Biography: Mike Nichols was born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky on November 6, 1931 in Berlin, Germany. He was the son of Brigitte and Pavel Peschkowsky, a physician. His family fled to America in 1938 to escape the Nazis, and moved to New York City in April 1939. He was married to Patricia Scott from 1957-1960, Margot Callas from 1963-1974 (with whom he had his daughter, Daisy Nichols), Annabel Davis-Goff until 1986 (with whom he had two children: Max Nichols and Jenny Nichols) and ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer in 1988 who survived him.
Film/TV Credits: Film: "Charlie Wilson's War," "Closer," "What Planet Are You From?," "Primary Colors," "The Birdcage," "Wolf," "Regarding Henry, " "Postcards from the Edge, " "Working Girl, " "Biloxi Blues, " "Heartburn, " "Silkwood, " "Gilda Live, " "The Fortune, " "The Day of the Dolphin, " "Carnal Knowledge, "Catch-22, " "Teach Me!," "The Graduate" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?." TV: "Angels in America" and "Wit."
Other Awards: EGOT winner. EMMY: Won for "Angels in America" and "Wit." ACADEMY AWARDS: Won for "The Graduate." In addition to winning three BAFTA Awards, he was honored in 1999 at the Lincoln Center Gala for lifetime achievement, in 2001 with the National Medal of Arts, in 2003 at the Kennedy Center Honors and in 2010 with the AFI Life Achievement Award.
Trivia: Nichols first formed his comedy duo with Elaine May in 1958. The pair performed satirical acts, including An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May on Broadway, whose LP album won the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. He was one of only a few directors (such as Orson Welles and Elia Kazan) to achieve popular and artistic acclaim in both the theatre and film industries. Nichols launched the film career of the then-unknown Dustin Hoffman with "The Graduate" in 1967. The marquees of Broadway theatres were dimmed in his honor on November 21, 2014.