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Getting his start as a director of TV commercials in the mid-1960s, Michael Mann brought his rapid-paced, fragmented-image technique to series TV when he began writing for dramas such as "Starsky and Hutch" in the '70s -- a style that reached its zenith in the wildly popular cop show "Miami Vice," which he produced.

During this period, Mann (born Feb. 5, 1943, in Chicago) was also trying his hand at feature films, finding success with early outings such as 1981's Thief and, surprisingly, The Last of the Mohicans (1992), which proved he could meld his visual magic with energetic storytelling. Any skepticism on Hollywood's part would vanish with Mann's next two films: 1995's Heat (with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro) and the multiple Oscar-nominated The Insider (1999).

More recent films for Mann include the Will Smith-starred biopic Ali and 2004's Collateral (with Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx).

Michael Mann in Collateral

Collateral

2004 R

Cab driver Max picks up Vincent, a man who offers him $600 to drive him around Los Angeles. But the promise of easy money sours when Max realizes Vincent is an assassin. It's now up to Max, who has been taken hostage, to keep Vincent's targets alive.

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