Acclaimed Director Mike Nichols Dies at 83; Multiple Award-Winning Director Was At Home On Stage and Screen; Survived By Diane Sawyer, Three Children, Four Grandchildren


Mike Nichols, one of the most celebrated directors in America, died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, Nov.

20.

He was 83.

“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime,” ABC News President James Goldston said in the statement.

“No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”

Mike Nichols, whose real name was Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky.

was born in Germany on Nov.

6, 1931.

He was the son of Brigitte and Paul Peschkowsky, a physician.

Nichols was a director of movies and theater productions and was also a writer, producer and a comedian.

He studied acting in New York with Lee Strasberg.

Nichols started performing in the 1950s with the improv troupe, the Compass Players.

Along with Elaine May, Nichols was one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May In 1968 he won the best director Oscar for the film The Graduate, which catapulted Dustin Hoffman to stardom.

Nichols also teamed Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the movie adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Mike Nichols also directed Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer and Charlie Wilson’s War.

He directed the TV mini-series Angels in America for HBO.

He also staged the original theatrical productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot.He won a Tony in 1964 for “Barefoot in the Park,” with Robert Redford and Elizabeth.  Nichols was one of an elite group of artists to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.  Nichols is survived by his wife, the newswoman Diane Sawyer, three children and four grandchildren.

ABC says a “small, private service will be held this week, and a memorial will be held later this week.”    

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