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Mike Nichols

Director, Performer, Producer, Writer, Presenter, Other
( b. Nov 06, 1931 Berlin, GERMANY - d. Nov 19, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Nichols was one of America's most celebrated directors, whose long, protean resume of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood.

Dryly urbane, Mr. Nichols had a gift for communicating with actors and a keen comic timing, which he honed early in his career as half of the popular sketch-comedy team Nichols and May. He accomplished what Orson Welles and Elia Kazan, but few if any other directors have: He achieved popular and artistic success in both theater and film. He was among the most decorated people in the history of show business, one of only a handful to have won an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy.

His career encompassed an entire era of screen and stage entertainment. He directed Neil Simon's early comedies Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple in the 1960s, the zany Monty Python musical, Spamalot, four decades later, and nearly another decade after that, an acclaimed revival of Arthur Miller's bruising masterpiece, Death of a Salesman.

In 1984, as a producer, he brought a talented monologuist to Broadway, supervising the one-woman show - it was called, simply, Whoopi Goldberg - that propelled her to fame.

The first time Mr. Nichols stepped behind the camera, in 1966, it was to direct Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, in an adaptation of Edward Albee's scabrous stage portrayal of a marriage, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The film was nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including one for best director. Mr. Nichols did win an Oscar for his second film, The Graduate, a shrewd social comedy that defined the uncertainty of adulthood for the generation that came of age in the 1960s.

When he directed Burton and Taylor in "Virginia Woolf" they were the biggest stars in the world. "A director's chief virtue should be to persuade you through a role; Mike's the only one I know who can do it?" Burton said after the film was finished, a remarkable compliment from a renowned actor for a fledgling director. "He conspires with you to get your best. He'd make me throw away a line where I'd have hit it hard. I've seen the film with an audience and he's right every time."

Source: The New York Times obituary.



