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Mike Nichols net worth:
$20 Million

Mike Nichols information

Mike Nichols information

Birth date: 6 November 1931, Berlin, Germany
Birth place: Berlin
Death date: 19 November 2014, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Profession:Film director, Film Producer, Theatre Director, Actor, Comedian, Writer
Nationality:American
Spouse:Diane Sawyer (m. 1988–2014)
Children:Max Nichols, Jenny Nichols, Daisy Nichols

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 Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky was born on 6 November 1931, in Berlin, Germany into a Jewish family, and became Mike Nichols, an American film director, writer, producer and comedian, probably best known for directing the 1968 film “The Graduate”, which won him an Academy Award, and the iconic 1970 film “Catch 22”. Sadly, Mike passed away following a heart attack in November 2014.

So just how rich was Mike Nichols? Sources have estimated that Mike’s net worth was $15 million, accumulated during an outstanding career in the entertainment industry spanning more than 40 years.

 

Mike Nichols Net Worth $15 Million

In order to avoid Nazi persecution, Mike Nichols’ family fled one by one to the United States. Nichols became a  naturalized American in 1944, and grew up in New York, where he attended school and briefly studied at New York University, which he soon left and joined the University of Chicago. There he became interested in theater, and directed a theater production of William Butler Yeats’ “Purgatory”, his first directorial work. In 1955 he moved back to New York and joined the Actors Studio, where he studied under Lee Strasberg, and in the same year he began performing with Compass Players. In 1958 he met Elain May, and together they formed the successful comedy duo Nichols and May, performing on stage, on radio, and TV, being rewarded with a Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 1962.

Nichols’ first major work as a director was “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simons. It became a huge hit and Nichols was rewarded with his first Tony award. Nichols went on successfully directing Broadway plays, and soon he was considered a superstar of the American theater. His reputation opened the door for him into the cinema world, and in 1966 he was invited by Warner Bros. to direct “Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf ?”, an extremely successful cinema hit starring Elizabeth Taylor and Tim Burton. Nichols’ second film, “The Graduate”, brought him the Academy Award for Best Director.

Mike Nichols kept working as both a theater and cinema director through the ’70s and ’80s. Among his notable works are “Carnal Knowledge”, a rather controversial movie due to graphic depiction of sexual intercourse, “Annie”, a Broadway musical that ran from 1977 to 1983 and won him another Tony award, and “Working Girl”, starring Melanie Griffith, one of his best known films, and a financial success very well received by critics and nominated for six Academy Awards.

Among many other successful works, Nichols has also suffered a few professional failures, such as the movie “The Day of the Dolphin” (1977), which brought little profit and did not impress critics, and the Broadway flop “Billy Bishop Goes to War”, which closed after just 12 performances. However, Mike Nichols is one of a few accomplished performing arts’ professionals who have been rewarded with an Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Oscar Award. However, the vast majority of his projects were very successful, covering more than 20 films, and almost 30 stage plays, but most importantly Mike Nichols received more than 50 awards.

Mike Nichols’ other pursuits included horse-breeding (until 2004 he owned a farm in Connecticut, he was known to be fond of Arabian horses) and occasional teaching at The New Actors Workshop in New York City.

Mike Nichols was married four times. His first marriage was to Patricia Scott(1957-60), then to Margo Callas(1963-74) with whom he had a daughter. He had two more children with his third wife, Annabel Davies-Hoff(1975-86). He married for the fourth time in 1988, to Dianne Sawyer and they were together until Mike’s death in 2014.


