Thursday, November 20, 2014
RIP Mike Nichols
This one was a complete shock to me, and a tremendous loss to the film and theater communities. One of the greatest American stage and film directors of all time, the great Mike Nichols, has passed away at the age of 83. He is one of the few people to have won the coveted EGOT, including his Best Director Oscar for The Graduate. His other notable films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer, Primary Colors, The Birdcage, Charlie Wilson's War, Postcards From the Edge, and Silkwood. He won a total of four Emmys, for his work on Wit, and one of the greatest television events of all time, HBO's Angels in America. It is on the stage where he won his most acclaim from the industry winning, winning a total of nine Tonys for directing and producing some of the greatest theater pieces of all time including Death of Salesman, Month Python's Spamalot, Annie, The Real Thing, Plaza Suite, Luv, and The Odd Couple. He won his Grammy for Best Comedy Performance in 1961. Mike Nichols was an actor's director who produced some of the greatest film roles of all time. He was a true artist, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends this very sad evening. Rest in peace old friend.