palme d'Or, three Directors Guild of America Awards and a Golden Bear.


Mann was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Helen and Samuel Chugerman, a lawyer.[1] He was a stage actor since childhood and attended Erasmus Hall High School, New York's Professional Children's School and the Neighborhood Playhouse.[2] He entered films in 1952 as a director and is known for his excellent ear for dialogue. Most of Mann's films were adaptations from the stage (Come Back Little Sheba, The Rose Tattoo, The Teahouse of the August Moon, Hot Spell) and literature (Butterfield 8, The Last Angry Man).

Mann died of heart failure in Los Angeles, California, in November 1991. He is buried in the Jewish Cemetery Hillside Memorial Park. He had three children with his wife, actress Mary Kathleen Williams: Michael Mann, Erica Mann Ramis and Alex Mann.[3] His daughter is the widow of director Harold Ramis.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b "Daniel Mann Biography (1912-1991)".
  2. ^ Honan, William H. "Daniel Mann, 79, the Director Of Successful Plays and Films", The New York Times, November 23, 1991. Accessed December 13, 2007. "Mr. Mann was born in Brooklyn, the youngest of five children of a lawyer named Samuel Chugermann. He attended Erasmus Hall High School, but quit after an argument with a physics teacher and completed his education at the Children's Professional School."
  3. ^ Los Angeles Times: "Catherine Mann, widow of director Daniel Mann, mother- in law of Harold Ramis" May 12, 2006
  4. ^ Caro, Mark. "Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Daniel Mann, 79, the Director Of Successful Plays and Films". The New York Times. November 23, 1991.

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