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Mike Nichols was a German-born American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He began his career in the 1950s with the improv troupe The Compass Players, predecessor of the Second City in Chicago, and as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May, along w... Wikipedia

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Mike Nichols information

Birth date: November 6, 1931, Berlin, Germany
Death date: November 19, 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Birth place: Berlin
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Profession:Film director, Film Producer, Theatre Director, Actor, Comedian, Writer
Education:University of Chicago
Nationality:Germany
Spouse:Diane Sawyer (m. 1988–2014)
Children:Max Nichols, Jenny Nichols, Daisy Nichols
Parents:Brigitte Peschkowsky, Paul Peschkowsky
Siblings:Robert Nichols
Awards:AFI Life Achievement Award, Academy Award for Best Director, Tony Award for Best Musical, Kennedy Center Honors, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical, BAFTA Award for Best Film, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Play, National Medal of Arts, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Producers Guild of America Award - David L. Wolper Producer of the Year Award in Long-Form Television, DGA Lifetime Achievement Award, DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television Film/Miniseries, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, PGA Visionary Vanguard Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Other Awards, New York Drama Critics' Circle Special Citation
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Picture, Tony Award for Best Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special, Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Director of a Play
Movies:The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Silkwood, Carnal Knowledge, Primary Colors, Charlie Wilson's War, Catch-22, Postcards from the Edge, Wit, Regarding Henry, Closer, The Day of the Dolphin, Biloxi Blues, What Planet Are You From?, The Fortune, Gilda Live, Heartburn, The Remains of the Day, Wolf, The Designated Mourner, The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, Bread Crumbs, Teach Me!, Bach to Bach
TV shows:The Big Party

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Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie Wilson's War2007
Closer2004/I
Angels in America2003TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Wit2001TV Movie
What Planet Are You From?2000
Primary Colors1998
The Birdcage1996
Wolf1994
Regarding Henry1991
Postcards from the Edge1990
Working Girl1988
Biloxi Blues1988
Heartburn1986
Silkwood1983
Gilda Live1980Documentary
The Fortune1975
The Day of the Dolphin1973
Carnal Knowledge1971
Catch-221970
Teach Me!1968Short
The Graduate1967
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?1966

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crescendo! The Power of Music2014Documentary executive producer
Friends with Kids2011executive producer
Closer2004/Iproducer
Angels in America2003TV Mini-Series executive producer - 5 episodes
Wit2001TV Movie executive producer
What Planet Are You From?2000producer
Primary Colors1998producer
The Designated Mourner1997producer
The Birdcage1996producer
The Remains of the Day1993producer
Regarding Henry1991producer
Postcards from the Edge1990producer
Heartburn1986producer
The Longshot1986executive producer
Silkwood1983producer
The 'Annie' Christmas Show1977TV Movie executive producer
Family1976TV Series executive producer
The Fortune1975producer
Carnal Knowledge1971producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whoopi: Back to Broadway - The 20th Anniversary2005TV Special documentary original stage production director / original stage production producer
Capturing the Friedmans2003Documentary particularly good advice
Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway1985TV Special documentary original stage director / original stage producer
Annie1982originally presented on the New York Stage by
The Gin Game1981TV Movie director: stage production
Plaza Suite1971adapted from the Broadway play directed by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Instant Dread1998ShortProtester
The Designated Mourner1997Jack
Bach to Bach1967ShortMan
Playhouse 901960TV SeriesArthur Millman
The DuPont Show of the Month1958TV SeriesRod Carter
Omnibus1958TV Series

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wit2001TV Movie teleplay
Bach to Bach1967Short
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall1962TV Special documentary writer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2007TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall1962TV Special documentary writer: "No Mozart Tonight", "You're So London", "From Switzerland: The Pratt Family

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fantastic Mr. Fox2009special thanks
The Graduates2008/Igrateful acknowledgment
Solaris2002special thanks
Annie1999TV Movie acknowledgment: originally presented on the New York stage by
The Pallbearer1996special thanks
The Private Eyethe producers wish to thank announced
Mad Men2015TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst2015TV Mini-Series documentary special thanks - 3 episodes
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store2015TV Special dedicatee / special thanks
Welcome to the Basement2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Two Night Stand2014the producers wish to thank
Rampart2011special thanks
All Good Things2010very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
SillsDocumentary post-productionHimself
Becoming Mike Nichols2016DocumentaryHimself
Everything Is Copy2015DocumentaryHimself
Fatherhood2014TV Series documentary shortHimself
American Masters1995-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Direction of a Play
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2011TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Charlie Rose1998-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols2010TV MovieHimself
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.2010TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty2008TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Charlie Wilson's War'2008Video shortHimself
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute2007TV MovieHimself
The South Bank Show2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank?2006TV MovieHimself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner2006DocumentaryHimself
The Mark Twain Prize: Steve Martin2005TV Special documentary
The 59th Annual Tony Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Direction of a Musical
2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards2005VideoHimself - Sam Mendes Tribute
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award & Nominee: Best Director
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch2004TV SpecialMike Nichols - Interviewee
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Miniseries
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep2004TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts2003TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Harrison Ford2000TV MovieHimself
The Annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Honors Mike Nichols1999TV MovieHimself - Honoree
Inside the Actors Studio1996TV SeriesHimself
Who Makes You Laugh?1995TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson1994TV SpecialHimself
The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Barbara Walters1994TV MovieHimself
Love and Loyalty: The Making of 'The Remains of the Day'1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
In the Life1992TV Series documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1991TV SpecialHimself
Great Performances1988TV SeriesHimself
The 3th Annual Mr. Abbot Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary1986TV SpecialHimself
The 39th Annual Tony Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play
The 38th Annual Tony Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Direction of a Play
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Play & Best Direction of a Play
The 31st Annual Tony Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Musical & Nominee: Best Direction of a Play
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala1977TV MovieHimself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHimself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHimself - Commenting on New Freedom and Trends in Film: Pre-Recorded
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV SpecialHimself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Director
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Director & Accepting Best Supporting Actress Award for Sandy Dennis
Today1966TV SeriesHimself
The 20th Annual Tony Awards1966TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Jack Paar Program1964-1965TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
That Was the Week That Was1964TV SeriesHimself
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute1962TV MovieHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1961TV SeriesHimself
Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHimself
What's My Line?1960TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Jack Paar Presents1960TV MovieHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959-1960TV SeriesHimself
The Big Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself
Laugh Line1959TV SeriesHimself
The 11th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Accent on Love1959TV MovieHimself - Comedian
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself - Comedian

