Mostly Credited As: Robert Mandel
Birth Name: Robert Mandel
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Oakland, California
Robert Mandel is an American film and television director, and was born in Oakland, California. Mandel grew up in Queens, New York, eventually graduating from the prestigious AFI Conservatory. His thesis film, 'Night at O'Rears,' earned him the coveted Alfred Hitchcock Award. Mandel started off directing 'After School Specials,' before helming the theatrical films 'Independence Day' (no, not that one), 'F/X,' and 'Big Shots.' In 1991, Mandel directed the well-remembered TV horror movie 'The Haunted,' starring Sally Kirkland.
He is probably best known as a film director for his 1992 effort 'School Ties,' which featured future stars like Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck in early roles. In 1996, Mandel directed the cult favorite Tom Berenger film 'The Substitute.' Mandel's highest profile TV series gig was directing the critically acclaimed pilot for the 90's phenomenon 'The X-Files.' In the years since, Robert has directed episodes of hits like 'The Practice,' 'Nash Bridges,' 'Lost,' and 'Prison Break.' Today, Mandel is the Dean of the AFI Conservatory, making him the first alumnus ever to be elected to the post.