Nichols was married to ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and had three children from previous marriages. His most recent production was a revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, which won the director his ninth Tony award—he was among the handful of people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony.
He moved to the United States with his family in the 1930s after escaping Nazi Germany. His first stage production, Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, in 1963, was a hit, winning him his first Tony; three years later, he directed a film adaption of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, to critical success.
The director was perhaps best known for directing The Graduate, jumpstarting the career of a then unknown Dustin Hoffman.
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