Oscar-Winning director Mike Nichols was pronounced dead after suddenly suffering an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, Nov. 19, ‘ABC News’ reports. He was 83.
Mike, who won the Academy Award for Best Director for the 1967 film The Graduate, was also the husband of former ‘ABC World News’ anchor Diane Sawyer, 68.
“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,” ‘ABC News’ president James Goldston said in a statement following Mike’s death.
“No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike,” he added.
Mike and Diane in June 2010.
Mike’s impressive Hollywood career spanned five decades during which he won an Oscar, four Emmys, nine Tonys, and a Grammy, among other accolades. He is one of only 12 people to have won the coveted EGOT.
The German-born director is best known for his work on films including 1966’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,’ 1970’s ‘Catch-22,’ 1983’s ‘Silkwood’ and 1988’s ‘Working Girl,’ as well as directing musicals ‘Annie’ and ‘Spamalot’ on Broadway.
Mike married newswoman Diane in 1988 and is survived by his three adult children from former marriages and four grandchildren.
Our thoughts are with the Nichols family during this difficult time.