Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has died, aged 83

Nichols directed films including 'The Graduate', 'Charlie Wilson's War' and 'Working Girl'

Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has passed away at the age of 83.

The director of The Graduate died suddenly in his sleep yesterday evening (November 19), ABC News President James Goldston wrote in an email to staff this morning. Nichols had been married to ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer from 1988 until his death.

During an incredibly distinguished career, Nichols directed some 20 films, including 1966’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, 1967’s The Graduate, 1983’s Silkwood, 1988’s Working Girl and 2004’s Closer. His final film was 2007’s Charlie Wilson’s War starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

Nichols won 1968’s Best Director Oscar for his work on The Graduate and was one of a select few individuals to have collected the so-called “EGOT” comprising Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. In addition to his film work, he directed over 20 Broadway stage productions and the award-winning TV mini-series Angels In America.

His final work as a director was the 2013 Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s play Betrayal starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.

Nichols was born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Germany in 1931, but moved to the US seven years later to escape the Nazis, whereupon his family changed their name to the more American-sounding Nichols. He began his career in an improvisational comedy troupe in the 1950s before branching out into stage and screen directing in the 1960s.

He is survived by Sawyer, his fourth wife, and three children from his previous marriages.