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Mike Nichols (I) (1931–2014)

He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin. He later worked in legitimate theater as an actor before ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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 2004/I Closer
 2003 Angels in America (TV Mini-Series) (2 episodes)
 2001 Wit (TV Movie)
 1996 The Birdcage
 1994 Wolf
 1988 Working Girl
 1988 Biloxi Blues
 1986 Heartburn
 1983 Silkwood
 1980 Gilda Live (Documentary)
 1975 The Fortune
 1970 Catch-22
 1968 Teach Me! (Short)
 1967 The Graduate
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Other Works:

Fools (1981). Comedy. Written by Neil Simon. Incidental music by John Rubinstein. Directed by Mike Nichols. Eugene O'Neill Theatre: 6 Apr 1981- 9 May 1981 (40 performances + 14 previews that began on 25 Apr 1981). Cast: John Rubinstein (as "Leon Tolchinsky"), Harold Gould (as "Doctor Zubritsky"), Gerald Hiken (as "Snetsky"), ... See more »

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6 Interviews | 11 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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[on Elizabeth Taylor] There are three things I never saw Elizabeth Taylor do: Tell a lie; be unkind to anyone; and be on time. See more »


When he won his Oscar as Best Director for The Graduate (1967), the statuette was presented to him by actress Leslie Caron. See more »


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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