Mike Nichols

1931 - 2014

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Mike Nichols (born Igor Mikhail Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an American film and theater director, producer, actor, and comedian. He was noted for his ability to work across a range of genres and for his aptitude for getting the best out of actors regardless of their experience. Nichols began his career in the 1950s with the comedy improvisational troupe The Compass Players, predecessor of The Second City, in Chicago. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mike Nichols has received more than 3,537,753 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Mike Nichols is the 206th most popular film director (up from 233rd in 2019), the 1,135th most popular biography from Germany (up from 1,228th in 2019) and the 14th most popular German Film Director.

Mike Nichols is most famous for directing and starring in the movie The Graduate.

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Among film directors, Mike Nichols ranks 206 out of 1,580Before him are Thea von Harbou, Alice Guy-Blaché, Agnieszka Holland, Nicholas Ray, Dino Risi, and Jerzy Skolimowski. After him are Michael Cacoyannis, John Sturges, Miklós Jancsó, Arthur Penn, John Schlesinger, and Vsevolod Pudovkin.

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Among people born in 1931, Mike Nichols ranks 72Before him are Ike Turner, Hiroto Muraoka, Takashi Takabayashi, Richard F. Heck, Alfred Brendel, and Stephen Boyd. After him are John Gavin, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hamilton O. Smith, Samir Amin, Barbara Eden, and Telê Santana. Among people deceased in 2014, Mike Nichols ranks 59Before him are Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dobrica Ćosić, James Garner, Ernesto Laclau, Veljko Kadijević, and Stephanie Kwolek. After him are Miklós Jancsó, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph H. Baer, Fred Phelps, Siegfried Lenz, and Jean-Claude Duvalier.

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Among people born in Germany, Mike Nichols ranks 1,135 out of 5,289Before him are Theodor Storm (1817), Méret Oppenheim (1913), Wilhelm Gustloff (1895), August Hirt (1898), Oskar Gröning (1921), and Paul Langerhans (1847). After him are Hugo Schmeisser (1884), Peter Sloterdijk (1947), Heinrich Barth (1821), Anna Maria van Schurman (1607), Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha (1601), and Erwin Piscator (1893).


Among film directors born in Germany, Mike Nichols ranks 14Before him are Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), Roland Emmerich (1955), Robert Siodmak (1900), and Thea von Harbou (1888). After him are Margarethe von Trotta (1942), Douglas Sirk (1897), Oskar Fischinger (1900), Lotte Reiniger (1899), Veit Harlan (1899), and Walter Ruttmann (1887).