Don Mankiewicz


Don Mankiewicz
Don Martin Mankiewicz

(1922-01-20)January 20, 1922[1]
Berlin, Germany
DiedApril 25, 2015(2015-04-25) (aged 93)[2][3][4][5]
EducationColumbia University
Years active1953–1977
Known forTrial (Novel)
Parent(s)Sara (née Aaronson)
Herman J. Mankiewicz[1]

Don Martin Mankiewicz (January 20, 1922 – April 25, 2015)[1][2][3][4][5] was an American screenwriter and novelist best known for his novel, Trial.

Early life

Born in Berlin, Germany, he was the son of Sara (née Aaronson) and the screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and brother of journalist Frank Mankiewicz. He graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University in 1942.


His 1955 novel Trial won the Harper Prize and was made into a film of the same name.[6] He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for I Want to Live! (1958).[2] Among his many television credits are Ironside, for which he wrote the pilot, the Star Trek episode "Court Martial",[2] and the mini-series adaptation of President John F. Kennedy's book, Profiles in Courage.

Personal life

Mankiewicz married Ilene Korsen on March 26, 1946 and divorced her in 1972.[1] He married Carol Bell Guidi on July 1, 1972.[1] Mankiewicz had 2 children with Ilene (Jane and John).[1] He had two children with Carol (Jan and Sandy).[1] His son is a screenwriter and producer, John Mankiewicz. Jane is a fiction writer published in the New Yorker.


Mankiewicz died on April 25, 2015 at his home in Monrovia, California at the age of 93 of congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 40 years and his 4 children.[2][3][4][5]


  • See How They Run (1951)
  • Trial (1955)
  • It Only Hurts a Minute (1966)



Year Film Credit Notes
1953 Fast Company Adaption By
1954 The Big Moment Written By
1955 Trial Written By Based on the novel of the same name
1957 House Of Numbers Screenplay By Co-Wrote screenplay with Russell Rouse, Based on the novel House Of Numbers by Jack Finney
1958 Le imprese di una spada leggendaria Screenplay By
I Want to Live! Screenplay By Co-Wrote screenplay with Nelson Gidding
1962 The Chapman Report Screenplay By Co-Wrote screenplay with Wyatt Emory Cooper, Gene Allen, and Grant Stuart, Based on the novel The Chapman Report by Irving Wallace
1965 Who Has Seen the Wind? Screenplay By Based on the novel The Land Bird By Tad Mosel
1967 A Man Called Ironside Screenplay By Co-Wrote screenplay with Collier Young, TV Pilot for "Ironside"
1968 Split Second to an Epitaph Screenplay By Co-Wrote screenplay with Sy Salkowitz
1973 The Bait Screenplay By Co-Wrote screenplay with Gordon Colter, Based on the novel "The Bait" by Dorothy Uhnak
1975 The Black Bird Story By Co-Wrote Story with Gordon Colter
1979 Sanctuary of Fear Screenplay By, Supervising Producer
1983 I Want To Live Screenplay By Remake of the 1958 Film of The Same Name


Year TV Series Credit Notes
1950-53 Studio One in Hollywood Writer 2 Episodes
1951 Schlitz Playhouse Writer 1 Episode
1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase Writer 1 Episode
1955 TV Reader's Digest Writer 1 Episode
Lux Video Theatre Writer 1 Episode
The Joseph Cotten Show Writer 1 Episode
Star Stage Writer 2 Episodes
1956 The Ford Television Theater Writer 1 Episode
1957 Playhouse 90 Writer 1 Episode
1958 Kraft Television Theatre Writer 2 Episodes
1959 Armchair Theatre Writer 1 Episode
1959-61 One Step Beyond Writer 6 Episodes
1961 Bus Stop Writer 1 Episode
1961-63 Armstrong Circle Theatre Writer 4 Episodes
1962 The DuPont Show of the Week Writer 1 Episode
General Electric Theater Writer 1 Episode
1964-65 Profiles in Courage Writer 6 Episodes
1966 Hawk Writer 2 Episodes
The Trials of O'Brien Writer 1 Episode
1967 Star Trek: The Original Series Writer 1 Episode
1967-68 Ironside Writer 5 Episodes
1969 Mannix Writer 1 Episode
1969-70 Marcus Welby, M.D. Writer 2 Episodes
1971 Sarge Writer 1 Episode
1973-77 McMillan & Wife Writer 3 Episodes
1976-77 Lanigan's Rabbi Writer, Supervising Producer 2 Episodes
1977 Rosetti and Ryan Writer 2 Episodes
1982-83 Hart to Hart Executive Script Consultant 14 Episodes
1983 Simon & Simon Writer, Executive Story Consultant
Murder Ink Writer Television Movie
1985 Crazy Like a Fox Executive Story Consultant 4 Episodes
1986 MacGyver Writer 1 Episode
1987 Adderly Executive Story Consultant 1 Episode
1995 The Marshal Writer 1 Episode

See also

Mankiewicz family


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Don Mankiewicz". Film Reference. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Don Mankiewicz dead;screenwriter 'Star Trek' episode dies". Variety. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Chawkins, Steven (April 26, 2015). "Don Mankiewicz dies at 93; novelist and Oscar-nominated screenwriter". LA Times. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Acclaimed screenwriter Don Mankiewicz dies". USA Today. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Barnes, Mike (April 27, 2015). "Don Mankiewicz, Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter for 'I Want to Live!,' Dies at 93". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  6. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

External links

  • Don Mankiewicz at IMDb
  • Don M. Mankiewicz at Memory Alpha
  • Obituary