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      Mike Nichols

      Mike Nichols

      Highest Rated: 100% Everything Is Copy (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 22% The Fortune (1975)

      Birthday: Nov 6, 1931

      Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

      After establishing himself as the straight-man half of a popular comic duo with Elaine May in the late 1950s, Mike Nichols became one of the most decorated directors of stage and screen, earning several Tony Awards for his work on Broadway while helming seminal Academy Award-winning films. Though he began his career as in improvisational comedian and gained a degree of popularity with May, Nichols found his greatest success first on Broadway, where he collaborated extensively with Neil Simon to direct "Barefoot in the Park" (1963) and "The Odd Couple" (1965); both of which earned him Tony Awards for Best Director. He soon moved to Hollywood and directed the controversial "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), which broke ground for its use of profanity and frank handling of marriage infidelity, and "The Graduate" (1967), which managed to tap into the feelings of isolation and abandonment by that era's youth. Following a misfire with his adaptation of "Catch-22" (1970), Nichols once again broke ground tackling the subject of sex and relationships with the hit drama, "Carnal Knowledge" (1971). But he soon broke away from Hollywood to focus on the stage, only to return with the acclaimed biopic "Silkwood" (1983), starring Meryl Streep. Following popular hits like "Working Girl" (1988) and "Biloxi Blues" (1988), Nichols' film career hit a precipitous downturn until he directed the surprise hit comedy "The Birdcage" (1996). On the small screen, he found even more success with the acclaimed made-for-cable movie "Wit" (HBO, 2001) and the extraordinary miniseries "Angels in America" (HBO, 2003), both of which earned their share of critical adulation and awards. After a return to big screen form with "Closer" (2004) and "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), Nichols proved that he was just as viable as he was when he broke new ground for a previous generation. Still active with stage and screen work well into his 80s, Nichols' sudden death on November 19, 2014 at the age of 83 stunned the film and theater community.

      Highest rated movies

      Everything Is Copy
      The Designated Mourner

      Photos

      Becoming Mike Nichols, Mike Nichols (L), Elaine May (R), 02/22/2016, ©HBOMR The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Mike Nichols, 12/26/2012, ©CBS THE GRADUATE, Mike Nichols, director, behind the camera, 1967 THE GRADUATE, Mike Nichols, director, behind the camera, 1967 CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, director Mike Nichols, on set, 2007. ©Universal CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR, director Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, on set, 2007. ©Universal WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, from left: Marlene Dietrich visiting Richard Burton, director Mike Nichols (partially obscured), Elizabeth Taylor on set, 1966 CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, director Mike Nichols, 1971 THE GRADUATE, Mike Nichols, Katharine Ross, Dustin Hoffman, 1967 DESIGNATED MOURNER, Mike Nichols, Miranda Richardson, David de Keyser, 1997, First Look Pictures Becoming Mike Nichols, Mike Nichols, 02/22/2016, ©HBOMR CLOSER, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Mike Nichols, 2004, (c) Columbia DESIGNATED MOURNER, David hare (director), Mike Nichols, 1997. First Look Pictures WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, director Mike Nichols (holding script), Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, 1966 DESIGNATED MOURNER, Miranda Richardson, Mike Nichols, 1997. First Look Pictures THE BIRDCAGE, Director Mike Nichols, 1996. © United Artists. WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, director Mike Nichols (holding script), Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal on set, 1966 BILOXI BLUES, director Mike Nichols, 1988, ©Universal Pictures / . CLOSER, Natalie Portman, director Mike Nichols, Jude Law on set, 2004, (c) Columbia REGARDING HENRY, Director Mike Nichols, on set, 1991, (c)Paramount Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      70% 67% Becoming Mike Nichols Self - 2016
      100% 76% Everything Is Copy Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 100% Crescendo! The Power of Music Executive Producer - 2014
      66% 49% Friends With Kids Executive Producer $7.3M 2011
      82% 73% Charlie Wilson's War Director $66.6M 2007
      68% 81% Closer Director $34.0M 2004
      No Score Yet 88% Angels in America Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2003
      83% 91% Wit Director,
      Executive Producer,
      Writer
      - 2001
      42% 28% What Planet Are You From? Director,
      Producer
      $6.3M 2000
      80% 64% Primary Colors Director,
      Producer
      $39.0M 1998
      65% 73% The Designated Mourner Jack (Character) $63.0K 1997
      84% 81% The Birdcage Director,
      Producer
      $124.0M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nichols and May: Take Two Self - 1996
      62% 43% Wolf Director $65.0M 1994
      96% 90% The Remains of the Day Producer $23.0M 1993
      49% 63% Regarding Henry Director,
      Producer
      $41.0M 1991
      83% 66% Postcards From the Edge Director,
      Producer
      $36.9M 1990
      75% 62% Biloxi Blues Director $41.9M 1988
      83% 67% Working Girl Director $62.2M 1988
      No Score Yet 56% The Longshot Executive Producer $603.1K 1986
      45% 46% Heartburn Director,
      Producer
      $24.3M 1986
      76% 79% Silkwood Director,
      Producer
      - 1983
      No Score Yet 82% Gilda Live Director - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gilda Director - 1980
      22% 34% The Fortune Director,
      Producer
      - 1975
      43% 41% The Day of the Dolphin Director - 1973
      88% 72% Carnal Knowledge Director,
      Producer
      $33.7K 1971
      81% 76% Catch-22 Director - 1970
      86% 90% The Graduate Director,
      Producer
      $285.8K 1967
      96% 90% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Director - 1966

      TV

      Credit
      90% 93% Angels in America Director 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1960