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Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie Wilson's War 2007
Closer 2004/I
Angels in America 2003 TV Mini-Series 5 episodes
Wit 2001 TV Movie
What Planet Are You From? 2000
Primary Colors 1998
The Birdcage 1996
Wolf 1994
Regarding Henry 1991
Postcards from the Edge 1990
Working Girl 1988
Biloxi Blues 1988
Heartburn 1986
Silkwood 1983
Gilda Live 1980 Documentary
The Fortune 1975
The Day of the Dolphin 1973
Carnal Knowledge 1971
Catch-22 1970
Teach Me! 1968 Short
The Graduate 1967
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crescendo! The Power of Music 2014 Documentary executive producer
Friends with Kids 2011 executive producer
Closer 2004/I producer
Angels in America 2003 TV Mini-Series executive producer - 5 episodes
Wit 2001 TV Movie executive producer
What Planet Are You From? 2000 producer
Primary Colors 1998 producer
The Designated Mourner 1997 producer
The Birdcage 1996 producer
The Remains of the Day 1993 producer
Regarding Henry 1991 producer
Postcards from the Edge 1990 producer
Heartburn 1986 producer
The Longshot 1986 executive producer
Silkwood 1983 producer
The 'Annie' Christmas Show 1977 TV Movie executive producer
Family 1976 TV Series executive producer
The Fortune 1975 producer
Carnal Knowledge 1971 producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whoopi: Back to Broadway - The 20th Anniversary 2005 TV Special documentary original stage production director / original stage production producer
Capturing the Friedmans 2003 Documentary particularly good advice
Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway 1985 TV Special documentary original stage director / original stage producer
Annie 1982 originally presented on the New York Stage by
The Gin Game 1981 TV Movie director: stage production
Plaza Suite 1971 adapted from the Broadway play directed by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Instant Dread 1998 Short Protester
The Designated Mourner 1997 Jack
Bach to Bach 1967 Short Man
Playhouse 90 1960 TV Series Arthur Millman
The DuPont Show of the Month 1958 TV Series Rod Carter
Omnibus 1958 TV Series

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wit 2001 TV Movie teleplay
Bach to Bach 1967 Short
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall 1962 TV Special documentary writer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall 1962 TV Special documentary writer: "No Mozart Tonight", "You're So London", "From Switzerland: The Pratt Family

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 special thanks
The Graduates 2008/I grateful acknowledgment
Solaris 2002 special thanks
Annie 1999 TV Movie acknowledgment: originally presented on the New York stage by
The Pallbearer 1996 special thanks
The Private Eye the producers wish to thank announced
Mad Men 2015 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary special thanks - 3 episodes
Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store 2015 TV Special dedicatee / special thanks
Welcome to the Basement 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Two Night Stand 2014 the producers wish to thank
Rampart 2011 special thanks
All Good Things 2010 very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sills Documentary post-production Himself
Becoming Mike Nichols 2016 Documentary Himself
Everything Is Copy 2015 Documentary Himself
Fatherhood 2014 TV Series documentary short Himself
American Masters 1995-2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Winner: Best Direction of a Play
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2011 TV Movie Himself - Presenter
Charlie Rose 1998-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols 2010 TV Movie Himself
Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty 2008 TV Special Himself
The Making of 'Charlie Wilson's War' 2008 Video short Himself
HBO First Look 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Julia Roberts: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2007 TV Movie Himself
The South Bank Show 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? 2006 TV Movie Himself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner 2006 Documentary Himself
The Mark Twain Prize: Steve Martin 2005 TV Special documentary
The 59th Annual Tony Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Direction of a Musical
2nd Annual Directors Guild of Great Britain DGGB Awards 2005 Video Himself - Sam Mendes Tribute
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Co-Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award & Nominee: Best Director
The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch 2004 TV Special Mike Nichols - Interviewee
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special and Outstanding Miniseries
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep 2004 TV Special Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2003 TV Special Himself - Honoree
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Harrison Ford 2000 TV Movie Himself
The Annual Film Society of Lincoln Center Honors Mike Nichols 1999 TV Movie Himself - Honoree
Inside the Actors Studio 1996 TV Series Himself
Who Makes You Laugh? 1995 TV Special Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson 1994 TV Special Himself
The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Barbara Walters 1994 TV Movie Himself
Love and Loyalty: The Making of 'The Remains of the Day' 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
In the Life 1992 TV Series documentary Himself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1991 TV Special Himself
Great Performances 1988 TV Series Himself
The 3th Annual Mr. Abbot Awards 1987 TV Special Himself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary 1986 TV Special Himself
The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1985 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play
The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1984 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Direction of a Play
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Play & Best Direction of a Play
The 31st Annual Tony Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Musical & Nominee: Best Direction of a Play
Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Gala 1977 TV Movie Himself
The 30th Annual Tony Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Director
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards 1972 TV Special Himself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards 1970 TV Special Himself - Commenting on New Freedom and Trends in Film: Pre-Recorded
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 TV Special Himself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards 1968 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Director
The 39th Annual Academy Awards 1967 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director & Accepting Best Supporting Actress Award for Sandy Dennis
Today 1966 TV Series Himself
The 20th Annual Tony Awards 1966 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Jack Paar Program 1964-1965 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
That Was the Week That Was 1964 TV Series Himself
President Kennedy's Birthday Salute 1962 TV Movie Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1961 TV Series Himself
Person to Person 1960 TV Series documentary Himself
What's My Line? 1960 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Jack Paar Presents 1960 TV Movie Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959-1960 TV Series Himself
The Big Party 1959 TV Series Himself
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1958-1959 TV Series Himself
Laugh Line 1959 TV Series Himself
The 11th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1959 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Accent on Love 1959 TV Movie Himself - Comedian
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1957-1958 TV Series Himself - Comedian

