Biography

Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He was noted for his ability to work across a range of genres and an aptitude for getting the best out of actors regardless of their acting experience. Nichols began his career in the 1950s with the comedy improvisational troupe, The Compass Players, predecessor of The Second City, in Chicago. He then teamed up with his improv partner, Elaine May, to form the comedy duo Nichols and May. Their live improv acts were a hit on Broadway resulting in three albums, with their debut album winning a Grammy Award.

After Nichols and May disbanded their act in 1961, Nichols began directing plays. He soon earned a reputation as a skilled Broadway director with a flair for creating innovative productions and the ability to elicit polished performances from actors. His debut Broadway play was Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park in 1963, with Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. He next directed Luv in 1964 and in 1965 directed another Neil Simon play, The Odd Couple. Nichols received a Tony Award for each of those plays. Nearly five decades later, he won his sixth Tony Award as best director with a revival of Death of a Salesman in 2012. During his career, he directed or produced over twenty-five Broadway plays.

In 1966, Warner Brothers invited Nichols to direct his first film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The groundbreaking and acclaimed film led critics to declare Nichols the "new Orson Welles". The film garnered 13 Academy Award nominations, winning five. It was also a box office hit and became the number 1 film of 1966. His next film was The Graduate in 1967, starring then unknown actor Dustin Hoffman, alongside Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. The film was another critical and financial success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1967 and receiving seven Academy Award nominations, winning Nichols the Academy Award for Best Directing. Among the other films he directed were Catch-22 (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Silkwood (1983), Working Girl (1988), Wolf (1994), The Birdcage (1996), Closer (2004), and Charlie Wilson's War (2007).

Along with an Academy Award, Nichols won a Grammy Award (the first for a comedian born outside the United States), four Emmy Awards and nine Tony Awards. He was also a three-time BAFTA Award winner. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010. His films garnered a total of 42 Academy Award nominations and seven wins.

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Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He was noted for his ability to work across a range of genres and an aptitude for getting the best out of actors regardless of their acting experience. Nichols began his career in the 1950s with the comedy improvisational troupe, The Compass Players, predecessor of The Second City, in Chicago. He then teamed up with his improv partner, Elaine May, to form the comedy duo Nichols and May. Their live improv acts were a hit on Broadway resulting in three albums, with their debut album winning a Grammy Award.

After Nichols and May disbanded their act in 1961, Nichols began directing plays. He soon earned a reputation as a skilled Broadway director with a flair for creating innovative productions and the ability to elicit polished performances from actors. His debut Broadway play was Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park in 1963, with Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley. He next directed Luv in 1964 and in 1965 directed another Neil Simon play, The Odd Couple. Nichols received a Tony Award for each of those plays. Nearly five decades later, he won his sixth Tony Award as best director with a revival of Death of a Salesman in 2012. During his career, he directed or produced over twenty-five Broadway plays.

In 1966, Warner Brothers invited Nichols to direct his first film, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The groundbreaking and acclaimed film led critics to declare Nichols the "new Orson Welles". The film garnered 13 Academy Award nominations, winning five. It was also a box office hit and became the number 1 film of 1966. His next film was The Graduate in 1967, starring then unknown actor Dustin Hoffman, alongside Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. The film was another critical and financial success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1967 and receiving seven Academy Award nominations, winning Nichols the Academy Award for Best Directing. Among the other films he directed were Catch-22 (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Silkwood (1983), Working Girl (1988), Wolf (1994), The Birdcage (1996), Closer (2004), and Charlie Wilson's War (2007).

Along with an Academy Award, Nichols won a Grammy Award (the first for a comedian born outside the United States), four Emmy Awards and nine Tony Awards. He was also a three-time BAFTA Award winner. His other honors included the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010. His films garnered a total of 42 Academy Award nominations and seven wins.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Mike Nichols, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 51

Birthday 1931-11-06

Day of Death 2014-11-19

Place of Birth Berlin, Germany

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Directing TV ShowsMovies

2007 Charlie Wilson's War Director
2004 Closer Director
2003 Angels in America (6 episodes)Director
2001 Wit Director
2000 What Planet Are You From? Director
1998 Primary Colors Director
1996 The Birdcage Director
1994 Wolf Director
1991 Regarding Henry Director
1990 Postcards from the Edge Director
1988 Working Girl Director
1988 Biloxi Blues Director
1986 Heartburn Director
1983 Silkwood Director
1981 The Gin Game Stage Director
1980 Gilda Live Director
1975 The Fortune Director
1973 The Day of the Dolphin Director
1971 Carnal Knowledge Director
1970 Catch-22 Director
1967 The Graduate Director
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Director

Production

2014 Crescendo! The Power of Music Executive Producer
2011 Friends with Kids Executive Producer
2010 Hair Battle Spectacular (16 episodes)Producer
2008 My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad (8 episodes)Producer
2008 Ghost Hunters International (62 episodes)Producer
2006 Show Me the Money (7 episodes)Producer
2004 Closer Producer
2003 Angels in America (6 episodes)Executive Producer
2001 Wit Executive Producer
2000 What Planet Are You From? Producer
1998 Primary Colors Producer
1997 The Designated Mourner Producer
1996 The Birdcage Producer
1993 The Remains of the Day Producer
1991 Regarding Henry Producer
1986 Heartburn Producer
1986 The Longshot Executive Producer
1983 Silkwood Producer
1976 Family (86 episodes)Executive Producer
1971 Carnal Knowledge Producer

Acting

2017 Arthur Miller: Writer
2016 Becoming Mike Nichols as Himself
2015 Everything Is Copy
2012 Inventing David Geffen as Himself
2006 The Madness of Boy George
2002 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch as Interviewee
2001 Love & Loyalty: The Making of 'The Remains of the Day' as Himself
1997 The Designated Mourner as Jack
1994 Inside the Actors Studio (1 episode)
1986 Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary as Himself
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors (1 episode)
1960 The Fabulous Fifties
1959 The Big Party (13 episodes)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (3 episodes)
1956 The Steve Allen Show (2 episodes)
1953 The Academy Awards (1 episode)
1952 Omnibus (2 episodes)

Writing

2001 Wit Teleplay
1967 Bach to Bach Writer
1962 Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall Writer

Crew

2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Thanks

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