Director Mike Nichols Dies at Age 83

By November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols, the director of The Graduate, The Birdcage, Closer, Working Girl, Charlie Wilson’s War, and many more movies, died last night at the age of 83. Nichols was a creative force to be reckoned with, helming a handful of classic stage productions and becoming one of only twelve people to win the coveted EGOT: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award.

I watched The Graduate when I was in my teens and stupidly didn’t understand why it was referred to as a classic, but it’s obvious that that particular film left an indelible mark on a lot of people. Steven Spielberg told Deadline:

Mike was a friend, a muse, a mentor, one of America’s all time greatest film and stage directors, and one of the most generous people I have ever known. For me, The Graduate was life altering — both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best — and then Mike would get from them even more. And in a room full of people, Mike was always the center of gravity. This is a seismic loss.

Rest in peace, Mr. Nichols. You will be missed.

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