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Welcome to the Basement 2014-2015 TV Series Himself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - Director, Producer (In Memoriam)
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Himself
CNN Newsroom 2014 TV Series Himself
Extra 2014 TV Series Himself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Making the Boys 2011 Documentary Himself
Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 2009 TV Series documentary
Inside the Actors Studio 2003 TV Series Himself
The Fifties 1997 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (in Nichols & May sketch) (uncredited)
American Masters 1996-1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television 1996 TV Special documentary Himself
The Great Standups 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
Beatlemania 1981 Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Creative
2010 Life Achievement Award American Film Institute, USA
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Life Achievement (Other)
2007 Golden Apple Award Casting Society of America, USA
2005 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director Closer (2004)
2005 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television Angels in America (2003) cary-brokaw-celia-d.-costas-michael-haley-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Cary Brokaw Celia D. Costas Michael Haley">Cary Brokaw Celia D. Costas Michael Haley
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special Angels in America (2003)
2004 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries Angels in America (2003) cary-brokaw-(executive-producer)-michael-haley-(co-executive-producer)-celia-d.-costas-(producer)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Cary Brokaw (executive producer) Michael Haley (co-executive producer) Celia D. Costas (producer)">Cary Brokaw (executive producer) Michael Haley (co-executive producer) Celia D. Costas (producer)
2004 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television Angels 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)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="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)">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)
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award Directors Guild of America, USA
2004 Visionary Award PGA Awards Angels in America (2003) cary-brokaw-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Cary Brokaw">Cary Brokaw
2003 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Angels in America (2003)
2002 Christopher Award Christopher Awards Television & Cable Wit (2001) emma-thompson-(writer)-simon-bosanquet-(producer)-julie-lynn-(co-producer)-charles-f.-ryan-(co-producer)-michael-haley-(co-producer)-cary-brokaw-(executive-producer)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Emma Thompson (writer) Simon Bosanquet (producer) Julie Lynn (co-producer) Charles F. Ryan (co-producer) Michael Haley (co-producer) Cary Brokaw (executive producer)">Emma Thompson (writer) Simon Bosanquet (producer) Julie Lynn (co-producer) Charles F. Ryan (co-producer) Michael Haley (co-producer) Cary Brokaw (executive producer)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Wit (2001)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Made for Television Movie Wit (2001) cary-brokaw-(executive-producer)-simon-bosanquet-(producer)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Cary Brokaw (executive producer) Simon Bosanquet (producer)">Cary Brokaw (executive producer) Simon Bosanquet (producer)
2001 Special Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Berlin International Film Festival Competition Wit (2001)
2001 Humanitas Prize Humanitas Prize 90 Minute or Longer Cable Category Wit (2001) emma-thompson-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Emma Thompson">Emma Thompson
2000 Career Tribute US Comedy Arts Festival elaine-may-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Elaine May">Elaine May
1999 Gala Tribute Film Society of Lincoln Center
1994 Creative Achievement Award American Comedy Awards, USA
1971 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Best Director
1970 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Director
1969 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Direction The Graduate (1967)
1969 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film The Graduate (1967)
1968 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director The Graduate (1967)
1968 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director The Graduate (1967)
1968 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Graduate (1967) don-kranze-(assistant-director-plaque)-lynn-guthrie-(assistant-director-plaque)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Don Kranze (assistant director plaque) Lynn Guthrie (assistant director plaque)">Don Kranze (assistant director plaque) Lynn Guthrie (assistant director plaque)
1967 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film from any Source Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director The Graduate (1967)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Life Achievement (Other)
2008 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Director Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
2007 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Director Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
2005 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Closer (2004)
2005 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Motion Picture Closer (2004) cary-brokaw john-calley-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Cary Brokaw John Calley">Cary Brokaw John Calley
2005 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Director Closer (2004)
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Casting Closer (2004)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie Wit (2001) emma-thompson-(writer)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Emma Thompson (writer)">Emma Thompson (writer)
2001 Golden Berlin Bear Berlin International Film Festival Wit (2001)
2001 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries Wit (2001)
2001 Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival Wit (2001)
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Comedy/Musical Picture Primary Colors (1998)
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Comedy/Musical Picture The Birdcage (1996)
1996 Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders) Awards Circuit Community Awards Honorable Mentions The Birdcage (1996)
1994 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Picture The Remains of the Day (1993) john-calley ismail-merchant-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="John Calley Ismail Merchant">John Calley Ismail Merchant
1994 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film The Remains of the Day (1993) ismail-merchant john-calley james-ivory-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Ismail Merchant John Calley James Ivory">Ismail Merchant John Calley James Ivory
1994 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures The Remains of the Day (1993) john-calley ismail-merchant-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="John Calley Ismail Merchant">John Calley Ismail Merchant
1989 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Working Girl (1988)
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Working Girl (1988)
1989 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Working Girl (1988)
1984 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Silkwood (1983)
1984 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Silkwood (1983)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Family (1976) aaron-spelling-(executive-producer) leonard-goldberg-(executive-producer) nigel-mckeand-(producer)-net-worth/" target="_blank" title="Aaron Spelling (executive producer) Leonard Goldberg (executive producer) Nigel McKeand (producer)">Aaron Spelling (executive producer) Leonard Goldberg (executive producer) Nigel McKeand (producer)
1967 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Director Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
1967 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1967 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Director

