R.I.P. Mike Nichols

Legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83 from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Born in Germany and moving to the U.S. in the late 1930s as a child, Nichols started out as a comedian before segueing into being a director, writer and producer of productions both on stage and on screen.

His first film was 1966’s screen adaptation of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” which scored five Oscars, while he personally won an Oscar for his second effort “The Graduate”.

Other famed films he directed included “Working Girl,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Primary Colors,” “The Birdcage,” “Regarding Henry,” “Biloxi Blues,” “Wolf,” “Silkwood,” “Catch-22,” “Carnal Knowledge, “Closer” and his last feature “Charlie Wilson’s War”.

He also directed the acclaimed TV adaptations of “Angels in America” and “Wit,” and helmed a bunch of Broadway productions of various plays and musicals including “Uncle Vanya,” Death of a Salesman,” “”The Seagull,” “Annie,” “Spamalot,” and “Hurlyburly”.

Nichols was one of only twelve people to have won all four major US entertainment awards – an Emmy, a Grammy, a Oscar and a Tony. He’s survived by his fourth wife Diane Sawyer and three children.