Mike Nichols died on Wednesday at 83, leaving behind a storied body of award-winning work that involved a number of the biggest writers and actors in the industry. Having garnered an EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—Nichols’ work has touched every facet of the entertainment industry, and many of those he collaborated with have honored his memory.
Below is a collection of the statements released so far, with updates to come.
Sam Mendes: Mike’s genius on stage and on screen – with actors, writers, collaborators – was beyond question. He was a giant. But as many others like myself can testify, he also had a genius for friendship. He went out of his way to guide and mentor many young directors, who offered little in return except idolatry. I was one of those lucky enough to be counted amongst his friends. And – of course – he was my idol.
“An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man.”
Julia Roberts: “There are so few heroes in our world. So few impeccable craftsmen, so few people who personify unconditional love and friendship. Mike Nichols was like no other. In every way he was remarkable and amazing.
His musings were like pearls, his jokes were timeless and perfectly placed, his stories—detailed and wholly entertaining, his warm embrace was where you wanted to live forever.
He savored life and friends and French macaroons. He always, always told the truth. He loved Diane utterly, immeasurably, magically. He was my most cherished friend.”
Nathan Lane: “Along with Elaine May, Mike Nichols changed the face of comedy. He was an irreplaceable and loving genius who also changed my life. My heartfelt condolences to Diane and his family.”
Tony Kushner: “Mike brought a consummate understanding of theatricality to his films, a great filmmaker’s grasp of narrative to his stage work, and to both he brought his rigorous intelligence, emotional courage, discipline, taste, and infinite wit—a classicist, an engaged and protean artist, a truly original, utterly remarkable mensch of a man. Mike inspired me, challenged me, brought me much joy and, when I needed it, real comfort; he was a magnificent friend. I loved him very much.”
John Goodman: “He made me feel as though I were a full partner or co-conspirator in finding clues to solve the puzzle; like a really slow Dr. Watson. It’s hard to imagine a world without him.”
John Travolta: “Mike Nichols was a true artist and visionary. He was royalty and made any one he loved and admired feel the same. I will miss him and forever be grateful for his talent and care. Love you Mike.”
Steve Spielberg released a statement earlier today.