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Welcome to the Basement2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Director, Producer (In Memoriam)
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
CNN Newsroom2014TV SeriesHimself
Extra2014TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryHimself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America2009TV Series documentary
Inside the Actors Studio2003TV SeriesHimself
The Fifties1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (in Nichols & May sketch) (uncredited)
American Masters1996-1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television1996TV Special documentaryHimself
The Great Standups1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Beatlemania1981Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016OFTA Film Hall of FameOnline Film & Television AssociationCreative
2010Life Achievement AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Other)
2007Golden Apple AwardCasting Society of America, USA
2005Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest DirectorCloser (2004)
2005PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Long-Form TelevisionAngels in America (2003)· Cary Brokaw
· Celia D. Costas
· Michael Haley
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialAngels in America (2003)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding MiniseriesAngels in America (2003)· Cary Brokaw (executive producer)
· Michael Haley (co-executive producer)
· Celia D. Costas (producer)
2004DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for TelevisionAngels in America (2003)· Jan Foster (unit production manager plaque)
· Patricia Anne Doherty (unit production manager plaque)
· Michael Haley (first assistant director plaque)
· Amy Lauritsen (second assistant director plaque)
· Jennifer Truelove (second second assistant director plaque)
· Nate Grubb (DGA trainee plaque)
· Peter Koob (DGA trainee plaque)
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardDirectors Guild of America, USA
2004Visionary AwardPGA AwardsAngels in America (2003)· Cary Brokaw
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAngels in America (2003)
2002Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsTelevision & CableWit (2001)· Emma Thompson (writer)
· Simon Bosanquet (producer)
· Julie Lynn (co-producer)
· Charles F. Ryan (co-producer)
· Michael Haley (co-producer)
· Cary Brokaw (executive producer)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialWit (2001)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Made for Television MovieWit (2001)· Cary Brokaw (executive producer)
· Simon Bosanquet (producer)
2001Special Prize of the Ecumenical JuryBerlin International Film FestivalCompetitionWit (2001)
2001Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize90 Minute or Longer Cable CategoryWit (2001)· Emma Thompson
2000Career TributeUS Comedy Arts Festival· Elaine May
1999Gala TributeFilm Society of Lincoln Center
1994Creative Achievement AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsBest Director
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDirector
1969BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest DirectionThe Graduate (1967)
1969BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmThe Graduate (1967)
1968OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorThe Graduate (1967)
1968Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorThe Graduate (1967)
1968DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesThe Graduate (1967)· Don Kranze (assistant director plaque)
· Lynn Guthrie (assistant director plaque)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film from any SourceWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest DirectorThe Graduate (1967)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLife Achievement (Other)
2008Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest DirectorCharlie Wilson's War (2007)
2007SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest DirectorCharlie Wilson's War (2007)
2005Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureCloser (2004)
2005Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsMotion PictureCloser (2004)· Cary Brokaw
· John Calley
2005Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsDirectorCloser (2004)
2005OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CastingCloser (2004)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a MovieWit (2001)· Emma Thompson (writer)
2001Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalWit (2001)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Direction of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesWit (2001)
2001Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalWit (2001)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical PicturePrimary Colors (1998)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical PictureThe Birdcage (1996)
1996Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders)Awards Circuit Community AwardsHonorable MentionsThe Birdcage (1996)
1994OscarAcademy Awards, USABest PictureThe Remains of the Day (1993)· John Calley
· Ismail Merchant
1994BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest FilmThe Remains of the Day (1993)· Ismail Merchant
· John Calley
· James Ivory
1994PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion PicturesThe Remains of the Day (1993)· John Calley
· Ismail Merchant
1989OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorWorking Girl (1988)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureWorking Girl (1988)
1989DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesWorking Girl (1988)
1984OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorSilkwood (1983)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureSilkwood (1983)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesFamily (1976)· Aaron Spelling (executive producer)
· Leonard Goldberg (executive producer)
· Nigel McKeand (producer)
1967OscarAcademy Awards, USABest DirectorWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest DirectorWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDirector

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsDirector

TitleSalary
Regarding Henry (1991)$3,000,000
Catch-22 (1970)$1,000,000
Teach Me! (1968)$1,000,000 + 10% of profits
The Graduate (1967)$150,000 + 17% of profits
The Graduate (1967)$500,000
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)$400,000
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)$250,000

