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Mike Nichols (I) (1931–2014)


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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)
Show Show Actor (6 credits)
Show Show Writer (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (14 credits)
Show Show Self (67 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (16 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(May 1 to June 20, 1987) He produced Andrew Bergman's play, "Social Security," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill in the cast. Peter Lawrece was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

[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. See more »

Trivia:

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 ... 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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