Thursday, November 20, 2014
Never to be Forgotten:
Mike Nichols 1931-2014
I blush to write it, but his birthday was two weeks ago, I saw his name on imdb.com and passed right over it. His genre credits are directing the movies Day of the Dolphin with George C. Scott, Wolf with Jack Nicholson and What Planet Are You From? with Garry Shandling and Annette Bening. Bruce Weber wrote a long and glowing obituary in The New York Times today, but when he admitted Nichols' less than stellar work, he noted Day of the Dolphin and Wolf by name. Weber completely failed to mention What Planet Are You From?
Such are the rules of this blog. If someone does work in fantasy and sci-fi, even if it is minor work in their career, they get a mention. For me, since I didn't get to see the plays he directed, my favorite work of his are the comedy routines with Elaine May, hands down.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Mike Nichols, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.