Famed director of stage and screen, Mike Nichols, has passed away this week at the age of 83. Not only a director, Nichols was also an accomplished writer, producer and Academy Award winner.

One of Mike Nichols’ most popular works was ‘The Graduate,’ the film that won him the Academy Award for Best Director back in 1968. He also adapted the critically acclaimed film ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ from play to the big-screen. Other noteworthy film adaptations in Nichols’ past include Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22, Silkwood, Working Girl and Closer in a career that stretched over 50 years.

Nichols was also a driving force behind several major Broadway productions, he won a Tony award back in 2012 for his revival of Arthur Miller’s classic ‘Death of a Salesman’. Nichols was also married to the world-famous former ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.