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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

The Graduate
The Graduate Director
(1967)
Closer
Closer Director
(2004)
Angels in America
(2003)

Filmography

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 2004/I Closer
 2001 Wit (TV Movie)
 2000 What Planet Are You From? (directed by)
 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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Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (6 credits)
Show Show Actor (5 credits)
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Show Show Thanks (14 credits)
Show Show Self (69 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Directed "Plaza Suite" on Broadway. Won Tony Award for Best 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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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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. 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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