Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols

American, Film Director
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Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an American film and theater director, producer, actor, and comedian. He was noted for his ability to work across a range of genres and for his aptitude for getting the best out of actors regardless of their experience. Nichols began his career in the 1950s with the comedy improvisational troupe The Compass Players, predecessor of The Second City, in Chicago. He then teamed up with his improv partner, Elaine May, to form the comedy duo Nichols and May. Their live improv act was a hit on Broadway, and the first of their three albums won a Grammy Award.

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Full name at birth
Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky
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Date of birth
6 November 1931
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Place of birth
Berlin, Germany
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Date of death
19 November 2014
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Age
83 (age at death)
Place of death
Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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Film director, theatre director, film producer, actor, comedian
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5' 11" (180 cm)
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Net worth
$100,000,000 USD
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High school
Walden School
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University
  • University of Chicago
  • briefly attended New York University before dropping out
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42 West
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[on Jack Nicholson] Jack is the sort of guy who takes parts others have turned down, might turn down, and explodes them into something nobody could have conceived of. All his brilliance of character and gesture is consumed and made invisible by the expanse of his nature.
  • Fled from Berlin with his family in 1939.
  • He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2001 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
  • When he won his first Oscar as Best Director for The Graduate (1967), the statuette was presented to him by actress Leslie Caron.
  • Attended the University of Chicago.
  • Father of Daisy (born in 1964), Max Nichols (born in 1974) and Jenny Nichols (born in 1977).

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