Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

writer, producer, director

Joseph L. Mankiewicz was born on Feb 11, 1909 in USA. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's big-screen debut came with The Dummy directed by Robert Milton in 1929. Joseph L. Mankiewicz is known for Guys and Dolls directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Marlon Brando stars as Sky Masterson and Jean Simmons as Sarah Brown. Joseph L. Mankiewicz has got 21 awards and 27 nominations so far. The most recent award Joseph L. Mankiewicz achieved is Online Film & Television Association. The upcoming new movie Joseph L. Mankiewicz plays is A Letter to Three Wives which will be released on Dec 16, 1985.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood, most of them Jack Oakie vehicles. Still in his 20s, he produced first-class MGM films, including Indiscrétions (1940). Having left Metro after a dispute with studio chief Louis B. Mayer over Judy Garland, he then worked for Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century-Fox, producing Les clés du royaume (1944), when Ernst Lubitsch's illness first brought him to the director's chair for Le château du dragon (1946). Mankiewicz directed 20 films in a 26-year period, successfully attempted every kind of movie from Shakespeare adaptation to western, from urban sociological drama to musical, from epic film with thousands of extras to a two-character picture. Chaînes conjugales (1949) and Ève... (1950) brought him wide recognition along with two Academy Awards for each as a writer and a director, seven years after his elder brother Herman J. Mankiewicz won Best Screenplay for Citizen Kane (1941). His more intimate films like L'aventure de Madame Muir (1947), La comtesse aux pieds nus (1954)--his only original screenplay--and Guêpier pour trois abeilles (1967) are major artistic achievements as well, showing Mankiewicz as a witty dialoguist, a master in the use of flashback and a talented actors' director (he favored English actors and had in Rex Harrison a kind of alter-ego on the screen).

  • Birthday

    Feb 11, 1909
  • Place of Birth

    Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Known For


21 wins & 27 nominations

Online Film & Television Association
Winner - OFTA Film Hall of Fame
San Francisco International Film Festival
Winner - Akira Kurosawa Award
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