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Nationality CanadaBirth 2 december 1913
at Toronto (Canada
)Death 24 september 1985
(at 71 years) at Bronxville (USA
Paul Mann (December 2, 1913 - September 24, 1985) was a Canadian film and theater actor, as well as founder of the Paul Mann Actor's Workshop. His brother is Larry D. Mann, who voiced the prospector Yukon Cornelius in the 1964 Rankin/Bass animated special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Mann was influential in developing the concept of Method acting in America. While many other Method advocates (including Lee Strasberg) shared their knowledge at the prestigious Actors Studio, Mann taught his own classes at his Actor's Workshop, founded in 1953. Along with Lloyd Richards (a fellow Toronto native and chief assistant director of the school), Mann also managed to create a comfortable atmosphere for actors of all races. Alumni of his school include Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Al Lewis and Vic Morrow.
Mann's own acting career was based primarily in theatre, beginning when he was sixteen. His onscreen appearances were limited to an episode of the 1950s television serial Danger and two feature film roles. The first was that of merchant Aleko Sinnikoglou in America, America (1963) (directed by his friend Elia Kazan) and the last was the village butcher Lazar Wolf in the screen adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof (1971). He received Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe nominations for both roles.