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Mike Nichols

Film Director, Theater Director, Film Producer
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Net worth 2018: $16 Million
Residence: Berlin, Germany
Country: United States
BirthDay: 6 November 1931
Died On: November 19, 2014

Mike Nichols was bornon 6 November 1931 in Berlin, Germany, American, is Film Director, Theater Director, Film Producer. Mike Nichols was a distinguished German-American theatre and film personality. Born in Germany and immigrated to the US as a kid, he started his career in the 1950s with an improvisational cabaret revue ‘The Compass Players’ and later formed improvisational comedy duo ‘Nichols and May’ with Elaine May. The comedy duo won ‘Grammy Award’ for Best Comedy Album and with this Nichols became the first non-American comedian to win a Grammy. Three of their comedy albums were charted in the Billboard Top 40. Following disbandment of the duo, Nichols focussed into directing plays and in no time earned name as a master in his work extracting the best out of his performers, whether seasoned or new. Starting with Neil Simon's ‘Barefoot in the Park’, throughout his career he directed over 25 ‘Broadway’ plays of which many were produced by him. His debut in film direction happened with Warner Brothers’ ‘Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ Over the years he delivered several spectacular and commercially successful films marked with versatility and insight. Some notable ones were ‘The Graduate’ that earned him his sole ‘Academy Award’ as Best Director; ‘Silkwood’; ‘Working Girl’; ‘Carnal Knowledge’; ‘The Day of the Dolphin’; ‘Closer’; and ‘The Birdcage’. His films fetched 42 ‘Oscar’ nominations and bagged seven of them. He remains one of the two persons to have earned a ‘PEGOT’ that is winning ‘Peabody Awards’, ‘Emmy Awards’ (Four), ‘Grammy Award’, ‘Oscar’ and ‘Tony Award’ (nine). He also won three ‘BAFTA’ awards. He was honored with ‘National Medal of Arts’ in 2001 and ‘AFI Life Achievement Award’ in 2010 among other honors.


On November 19, 2014, he succumbed to heart attack in his home in Manhattan


He finally married Diane Sawyer on April 29, 1988, and the two remain married till his death


His third marriage was with Annabel Davis-Goff (1975-1986) with whom he had two children, Max (born in 1974) and Jenny (born in 1977)


His other remarkable big-screen spectacles included ‘Catch-22’ (1970), ‘The Day of the Dolphin’ (1973), ‘Silkwood’ (1983), ‘Working Girl’ (1988), ‘Primary Colors’ (1998) and ‘Closer’ (2004)


He was a well-known horse breeder who had a lasting interest in Arabian horses and owned a farm in Connecticut from 1968 to 2004


It became the highest grosser of 1967 and at present charts at number 22 on the all-time list of highest-grossing films in the US and Canada


An adaptation of a play by Edward Albee bearing same title and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, this groundbreaking film became a smashing hit garnering huge commercial success and critical acclaim thus emerging the numero uno film of 1966


Over the next almost five decades a series of outstanding and successful plays were directed by him including ‘Luv’ (1964), ‘The Odd Couple’ (1965), ‘Plaza Suite’ (1968), ‘The Prisoner of Second Avenue’ (1971), ‘Annie’ (1977), ‘The Real Thing’ (1984) and ‘Spamalot’ (2005) among many others


This ‘Broadway’ play that premiered at ‘Biltmore Theatre’ on October 23, 1963, and ran for 1,530 performances before closing on June 25, 1967 marked the longest-running hit play of Simon as also remained the 10th longest running non-musical play in the history of ‘Broadway’


This successful comedy duo split-up in 1961, however reconciled later that saw them working together on many occasions including May scripting for a couple of films of Nichols that included ‘The Birdcage’ (1996) and ‘Primary Colors’ (1998)


‘An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May’, a Broadway show directed by Arthur Penn was premiered in 1960, the LP album of which earned ‘Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album’ in 1962


In 1958 he and May set up their own comedy duo naming it ‘Nichols and May’ and beginning with New York City the duo gave live satirical comedy act performances that soon gained popularity


He first got married to Patricia Scott (1957- 1960) with whom he had a daughter Daisy (born in 1964)


Having difficulty in finding stage work in New York City, he returned to Chicago and accepted an invitation to join ‘Compass Players’ in 1955, members of which included Paul Sills, Del Close, Shelley Berman, Elaine May and Barbara Harris


In 1953 he started working as an announcer with classical music station WFMT, 98


In 1950 he enrolled at the ‘University of Chicago’ for a pre-medicine program and simultaneously did several odd jobs including working as truck driver, hotel desk clerk, busboy and janitor to support himself


His mother got reunited with the family later in 1940


On April 28, 1939, his family relocated to New York City where his father set up medical practice and soon became a successful medical practitioner in Manhattan


He was born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky on November 6, 1931, in Berlin, Germany, to Pavel Peschkowsky and Brigitte (née Landauer)

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