Productions Date of Productions
Betrayal
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Oct 27, 2013 - Jan 05, 2014
Death of a Salesman
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Mar 15, 2012 - Jun 02, 2012
The Country Girl
[Play, Revival]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Apr 27, 2008 - Jul 20, 2008
The Apple Tree
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Original production directed by Mike Nichols
Dec 14, 2006 - Mar 11, 2007
Spamalot
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Mar 17, 2005 - Jan 11, 2009
Whoopi
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Produced by Mike Nichols
Nov 17, 2004 - Jan 30, 2005
The Play What I Wrote
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Mike Nichols
Mar 30, 2003 - Jun 15, 2003
Sunday in the Park with George
[Special, Concert, Revival]
  • Presented by Friends In Deed (Mike Nichols: Chairman; Cynthia O'Neal: President; Robert MacNamara: Managing Director)
May 15, 1994 - May 15, 1994
Death and the Maiden
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Mar 17, 1992 - Aug 02, 1992
Social Security
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Apr 17, 1986 - Mar 22, 1987
Whoopi Goldberg
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Produced by Mike Nichols
  • Production Supervised by Mike Nichols
Oct 24, 1984 - Mar 10, 1985
Hurlyburly
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Icarus Productions
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Aug 07, 1984 - Jun 02, 1985
The Real Thing
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
  • Produced by Icarus Productions
Jan 05, 1984 - May 12, 1985
Grown Ups
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Mike Nichols
Dec 10, 1981 - Feb 20, 1982
Fools
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Apr 06, 1981 - May 09, 1981
Lunch Hour
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Nov 12, 1980 - Jun 28, 1981
Billy Bishop Goes to War
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Mike Nichols
May 29, 1980 - Jun 07, 1980
The Gin Game
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Mike Nichols
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
  • Co - Produced by Icarus Productions
Oct 06, 1977 - Dec 31, 1978
Annie
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Icarus Productions
  • Produced by Mike Nichols
Apr 21, 1977 - Jan 02, 1983
Comedians
[Play, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Nov 28, 1976 - Apr 03, 1977
Streamers
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Apr 21, 1976 - Jun 05, 1977
Uncle Vanya
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
  • Translated by Mike Nichols
Jun 04, 1973 - Jul 28, 1973
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
[Play, Comedy, Drama, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Nov 11, 1971 - Sep 29, 1973
Plaza Suite
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Feb 14, 1968 - Oct 03, 1970
The Little Foxes
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Oct 26, 1967 - Jan 20, 1968
The Apple Tree
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Oct 18, 1966 - Nov 25, 1967
The Odd Couple
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Mar 10, 1965 - Jul 02, 1967
Luv
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Nov 11, 1964 - Jan 07, 1967
Barefoot in the Park
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Mike Nichols
Oct 23, 1963 - Jun 25, 1967
An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May
[Special, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Mike Nichols [Performer]
  • Written by Mike Nichols
Oct 08, 1960 - Jul 01, 1961
Special Events Date of Special Events
Passion
[Special, Benefit, Concert, Revival]
  • Produced by Friends In Deed (Mike Nichols: Chairman; Cynthia O'Neal: President; Robert MacNamara: Managing Director)
  • Proceeds to benefit Friends In Deed (Mike Nichols: Chairman; Cynthia O'Neal: President; Robert MacNamara: Managing Director)
Oct 20, 2004 - Oct 20, 2004
Short Talks on the Universe
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Originally produced by Mike Nichols
  • Benefiting Friends In Deed (Mike Nichols: Chairman; Cynthia O'Neal: President; Robert MacNamara: Managing Director)
Nov 17, 2002 - Nov 18, 2002
Into the Woods
[Special, Benefit, Comedy, Concert, Revival]
  • Presented by Friends In Deed (Mike Nichols: Chairman; Cynthia O'Neal: President; Robert MacNamara: Managing Director)
Nov 09, 1997 - Nov 09, 1997
Mike Nichols and Elaine May: Together Again on Broadway
[Special, Benefit, Original]
  • Produced by Friends In Deed (Mike Nichols: Chairman; Cynthia O'Neal: President; Robert MacNamara: Managing Director)
  • Performer: Mike Nichols
May 04, 1992 - May 04, 1992
2012 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
winnerDeath of a Salesman [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
2012 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play
winnerDeath of a Salesman [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
2005 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical
winnerSpamalot [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
2005 Tony Award® Best Special Theatrical Event
 Whoopi [nominee]
Produced by Mike Nichols
2005 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical
 Spamalot [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
2003 Tony Award® Best Special Theatrical Event
 The Play What I Wrote [nominee]
Produced by Mike Nichols
2003 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
 The Play What I Wrote [nominee]
Produced by Mike Nichols
1985 Tony Award® Best Play
 Hurlyburly [nominee]
Produced by Icarus Productions
1984 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
winnerThe Real Thing [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1984 Tony Award® Best Play
winnerThe Real Thing [winner]
Produced by Icarus Productions
1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play
 The Real Thing [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
winnerThe Real Thing [winner]
Produced by Icarus Productions
1982 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
 Grown Ups [nominee]
Produced by Mike Nichols
1978 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
 The Gin Game [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1978 Tony Award® Best Play
 The Gin Game [nominee]
Produced by Mike Nichols
1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play
 The Gin Game [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
 The Gin Game [nominee]
Produced by Mike Nichols
1977 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
 Comedians [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1977 Tony Award® Best Musical
winnerAnnie [winner]
Produced by Mike Nichols
1977 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play
winnerComedians [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1976 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play
 Streamers [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1974 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
 Uncle Vanya [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1972 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
winnerThe Prisoner of Second Avenue [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1968 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
winnerPlaza Suite [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1967 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical
 The Apple Tree [nominee]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1965 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
winnerLuv [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1965 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Play
winnerThe Odd Couple [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
1964 Tony Award® Best Director (Dramatic)
winnerBarefoot in the Park [winner]
Directed by Mike Nichols
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