Mike Nichols has died. He was a German-born American television, stage and film director, writer, producer and comedian and a the time of his sudden death on Wednesday he was eighty three years old, ABC News has announced.
“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic, and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony – in his lifetime,” ABC News president James Goldston said in a statementt. Nichols’s wife is ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.
“No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike,” added Goldston.
During his career, he won an Oscar, four Emmys, nine Tonys, a Grammy and AFI and Kennedy Center honors. The motto in which he lived by,
“The only safe thing is to take a chance.”
Which he did in the 1960s as he guided films such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood and Working Girl and more.
“The greatest thrill is that moment when a thousand people are sitting in the dark, looking at the same scene, and they are all apprehending something that has not been spoken,” Nichols told The New York Times in 2009. “That’s the thrill of it, the miracle – that’s what holds us to movies forever. It’s what we wish we could do in real life. We all see something and understand it together, and nobody has to say a word.”
It was back in 1931 when the he was born, real name (Michael Igor Peschkowsky) in Perlin, he was the son of a Doctor
At the time of his death, he was quite wealthy and he bred Arabian horses on his 60-acre Connecticut farm, he was married four times and he divorce three of those times, he leaves behind his widow, newswoman Diane Sawyer, three adult children from his former marriages: Daisy, Max and Jenny, and four grandchildren.