The Graduate director Mike Nichols dies aged 83

The Oscar-winning filmmaker also directed Catch-22, Working Girl, The Remains of the Day and The Birdcage

Acclaimed Hollywood director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.


Nichols won an Oscar for 1967 comedy-drama The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, and received nominations for Working Girl, The Remains of the Day, Silkwood and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

He also directed Catch-22, The Birdcage and, his final film, Charlie Wilson’s War, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, and was one of only 12 people to win all four major US entertainment awards – an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

Born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in 1931 in Germany, Nichols began his career as a comedian with improv group The Compass Players and as one half of duo Nichols and May with Elaine May.


He leaves behind his fourth wife, ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer, who he married in 1988.