James Mangold (New York City, 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.
He is the son of artists Robert Mangold and Sylvia Plimack Mangold.
After graduating from Washingtonville High School, Mangold was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts 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 Miloš Forman and developed both Heavy and Cop Land.
Working consistently as a feature writer and director since 1995, when his