RIP Mike Nichols (1931 – 2014)
James R | On 20, Nov 2014
Mike Nichols has passed away at the age of 83.
The US director, who was born in Germany, is one of the few people to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and an Oscar. To sum him up in a statistic does not do him justice, but it highlights just how talented he was.
The director was as profilic outside of cinema as he was in it, directing the superb TV series Angels in America as well as the original Broadway production of Spamalot. But he started away from both in a legendary improv comedy partnership with Elaine May, which saw him shoot to Grammy fame before continuing a career that spanned over six decades.
That mix of crowd-pleasing comic timing and critic-pleasing art became his signature, with work ranging from The Birdcage and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Closer, Working Girl and – his last movie – Charlie Wilson’s War. The director will be best remembered by many for his seminal coming-of-age tale, The Graduate. The 1967 masterpiece still inspires new generations of lost college-leavers today, a sign of just how timeless his knack for entertaining people was – and continues to be.
RIP Mike Nichols, a man who could make Monty Python work on stage and turned sitting on the back of a bus into one of the most profound, iconic images in movie history.