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James Allen Mangold (born 16 December 1963) is an American film director and screenwriter. He is perhaps best known for Walk the Line which he co-wrote and directed.

Life and career

Mangold was born in New York City, New York, the son of artists Robert Mangold and Sylvia Plimack Mangold. After graduating from Washingtonville High Schoolmarker, Mangold was accepted into the California Institute of the Artsmarker film/video program. While there, he mentored under Alexander Mackendrick. During his third year, Mackendrick suggested Mangold study at CalArts School of Theater as an actor alongside with his regular film studies. One of his classmates was Don Cheadle.

Based on the response to his short films, in 1985 Mangold got a fast start as a graduate out of CalArts, securing a writer/director deal (at age 21) at Disney. Mangold grew disillusioned at the studio. He wrote a television movie and the animated feature "Oliver and Company". A few years later, Mangold decided to re-establish himself in New York and applied to Columbia University's film school, where he graduated with an MFA in film. While there, he studied under MiloŇ° Forman and developed both Heavy and Cop Land.

Working consistently as a feature writer and director since 1995, when his first feature, the independent film Heavy, won the best directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Mangold subsequently wrote and directed Cop Land starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; Girl, Interrupted, which won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999 for Angelina Jolie; Kate and Leopold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman for which Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor in a musical or comedy in 2001, and the 2003 thriller Identity which starred John Cusack.

In 2005 he co-wrote and directed Walk the Line, a film about the young life of singer-songwriter Johnny Cash and his relationship with June Carter Cash. It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and was released on November 18 2005. It was nominated for five Oscars and Witherspoon won Best Actress for her performance as June Carter Cash. His most recent film, 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, was released September 8, 2007, and has received wide citical acclaim.

During the filming and production of Cop Land, Mangold met his partner and wife, producer, Cathy Konrad.

Mangold also appeared as an actor in The Sweetest Thing as a doctor and love interest to Christina Applegate as well as in his own Kate and Leopold playing a movie director.

Filmography (director)

Year Title No. of Oscar nominations No. of Oscar wins
1995 Heavy
1997 Cop Land
1999 Girl, Interrupted 1 1
2001 Kate & Leopold 1
2003 Identity
2005 Walk the Line 5 1
2007 3:10 to Yuma 2
2010 Knight & Day [formerly Wichita]


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