Photo of Mike Nichols Mike Nichols

Renowned for making movies that satirize conventional American mores, Mike Nichols was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Berlin and came to the United States in 1938. Though he set out to be an actor, fate took him in another direction: In 1957, he teamed with Elaine May, and the duo toured the country with their clever nightclub routine.

When the duo split in 1961, Nichols turned to directing, bagging the first of seven Tony Awards in 1964 for "Barefoot in the Park." He transitioned to films in 1966 and garnered an Oscar nod for his groundbreaking directorial debut, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His next effort, The Graduate (1967), not only became a runaway hit, it earned Nichols an Oscar for Best Director.

Nichols continued to blaze cinematic trails with Carnal Knowledge (1971) and later scored big with Silkwood (1983), Working Girl (1988), The Bird Cage (1996) and Primary Colors (1998).

Mike Nichols in The Graduate

The Graduate

1967 PG

In this Oscar-winning classic with an iconic Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack, Dustin Hoffman turns in a landmark performance as a naïve college grad who is seduced by middle-aged neighbor Mrs. Robinson but ends up falling in love with her daughter.

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  • Mike Nichols in Charlie Wilson's War Charlie Wilson's War
  • Mike Nichols in Postcards from the Edge Postcards from the Edge
  • Mike Nichols in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Mike Nichols in Catch-22 Catch-22
  • Mike Nichols in The Birdcage The Birdcage
  • Mike Nichols in Regarding Henry Regarding Henry
  • Mike Nichols in Wit Wit
  • Mike Nichols in Carnal Knowledge Carnal Knowledge
  • Mike Nichols in Silkwood Silkwood
  • Mike Nichols in Closer Closer
  • Mike Nichols in Working Girl Working Girl
  • Mike Nichols in The Day of the Dolphin The Day of the Dolphin
  • Mike Nichols in Primary Colors Primary Colors
  • Mike Nichols in Biloxi Blues Biloxi Blues
  • Mike Nichols in Wolf Wolf
  • Mike Nichols in The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch
  • Mike Nichols in Angels in America Angels in America
  • Mike Nichols in Faces of America Faces of America
  • Mike Nichols in Bread Crumbs Bread Crumbs