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Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky on November 6, 1931 in Berlin, Germany) is an Academy Award winning movie director. While attending the University of Chicago in the 1950s, he began work in improvisational comedy with the Compass Players troupe (a precursor to Second City), and teamed up to form a comedy team with Elaine May[?]. They appeared in nightclubs, on radio, released best-selling records, guested on several television programs and had their own show on Broadway before moving on to other pursuits in 1961. May frequently writes or re-writes scripts for Nichols, including The Bird Cage and Primary Colors.

Nichols moved on to Broadway directing, helming such hits as Barefoot in the Park[?] and The Odd Couple[?]. His first major film direction was the adaptation of another play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in 1966, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Directing. His next film, The Graduate, spoke to a disaffected generation and made Dustin Hoffman a star, and gave Nichols his Oscar.

He followed that up with more successes in Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge[?], but two failures in the 1970s, The Day of the Dolphin[?] and The Fortune[?], tarnished his reputation. Since then, he has moved on to more Broadway productions, and excutive producing of television programs, including Family.

Academy Awards and Nominations

Emmy Awards and Nominations

  • 2001 Won Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Wit[?]
  • 2001 Won Outstanding Made for Television Movie Wit[?]
  • 2001 Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie Wit[?]
  • 1977 Nominated Outstanding Drama Series Family

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