Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate, dies at 83

Honoree Mike Nichols speaks onstage during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols

 

Mike Nichols, director of Broadway Stage and Movies, dies at 83

 

Mike Nichols, died at the age of 83. Nichols won the best director Oscar for his 1967 classic The Graduate, although his cabinet also contained a Golden Globe, a Grammy, four Emmys and nine Tony awards. His career embraced comedy and drama and straddled film, TV and theatre. He began as a stand-up, and comedy would remain the base to his sensibility and sense of timing. His 1966 film directing debut, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, captured the vicious and outrageous dialogue of Albee’s play, as a couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor torment each other over deep-seated guilt and resentment, the film always made you look for a large glass of red wine. He will be missed by Broadway and Hollywood alike he has left one very bit hole to fill. Nichols died of a heart attack on November 19, 2014, at his apartment in Manhattan

 

Mikes Theatre Work

Year Stage Role Notes
1963 Barefoot in the Park Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
1964 Luv Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
1965 The Odd Couple Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
1966 The Apple Tree Director Nominated–Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical
1967 The Little Foxes Director
1968 Plaza Suite Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
1971 The Prisoner of Second Avenue Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
1973 Uncle Vanya Director Nominated–Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
1976 Streamers Director Nominated–Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play
1976 Comedians Director Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play
Nominated–Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
1977 Annie Producer Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Tony Award for Best Musical
1977 The Gin Game Director and producer Nominated–Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play
Nominated–Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
Nominated–Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
Nominated–Tony Award for Best Play
1980 Billy Bishop Goes to War Producer
1981 Fools Director
1981 Grown Ups Producer Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
1984 The Real Thing Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
Nominated–Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play
1984 Hurlyburly Director
1984 Whoopi Goldberg Director
1986 Social Security Director
1992 Death and the Maiden Director
2001 The Seagull Director
2003 The Play What I Wrote Producer Nominated–Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience
Nominated–Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event
2004 Whoopi Producer Nominated–Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event
2005 Spamalot Director Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical
Nominated–Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical
2008 The Country Girl Director
2012 Death of a Salesman Director Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play
Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
2013 Betrayal Director

 

Films

 

Year Film Academy Award
Nominations
Academy
Awards
Golden Globe
Nominations
Golden Globe
Awards
1966 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 13 5 7 0
1967 The Graduate 7 1 7 4
1968 Teach Me!
1970 Catch-22
1971 Carnal Knowledge 1 0 3 1
1973 The Day of the Dolphin 2 0 1 0
1975 The Fortune 1 0
1980 Gilda Live
1983 Silkwood 5 0 5 1
1986 Heartburn
1988 Biloxi Blues
Working Girl 6 1 6 4
1990 Postcards from the Edge 2 0 3 0
1991 Regarding Henry
1994 Wolf
1996 The Birdcage 1 0 2 0
1998 Primary Colors 2 0 2 0
2000 What Planet Are You From?
2001 Wit (TV) n/a n/a 2 0
2003 Angels in America (TV) n/a n/a 7 5
2004 Closer 2 0 5 2
2007 Charlie Wilson’s War 1 0 5 0

 

 

 

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Leslie Caron presents Mike Nichols with his Oscar. Photograph: Bettmann/Corbis

 

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