Mike Nichols, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind such classics as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Catch-22, and The Birdcage, has passed away at age 83.
ABC News (U.S. network) President James Goldston made the announcement. A network spokeswoman revealed that the cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, a former anchorwoman of ABC’s World News Tonight, and leaves behind three children and four grandchildren.
“In a triumphant career that spanned over six decades, Mike created some of the most iconic works of American film, television and theatre,” James Goldston wrote in a memo released to staff.
“He was a true visionary.”
Nichols’ career took off when he joined forces with his fellow University of Chicago classmate Elaine May, with a comedy act that went on to win a Grammy for best comedy album. Nichols would go on to win awards for his work in a variety of mediums, making him one of the few people to win an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Tony.
Nichols, who won a Best Director Academy Award for his sophomore effort The Graduate, leaves behind a strong legacy in the world of entertainment.