Filmmaker, standup comedian and theater director Mike Nichols has died at 83. A titanic chameleon — from nightclub stages with Elaine May to "Spamalot" — an incredible career.
The word legendary is bandied about too easily, but it applies here. He was a successor to George Abbott and Elia Kazan and Billy Wilder and others whose talents stretched across genres and media.
"The Birdcage" with Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman and Dianne Wiest is one of the most sustained and beautiful pieces of comic movie-making of all time. — Lars Trodson