The range of Mike Nichols’ work during his long career was reflected in the outpouring from friends and fans on social media Thursday morning following the news of the director-producer’s death at the age of 83.
Everyone who knew Mike Nichols at all had this in common. (And this is hard truth.) We felt blessed for every moment we spent with him. God.
— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) 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
We lost the legendary Mike Nichols today. A pioneer of stage and film. A true visionary and a friend.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols is a genius who uses his powers to make us laugh and cry and think and feel more alive.
I don't want to apply the past tense.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 20, 2014
We lost a legend today. RIP Mike Nichols. You made your mark on this world, and damned if it wasn't a fantastic one at that.
— om (@oliviamunn) 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
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
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
Thank you Mike Nichols. And here's to you Mrs. Robinson. RIP
— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) November 20, 2014
Funniest, smartest, most generous, wisest, kindest of all. Mike Nichols, a truly good man
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 20, 2014
RIP, the truly ground breaking Mike Nichols: EGOT winner, comedy legend, one of the best directors of all time, an amazing 60 year career.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols was in the same league with Billy Wilder when it came to staging and camera placement. A true master of human dynamics.
— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) November 20, 2014
The theater lost a genius in Mike Nichols, and its flag is at half mast.
— Norman Lear (@TheNormanLear) November 20, 2014
— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols – Never heard him sing opera but he had the rest of show biz conquered. Writer, performer, director extraordinaire. A sweetie.
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) 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
Mike Nichols, your great work endures you. Thank you for all of it. Rest in peace.
— Jamie Bell (@1jamiebell) November 20, 2014
RIP Mike Nichols, a true genius. Watch one or five of his movies this weekend
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols was equally talented, generous, smart and kind. It was an honor to know him.
— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) November 20, 2014
we've lost one of the greats. rest in peace, Mike Nichols
— Elijah Wood (@elijahwood) November 20, 2014
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols was a true visionary. So sad to hear of his passing this morning.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols??! So sad. What a legend.
— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) November 20, 2014
Very sad to hear the news about Mike Nichols. Fantastic, hilarious human. Friend to all at ABC News. We are thinking of Diane today.
— Dan Harris (@danbharris) November 20, 2014
— Al Roker (@alroker) November 20, 2014
it seems impossible that mike nichols is gone. a hero to me and so many. what an enormous loss.
— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) November 20, 2014
Sad to hear of Mike Nichols passing – eternal in his gifts to American culture: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?" to "Angels." Dues paid.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols. Have always been in denial that he was mortal. RIP.
— Pedro Pascal (@PedroPascal1) November 20, 2014
RIP Mike Nichols. One less genius on the planet.
— Jason O'Mara (@jason_omara) November 20, 2014
R.I.P. Mike Nichols – one of the greats.
— 🌎Joshua Malina🌎 (@JoshMalina) November 20, 2014
RIP Mike Nichols. A comedy genius and a legendary director.
— Lizz Resistead (@lizzwinstead) November 20, 2014
RIP Mike Nichols. The worlds of both stage and screen are diminished without your artistry.
— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) November 20, 2014
Dim the lights. Thank you, Mike Nichols
— Sarah Treem (@SarahTreem) November 20, 2014
So sad to hear about the passing of Mike Nichols. What an incredible talent! Truly a legend and innovator. Thoughts are w/ @DianeSawyer
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols. Gave me my Equity card and changed my life. One of the great artists of our time. His profound gifts will be missed by all!
— Jon Tenney (@JonTenney) November 20, 2014
The long shadow cast by departing greatness. A dazzling mind. A heart like a palace. My beautiful friend Mike Nichols.
— John Patrick Shanley (@JohnJpshanley) November 20, 2014
So sad to hear about the passing of Mike Nichols. He was a favorite of mine. RIP
— Danielle Panabaker (@dpanabaker) November 20, 2014
Met Mike Nichols when he was directing "Postcards from the Edge." He was gracious and exuded class without trying.
— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) November 20, 2014
Mike Nichols defined the Chicago School of Comedy & sharpened it to genius. RIP. Laughs (and God) are in the details.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 20, 2014