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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 28 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Closer
Closer Director
(2004)
The Graduate
The Graduate Director
(1967)
The Birdcage
The Birdcage Director
(1996)
Charlie Wilson's War
(2007)

Filmography

Hide Hide Show Show Director (22 credits)
 2004/I Closer
 2003 Angels in America (TV Mini-Series) (5 episodes)
- Beyond Nelly (2003)
- Stop Moving! (2003)
 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
Show Show Producer (19 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (6 credits)
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Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (14 credits)
Show Show Self (68 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (16 credits)

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(November 15 to December 23, 1979) He and Tommy Tune directed the musical, "Double Feature," in a world premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Jeffrey Moss wrote the book, lyrics and music. Tony Walton was set designer. D. Granata and M. Stuart were costume designers. Wally Harper was conductor. Jennifer ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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[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. See more »

Trivia:

He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2001 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. See more »

Trademark:

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).

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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