Tom Mankiewicz came from a distinguished film family; his father, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, was a renowned director (All About Eve) and his uncle, Herman Mankiewicz, was also a highly respected screenwriter (Citizen Kane). Following studies at the Exeter Academy and Yale, Mankiewicz worked as a production associate on a 1964 film, The Best Man. A few years later, he became a screenwriter. In the early '80s, he directed some episodes of the television series Hart to Hart, and in 1987 he directed his first feature film, Dragnet. Mankiewicz also worked as a script consultant on a few James Bond films and on two of the Superman films. He died of cancer in late July 2010, at age 68.