Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols

Highest Rated: 100% Everything Is Copy (2015)

Lowest Rated: 29% The Fortune (1975)

Birthday: Nov 6, 1931

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

After establishing himself as the straight-man half of a popular comic duo with Elaine May in the late 1950s, Mike Nichols became one of the most decorated directors of stage and screen, earning several Tony Awards for his work on Broadway while helming seminal Academy Award-winning films. Though he began his career as in improvisational comedian and gained a degree of popularity with May, Nichols found his greatest success first on Broadway, where he collaborated extensively with Neil Simon to direct "Barefoot in the Park" (1963) and "The Odd Couple" (1965); both of which earned him Tony Awards for Best Director. He soon moved to Hollywood and directed the controversial "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966), which broke ground for its use of profanity and frank handling of marriage infidelity, and "The Graduate" (1967), which managed to tap into the feelings of isolation and abandonment by that era's youth. Following a misfire with his adaptation of "Catch-22" (1970), Nichols once again broke ground tackling the subject of sex and relationships with the hit drama, "Carnal Knowledge" (1971). But he soon broke away from Hollywood to focus on the stage, only to return with the acclaimed biopic "Silkwood" (1983), starring Meryl Streep. Following popular hits like "Working Girl" (1988) and "Biloxi Blues" (1988), Nichols' film career hit a precipitous downturn until he directed the surprise hit comedy "The Birdcage" (1996). On the small screen, he found even more success with the acclaimed made-for-cable movie "Wit" (HBO, 2001) and the extraordinary miniseries "Angels in America" (HBO, 2003), both of which earned their share of critical adulation and awards. After a return to big screen form with "Closer" (2004) and "Charlie Wilson's War" (2007), Nichols proved that he was just as viable as he was when he broke new ground for a previous generation. Still active with stage and screen work well into his 80s, Nichols' sudden death on November 19, 2014 at the age of 83 stunned the film and theater community.

Highest rated movies

Everything Is Copy
The Designated Mourner




70% 66% Becoming Mike Nichols Self - 2016
100% 76% Everything Is Copy Unknown (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 100% Crescendo! The Power of Music Executive Producer - 2014
67% 49% Friends With Kids Executive Producer $7.3M 2011
No Score Yet 92% The Last Play at Shea Film Editor - 2010
82% 73% Charlie Wilson's War Director $66.6M 2007
68% 81% Closer Director $34.0M 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angels in America Director,
Executive Producer
- 2003
83% 91% Wit Director,
Executive Producer,
- 2001
42% 28% What Planet Are You From? Director,
$6.3M 2000
81% 64% Primary Colors Director,
$39.0M 1998
65% No Score Yet The Designated Mourner Jack (Character) $63.0K 1997
81% 81% The Birdcage Director,
$124.0M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nichols and May: Take Two Self - 1996
62% 42% Wolf Director $65.0M 1994
95% 89% The Remains of the Day Producer $23.0M 1993
43% 63% Regarding Henry Director,
$41.0M 1991
84% 66% Postcards From the Edge Director,
$36.9M 1990
78% 62% Biloxi Blues Director $41.9M 1988
84% 67% Working Girl Director $62.2M 1988
45% 46% Heartburn Director,
$24.3M 1986
75% 78% Silkwood Director,
- 1983
No Score Yet 80% Gilda Live Director - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gilda Director - 1980
29% 35% The Fortune Director,
- 1975
44% 40% The Day of the Dolphin Director - 1973
87% 72% Carnal Knowledge Director,
- 1971
79% 76% Catch-22 Director - 1970
87% 90% The Graduate Director,
$285.8K 1967
95% 91% Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Director - 1966


90% 95% Angels in America Director 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1960