Michael Kanin was an American director, producer, playwright and screenwriter who shared an Academy Award with Ring Lardner Jr. in 1942 for writing the Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy film comedy Woman of the Year.
Born in Rochester, New York, his first job was writing and acting in Catskills resort shows with his brother Garson Kanin. In 1939 he was signed to a screenwriting contract at RKO. He married RKO co-worker Fay Kanin in 1940 and collaborated with her on many projects, notably The Outrage. Together, they received an Academy Award nomination for Teacher's Pet.