Mike Nichols Biography (1931-)

Original name, Michael Igor Peschkowsky; surname legally changed, 1939; bornNovember 6, 1931, in Berlin, Germany; naturalized U.S. citizen, 1944; son ofNicholaievitch (a physician) and Brigitte (maiden name, Landauer) Peschkowsky; married Patricia Scott (a singer), 1957 (divorced, 1960); married Margot Callas, 1963 (divorced, 1974); married Annabel Davis-Goff (a screenwriter; divorced); married Diane Sawyer (a television journalist), April 19, 1988; children: (first marriage) Daisy; (third marriage) Max, Jenny. Addresses: Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.;Publicist: The Dart Group, 140 West 57th St., Suite 14B, New York, NY 10019.;Office: Icarus Productions, 200 West 57th St., #1304, New York, NY 10019-3211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
November 6, 1931
Berlin, Germany

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Director
  • Barefoot in the Park, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • The Knack, New Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Luv, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • The Odd Couple, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • The Apple Tree, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • The Little Foxes, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Plaza Suite, Plymouth Theatre, 1968
  • The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Uncle Vanya, Circle in the Square/Joseph E. Levine Theatre, New York City, 1973
  • Comedians, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Streamers, New York Shakespeare Festival, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • The Gin Game, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, then John GoldenTheatre, New York City, both 1977, later Lyric Theatre, London, 1979
  • Drinks before Dinner, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Long Wharf Theatre, 1980
  • Lunch Hour, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Fools, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1981
  • The Real Thing, Plymouth Theatre, 1984
  • Hurlyburly, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, then Promenade Theatre,New York City, later Ethel Barrymore Theatre, all 1984
  • Social Security, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1986
  • Standup Shakespeare, Theatre 890, New York City, 1987
  • Waiting for Godot, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, 1988
  • Elliot Loves, Goodman Theatre, then Promenade Theatre, both 1990
  • Death and the Maiden, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • James Naughton: Street of Dreams, Promenade Theatre, 1999
  • The Seagull, Delacorte Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, 2001
  • Spamalot (also known as Monty Python's "Spamalot"), Chicago, IL, 2004-2005, then Shubert Theatre, 2005
  • Also directed The Importance of Being Earnest, Vancouver, BritishColumbia, Canada.
  • Stage Producer
  • (With Hume Cronyn), The Gin Game, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, then John Golden Theatre, New York City, both 1977, later Lyric Theatre, London, 1979
  • (With Lewis Allen, Irwin Meyer, and Stephen R. Friedman) Annie, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • (With Allen) Billy Bishop Goes to War, Theatre de Lys, then Morosco Theatre, both New York City, 1980
  • (With Emanuel Azenberg) Grownups, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • (With Azenberg) Whoopi Goldberg, Lyceum Theatre, 1984
  • Word of Mouth, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • James Naughton: Street of Dreams, Promenade Theatre, 1999
  • The Play What I Wrote, Lyceum Theatre, 2003
  • Whoppi (solo), Lyceum Theatre, 2004
  • Stage Production Supervisor
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Lyceum Theatre, 1984
  • Major Tours
  • Director, Barefoot in the Park, U.S. cities, 1964
  • Director, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, U.S. cities, 1972-73
  • Director and (with Hume Cronyn) producer, The Gin Game, U.S. cities, 1978
  • (With others) Producer, Annie, U.S. and Canadian cities, 1978-81
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, JohnGolden Theatre, 1960
  • Howard Miller, A Matter of Position, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1962
  • George, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1980
  • Jack, The Designated Mourner, National Theatre, London, 1996
  • Made stage debut with Playwrights Theatre Club, Chicago, IL; appeared inSaint Joan, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Film Work
  • Director, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Warner Bros., 1966
  • Director and producer, The Graduate, Embassy, 1967
  • Director, Catch-22, Filmways, 1970
  • Director and producer, Carnal Knowledge, Avco-Embassy, 1971
  • Director, The Day of the Dolphin, Avco-Embassy, 1973
  • Director and (with Don Devlin) producer, The Fortune (also known as Spite and Malice), Columbia, 1975
  • Director, Gilda Live, Warner Bros., 1980
  • Director and (with Michael Hausman) producer, Silkwood, TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1983
  • Director and (with Robert Greenhut) producer, Heartburn, Paramount, 1986
  • Executive producer, The Longshot, Orion, 1986