#Fact
1He was nominated for a 1978 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Director of a Play for "The Gin Game" on Broadway in New York City.
2He was nominated for a 1977 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Director of a Play for "Streamers" on Broadway in New York City.
3His favorite films included George Stevens's "A Place In The Sun", Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" and Federico Fellini's "8 1/2".
4In an interview conducted shortly before his death, he admitted that he considered his adaptation of Angels in America (2003) to be the crowning achievement of his career.
5He considered Diane Sawyer to be the love of his life.
6Six of his nine Tony Awards were for Best Direction of a Play, a record. He won for "Barefoot in the Park" (1964); "Luv and The Odd Couple" (1965); "Plaza Suite" (1968); "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (1972); "The Real Thing" (1984); and "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman" (2012). He also won once for Best Direction of a Musical, "Monty Python's Spamalot" (2005); and twice for producing, "Annie" (1977) and "The Real Thing" (1984). He was also nominated seven additional times for Direction of a Play or Direction of a Musical: musical "The Apple Tree" (1967); "Uncle Vanya" (1974); "Comedians" (1977); "Streamers" (1977); "The Gin Game" (1978, also as producer); and further as producer of "The Play What I Wrote" (2003) and "Whoopi, The 20th Anniversary Show (2005, Special Theatrical Events).
7Was told as a child that he was a cousin of Albert Einstein, and although he never quite believed it, he repeated it to friends as he was growing up. While doing Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) he found out that it was true. They would have been 3rd or 4th cousins several times removed.
8Won a Tony Award for directing. [June 2005]
9Director of hit Broadway musical 'Monty Python's Spamalot' ("lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).") [February 2005]
10Like Steve Martin, Paul Simon, and Lorne Michaels, Nichols has had his portrait painted by Eric Fischl.
11Won more Tony Awards for Best Direction of a Play than any other individual. His won for "Barefoot in the Park" (1964); "Luv and The Odd Couple" (1965); "Plaza Suite" (1968); "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (1972); "The Real Thing" (1984); and "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman" (2012). He also won best direction of a musical for "Monty Python's Spamalot" (2005); and as producer for "Annie" (1977) and "The Real Thing" (1984).
12While paying tribute to Nichols during his 2003 Kennedy Center Honors, Meryl Streep and Candace Bergen read Nichols' "Five Rules for Filmmaking": 1: The careful application of terror is an important form of communication. 2: Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for. 3: There's absolutely no substitute for genuine lack of preparation. 4: If you think there's good in everybody, you haven't met everybody. 5: Friends may come and go, but enemies will certainly become studio heads.
13Recipient of the Producers Guild of America's Visionary Award.
14Was at one point going to direct The Public Eye (1972). See the trivia page for the film for more information.
15Is a member of the Democratic Party.
16Mike Nichols was the original choice to direct the 1976 film The Last Tycoon (1976). He left the project because of creative differences with actor Robert De Niro.
17Through the television series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010), he learned that he was a distant relative of actor Meryl Streep. A few years later on a different Gates show, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012), he also found out that he was related to Albert Einstein.
18He is one of 9 directors to have won the Golden Globe, Director's Guild, BAFTA, and Oscar for the same movie, all for The Graduate (1967). The other directors to have achieved this are Milos Forman for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Richard Attenborough for Gandhi (1982), Oliver Stone for Platoon (1986), Steven Spielberg for Schindler's List (1993), Ang Lee for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (2013), and Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant (2015).
19In April 2009, Nichols told The New York Times that when he came to the U.S. from Germany (in 1939, at age 7), he could speak only two English sentences, which were, "I do not speak English" and "Please, do not kiss me.".
20Was the last person to have won a best director Oscar prior to 1972 still living as of January 2009.
21Recovering from heart bypass surgery in New York hospital [July 17, 2008].
22When he won his Oscar as Best Director for The Graduate (1967), the statuette was presented to him by actress Leslie Caron.
23Son, Max Nichols, is married to ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols.
24Teaches occasionally at The New Actor's Workship in New York City.
25Formed a comedy team with Elaine May, appearing in nightclubs, on radio and television and most notably at President Jimmy Carter's inauguration gala.
26Became a naturalized US citizen in 1944.
27Attended the University of Chicago where he became close friends with fellow student Susan Sontag (then Susan Rosenblatt).
28Was interested in directing First Blood (1982) with Dustin Hoffman as John Rambo.
29Two of his films are on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All time. They are Working Girl (1988) at #87 and Silkwood (1983) at #66.
30He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2001 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
31Received the first straight $1,000,000 director's salary for Catch-22 (1970). When percentages were figured in, Nichols was the first director to earn $1,000,000, combination salary and percentage of net or gross, from a single film, for The Graduate (1967).
32From the early 1960s until his death, he was a well-known figure among Arabian Horse fans - as a breeder of over 400 registered Arabians, including owning and breeding many US National Champion horses.
33Father of Daisy Nichols (born in 1964), Max Nichols (born in 1974) and Jenny Nichols (born in 1977).
34Worked at the Howard Johnson's restaurant in New York's Times Square when he was 17 years old.
35According to Jack Nicholson's April 1972 Playboy Magazine interview, Nichols asked Nicholson and other cast members not to smoke marijuana while filming Carnal Knowledge (1971) on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, where cannabis was easily available. Nichols thought that it dulled an actor's performance.
36Directed 17 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances:Elizabeth Taylor, Sandy Dennis,Richard Burton, George Segal,Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft,Katharine Ross, Ann-Margret, Meryl Streep,Cher, Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver,Joan Cusack, Kathy Bates, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Taylor and Dennis won Oscars for their performances in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
37Directed Postcards from the Edge (1990), which was written by Carrie Fisher and based on her relationship with her real-life mother, Debbie Reynolds. He later directed Closer (2004), with featured Fisher's on-screen Star Wars mother, Natalie Portman.
38Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 704-710. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
39Lost much of his body hair in his early teen years due to a bad batch of whooping cough vaccine.
40One of 5 recipients of the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients were James Brown, Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn and Itzhak Perlman.
41Is one of the only 12 people who are an EGOT, which means that he won at least one of all of the four major entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The other ones in chronological order are Richard Rodgers, Barbra Streisand, Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks and Whoopi Goldberg. Barbra Streisand, however, won a Special Tony Award, not a competitive one, and Liza Minnelli won a Special Grammy.
42One of the Directors Guild of America's annual Honorees in 2000.
43Fled from Berlin, Nazi Germany with his family in 1939.
44Back in Berlin, Germany, Mike's father was part of a young intellectual circle that included Russian immigrants such as Vladimir Nabokov's sister and Boris Pasternak's parents.

