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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 Director
The Graduate
The Graduate Director
The Birdcage
The Birdcage Director
Charlie Wilson's War


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 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
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Other Works:

Stage: Directed "The Apple Tree" on Broadway. Nominated for Tony Award as Best Director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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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. See more »


Recipient of the Producers Guild of America's Visionary Award. 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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