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Director

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
1 In 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.
2 He considered Diane Sawyer to be the love of his life.
3 Six 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).
4 Was 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.
5 Won a Tony Award for directing. [June 2005]
6 Director of hit Broadway musical 'Monty Python's Spamalot' ("lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975).") [February 2005]
7 Like Steve Martin, Paul Simon, and Lorne Michaels, Nichols has had his portrait painted by Eric Fischl.
8 Won 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).
9 While 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.
10 Recipient of the Producers Guild of America's Visionary Award.
11 Was at one point going to direct The Public Eye (1972). See the trivia page for the film for more information.
12 Is a member of the Democratic Party.
13 Mike 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.
14 Through 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.
15 He is one of only 7 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), and Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
16 In 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.".
17 Was the last person to have won a best director Oscar prior to 1972 still living as of January 2009.
18 Recovering from heart bypass surgery in New York hospital [July 17, 2008].
19 When he won his Oscar as Best Director for The Graduate (1967), the statuette was presented to him by actress Leslie Caron.
20 Son, Max Nichols, is married to ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols.
21 Teaches occasionally at The New Actor's Workship in New York City.
22 Formed a comedy team with Elaine May, appearing in nightclubs, on radio and television and most notably at President Jimmy Carter's inauguration gala.
23 Became a naturalized US citizen in 1944.
24 Attended the University of Chicago where he became close friends with fellow student Susan Sontag (then Susan Rosenblatt).
25 Was interested in directing First Blood (1982) with Dustin Hoffman as John Rambo.
26 Two 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.
27 He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2001 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
28 Received 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).
29 From 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.
30 Father of Daisy Nichols (born in 1964), Max Nichols (born in 1974) and Jenny Nichols (born in 1977).
31 Worked at the Howard Johnson's restaurant in New York's Times Square when he was 17 years old.
32 According 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.
33 Directed 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).
34 Directed 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.
35 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume Two, 1945-1985". Pages 704-710. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1988.
36 Lost much of his body hair in his early teen years due to a bad batch of whooping cough vaccine.
37 One of 5 recipients of the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients were James Brown, Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn and Itzhak Perlman.
38 Is 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.
39 One of the Directors Guild of America's annual Honorees in 2000.
40 Fled from Berlin, Nazi Germany with his family in 1939.
41 Back 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.
3 Do 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."
11 When 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.
12 I 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.
13 If everybody's adorable, you can't go anywhere, you can't have any events.
14 I'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.
15 It's not a film-maker's job to explain his technique, but to tell his story the best way he can.
16 A movie is like a person. Either you trust it or you don't.

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1 Often 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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