#Quote
1[on firing Mandy Patinkin during making of Heartburn (1986)] I loved Mandy then, and I love him now. It was awful to have to replace him, but on film I couldn't see the chemistry I wanted. I don't know how many days it was, but to save the damn thing, I had to move fast to get Jack [Nicholson]. Mandy was, of course, devastated, and I've felt awful about it all my life.
2[on coming to New York as a child] American society to me and my brother was thrilling because, first of all, the food made noise. We were so excited about Rice Krispies and Coca-Cola. We had only silent food in our country, and we loved listening to our lunch and breakfast.
3Do you know my theory about '[Who's Afraid of] Virginia Woolf' which I think I only developed lately? It may be the only play - certainly the only play I can think of, including Shakespeare - in which every single thing that happens is in the present. Even the beautiful reminiscences of the past are traps being set in the present, sprung in the present, having violent effect in the present. It's why you can't hurt it. It's now. It's the one thing plays have the hardest time with.
4[on developing an act with Elaine May] We were winging it, making up as it went along, It never crossed our minds that it had any value beyond the moment. We were stunned when we got to New York. Never for a moment did we consider that we would do this for living. It was just a handy way to make some money until we grew up.
5[on his experience judging a limerick contest] It was easy. We just threw out the dirty limericks and gave the prize to the one that was left.
6[on Stanley Kubrick] In the end, I think he began to have trouble, because if you can't leave home, you lose track of reality, and I think that happened to him. Still, he made great movies and he was a completely gifted director. If you look at 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), you suddenly realize: My God, there's nobody in this movie!
7[on Elizabeth Taylor] There are three things I never saw Elizabeth Taylor do: Tell a lie; be unkind to anyone; and be on time.
8[on Jack Nicholson] Jack is the sort of guy who takes parts others have turned down, might turn down, and explodes them into something nobody could have conceived of. All his brilliance of character and gesture is consumed and made invisible by the expanse of his nature.
9[on working with Orson Welles on Catch-22 (1970)] We were talking about Jean Renoir one day on the set and Orson said, very touchingly, that Renoir was a great man but that unfortunately Renoir didn't like his pictures. And then he said, "Of course, if I were Renoir I wouldn't like my pictures either".
10[Part of 2005 Tony Award acceptance speech] "God, my head is totally empty. I had a thing I was going to say, and I have forgot it, because I had given up so long ago. But the first thing to say is thank you. To the other members of my category, my friends Jack and James and Bartlett, I guess you are thinking age before beauty, me too! My congratulations to the winners. My love to those who have not won tonight. I just want to remind you of my motto: Cheer up, life isn't everything. It always stands me in good stead."
11When I was 17, for my first job, I worked at the midtown Howard Johnson's. A customer asked me what our ice-cream flavor of the week was, which was a dumb question, because there was a huge banner showing that it was maple. So I told him that it was chicken. The customer laughed, but the manager fired me immediately. They were bastards there.
12I love to take actors to a place where they open a vein. That's the job. The key is that I make it safe for them to open the vein.
13If everybody's adorable, you can't go anywhere, you can't have any events.
14I've never understood that aspect of DVDs, where you suddenly put back the things you took out that could go. Why ruin your movie? With material that you've taken out? I never get that. I don't have that impulse... To put them back seems very unpleasant to me. And pointless. It's like when you've written something, when you cut a paragraph, doesn't it seem dead to you? Doesn't it look like something you'd never want to include, because the point is, it could go? You'll never see anything in my pictures, the stuff that came out, stays out.
15It's not a film-maker's job to explain his technique, but to tell his story the best way he can.
16A movie is like a person. Either you trust it or you don't.

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1Often includes extremely long starting and/or ending shots taken from high in the air, for example Working Girl (1988) and Angels in America (2003).

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