  • Director, Biloxi Blues (also known as Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"), Universal, 1988
  • Director, Working Girl, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1988
  • Director and (with John Calley) producer, Postcards from the Edge,Columbia, 1990
  • Director and (with Scott Rudin) producer, Regarding Henry, Paramount, 1991
  • (With Calley and Ismail Merchant) Producer, The Remains of the Day, Columbia, 1993
  • Director, Wolf, Columbia, 1994
  • Director and producer, The Birdcage (also known as Birds of a Feather and La cage aux folles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Director and producer, Primary Colors (also known as Perfect Couple and Mit aller Macht), Universal, 1997
  • Producer, The Designated Mourner, First Look Pictures, 1997
  • Director and producer, What Planet Are You From?, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000
  • Producer and director, Closer, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2004
  • Also worked on Bonnie and Clyde.
  • Film Appearances
  • A man, Bach to Bach, 1967
  • Jack, The Designated Mourner, 1997
  • Protestor, Instant Dread, 1998
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • (With Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg) Executive producer, Family, ABC, 1976-80
  • Miniseries
  • Executive producer and director, Angels in America, HBO, 2003
  • Movies
  • Director, The Gin Game, 1981
  • Specials
  • Executive producer, Broadway: An Evening with Mike Nichols and ElaineMay, c. 1960
  • Executive producer and director, Wit, HBO, 2001
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Panelist, Laugh Line, NBC, 1959
  • Himself, That Was the Week That Was, NBC, 1964
  • Himself, In the Life, PBS, 1992
  • Miniseries
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself, The Fifties (documentary), History Channel, 1997
  • Specials
  • Accent on Love, NBC, 1959
  • The Fabulous '50s, CBS, 1960
  • Jack Paar Presents, NBC, 1960
  • The Jack Paar Special, NBC, 1960
  • Himself, The 40th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1968
  • Himself, The 42nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1970
  • A Last Laugh at the '60s, ABC, 1970
  • Himself, The Great Standups, 1984
  • The 39th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1985
  • Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes All-Star 50th Anniversary, 1986
  • "Richard Burton: In from the Cold," Great Performances, PBS, 1989
  • "Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs" (also known as "Simply Simon: A Neil Simon Retrospective"), American Masters, PBS, 1989
  • The 14th Annual Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the PerformingArts, CBS, 1991
  • "Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time," American Masters, PBS, 1993
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, CBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Himself, Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light, 1995
  • Interviewee, Nichols and May--Take Two, PBS, 1996
  • Interviewee, Catch-22, 1996
  • Himself, What Makes You Laugh?, 1997
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 13th Annual Hall of Fame, Showtime, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Diane von Furstenberg (documentary), Lifetime,2000
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Harrison Ford, CBS, 2000
  • The Kennedy Center: Mark Twain Prize--Celebrating Whoopie Goldberg, PBS, 2001
  • Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch, The WB, 2002
  • Honoree, The 26th Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 2003
  • Presenter, AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Meryl Streep, USA, 2004
  • Himself, The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2004
  • Presenter, The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2005
  • Episodic
  • The Jack Paar Show, NBC, 1957
  • Rod Carter, "The Red Mill," The DuPont Show of the Month, 1958
  • "The Suburban Review," Omnibus, 1958
  • Himself, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, 1958, 1959
  • Laugh Line, NBC, 1959
  • Arthur Millman, "Journey to the Day," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1960
  • Inside the Actors Studio, 1995
  • Also appeared in The Today Show, NBC; The Perry Como Show,NBC.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May, 1961
  • WRITINGS
  • For Stage
  • Special material, The Carol Burnett Show, produced at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, 1966
  • (With Albert Todd) Adapter, Uncle Vanya, produced at Circle in theSquare/Joseph E. Levine Theatre, 1973
  • Television Specials
  • (With Ken Welch) Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall, CBS, 1962
  • (With Emma Thompson) Wit (adapted from the play of the same title), HBO, 2001

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement, Volume 20, Gale Group,2000
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, 4th ed., St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Film Comment, May/June, 1991, p. 27; May, 1999, p. 10
    • Interview, April, 1998, p. 102
    • Newsweek, May 6, 1996, pp. 84-85
    • Variety, May 10, 1999, p. 4

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