Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin
; 1931-2014) was an American film, television, and stage director.
He began his career as a comedian, teaming with Elaine May
(another future director) to form the acclaimed Comedy Duo
Nichols & May. Afterwards, he notably worked as a director for 49 years. He began in 1960, directing stage productions of The Importance of Being Earnest
and St Joan
. In 1963, he made his Broadway debut with Neil Simon
's Barefoot in the Park
, then moved into films. He was also notable as one of eleven people to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy—in other words, all four of the major American entertainment awards.
He passed away at the age of 83 on 20th November 2014.
Not to be confused with the American director Jeff Nichols
Most notable works: