Film, theater, and TV director Mike Nichols, the mastermind behind such classics as The Graduate, Working Girl, and Closer, has passed away at the age of 83. Nichols, who was married to ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, is one of the few individuals to win the EGOT—an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony.
ABC News president James Goldston announced the sad news on Thursday morning, calling Nichols a "true visionary" and lauding his decades long career, which began when he directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? in 1966. He was also a producer and a writer. "No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike."
"Mike had a sparkling wit and a brilliant mind. Beloved by so many in film, television and Broadway, there was no greater joy in his life than his family, and of course our own Diane Sawyer," Goldston says. "A true and beautiful love story, Mike and Diane were married for 26 years. He leaves behind three children—Daisy, Max and Jenny—and four wonderful grandchildren."
Below, celebrities react on Twitter to the loss of the talented director:
Mike Nichols gave me my start. A mentor, friend, colleague. One of the best observers of life. My thoughts are with Diane & his children.— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) November 20, 2014
So very sad to hear of Mike Nichols death. A great talent, a wonderful, bright, charming human being.— Julianne Moore (@_juliannemoore) November 20, 2014
One of the absolute greatest. RIP. Mike Nichols.— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols leaves behind a staggering body of work. He's one of the best filmmakers and stage directors ever. Influenced everyone. #GENIUS— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 20, 2014
RIP the Great Mike Nichols - elite member of the pantheon of directors whether stage screen or tv. Any conversation was rich w/wit & wisdom— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) November 20, 2014
Thank you, Mike Nichols.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) November 20, 2014
RIP #MikeNichols What a gigantic loss!!! The greatest of the great.— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) November 20, 2014
The great Mike Nichols is gone, he gave us so much brilliant work it's staggering. We were so lucky to have him, his legacy will live on..— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) November 20, 2014
So sad to learn of the death of Mike Nichols. My heart goes out to Diane, their families & everyone who marveled at his brilliance.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) November 20, 2014
What an incredible loss of the consummate filmmaker Mike Nichols. He made us examine our true humanity. Always. pic.twitter.com/h2Nfo2Guos— Elizabeth Perkins (@Elizbethperkins) November 20, 2014
Thankyou To the Legendary Mike Nichols for directing me in my Broadway debut. I am forever grateful. pic.twitter.com/A6vdhDkUIW— Anna Camp (@TheRealAnnaCamp) November 20, 2014
Oh No, #MikeNichols Nice man brilliant director!!!! Your vision will be missed— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) November 20, 2014
Thank you Mike Nichols. And here's to you Mrs. Robinson. RIP— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) November 20, 2014
Good-bye Mike Nichols. Thank you for leaving us with your masterpiece, "The Graduate". #RIP— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 20, 2014
we've lost one of the greats. rest in peace, Mike Nichols— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols-you are one of the all time greats. A deeply kind soul, and an incredible artist. You will be greatly missed. RIP sir.— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) November 20, 2014