Entertainment legend Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. The legendary director scored a number of hits on Broadway, as well as the silver screen, including the 1967 Dustin Hoffman film, The Graduate, for which Nichols won an Oscar.
Nichols' death was described as sudden by ABC News President James Goldston, who announced the news in a statement. He's one of the few in the entertainment industry to win all four major awards -- an Emmy, a Grammy an Oscar and a Tony (EGOT).
Nichols is survived by his wife, longtime ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, plus three children and four grandkids.
The news of the Hollywood legend's death has inspired many stars to take to social media to share their condolences, thoughts, and prayers:
The great Mike Nichols is gone, he gave us so much brilliant work it's staggering. We were so lucky to have him, his legacy will live on..— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) November 20, 2014
So sad to learn of the death of Mike Nichols. My heart goes out to Diane, their families & everyone who marveled in his brilliance.— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) November 20, 2014
Funniest, smartest, most generous, wisest, kindest of all. Mike Nichols, a truly good man— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) 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
This Thursday morning @GMA...we celebrate the wonderful life of an American icon. He was also a very dear friend and family to us at ABC.— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) November 20, 2014
RIP #MikeNichols What a gigantic loss!!! The greatest of the great.— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) November 20, 2014
We lost one of the greats. http://t.co/guYeIPPgRP— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) November 20, 2014
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