'The Graduate' Director Mike Nichols Passes Away at 83

by Jackie Willis 11:57 AM PST, November 20, 2014
Playing 'The Graduate' Director Mike Nichols Passes Away at 83

Renowned director Mike Nichols died suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the age of 83.

The director is part of the EGOT club, having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. He has created some of the most iconic work in film, television and theater, including The Graduate, Working Girl, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War, Annie, Spamalot, The Birdcage and Angels in America.

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Nichols received an Oscar for directing The Graduate and earned his eighth Tony two years ago for his revival of Death of a Salesman. His last film was Charlie Wilson's War in 2007, starring Tom Hanks.

He was most recently working on Master Class with Meryl Streep for HBO.


The acclaimed director was born in Berlin, Germany as Michael Igor Peschkowsky in 1931. He got his start in entertainment performing on stage, and co-founded the Chicago-based comedy troupe Second City in the 1950s. This troupe has helmed such comedic greats such as the late John Belushi and Bill Murray.

He was married to journalist Diane Sawyer in 1988, and has two daughters and a son from previous marriages. 

According to ABC News President James Goldston, the Nichols family will hold a small, private service this week, and a memorial will be later. The director is survived by his wife Diane, his children and grandchildren.