Nichols, first as a performer, and then as a successful director of stage and film, cast a long shadow over Broadway and Hollywood for more than 50 years. Read the Playbill.com obituary here.
Nichols' colleagues also issued statements on his passing.
"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," said Meryl Streep, who worked with Nichols in "Angels in America," "Postcards from the Edge" and "Heartburn."
Director Steven Spielberg issued the following statement: "For me, 'The Graduate' was life altering—both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene. Mike had a brilliant cinematic eye and uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real. Actors never gave him less than their personal best—and then Mike would get from them even more."
Below are tweets and messages from the Broadway community and beyond.
Oh No, #MikeNichols Nice man brilliant director!!!! Your vision will be missed
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) November 20, 2014
— Jeff Daniels (@Jeff_Daniels) November 20, 2014
#MikeNichols a luminary, genius, and gentleman . A mix not often found. RIP
— Brían F O'Byrne (@brianfobyrne) November 20, 2014