Award-winning director and entertainment legend Mike Nichols has suddenly died. He was 83 years old.
Nichols’ death was announced in a statement by ABC News President James Goldston.
“He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT— an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime,” Goldston said in the statement. “No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike.”
Nichols’ career stretched over a half-century with countless accolades including an Oscar, four Emmys, a Grammy and nine Tony Awards, which reflected his unrivaled brilliance in the industry.
Nichols will be remembered by many for his incredible directorial skills. Some of his most memorable films include The Odd Couple, Silkwood, Working Girl, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer and the 1967 film he won an Oscar for best director, The Graduate.
“The greatest thrill is that moment when a thousand people are sitting in the dark, looking at the same scene, and they are all apprehending something that has not been spoken,” Nichols previously told The New York Times. “That’s the thrill of it, the miracle — that’s what holds us to movies forever. It’s what we wish we could do in real life. We all see something and understand it together, and nobody has to say a word.”
Most recently, the German-born director had been working on a project with HBO to adapt the Tony Award-winning play Master Class.
Nichols is survived by his wife, former ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, and his three adult children from previous marriages: Daisy, Max and Jenny, as well as four grandchildren.
According to the Business Insider, “the family will hold a small, private service this week, and a memorial will be held at a later date.”
Our thoughts are with Nichols’ family and friends, and everyone who loved him, during this sad time.