Mike Nichols, Oscar-winning director of the classic film as The Graduate, died Wednesday night in Manhattan at the age of 83.
The filmmaker’s death was announced by ABC News. Nichols was married for 26 years to the network’s longtime news anchor Diane Sawyer. The cause of death was reported as cardiac arrest.
An icon in the entertainment industry, Nichols moved effortlessly between film, theater, and television throughout his career. In addition to the many awards and honors he received in his lifetime, he was one of only a handful of entertainers to win an Oscar (for directing 1967’s The Graduate), Emmy (he won two for the HBO projects Wit and Angels in America), Grammy (for a comedy album in 1961), and Tony award. He won an astonishing 9 Tonys in all, a run that included 7 for best director starting with 1964’s Barefoot in the Park and ending with his 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Nichols’ film directing career spanned over five decades, beginning with his 1966 adaptation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, one of the greatest film debuts of all time.