-- intro: While the entertainment industry mourns the death of icon Mike Nichols today, the famed director will be widely remembered for his work on the screen and stage.
Nichols, the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, died Wednesday at the age of 83.
"He was a true visionary, winning the highest honors in the arts for his work as a director, writer, producer and comic and was one of a tiny few to win the EGOT-an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony in his lifetime," ABC News President James Goldston said in a statement.
"No one was more passionate about his craft than Mike."
Though Nichols found his true calling in comedy, as one half of the comic duo Nichols and May, with Elaine May, he cemented his legacy as a director.
His unparalleled career as a director, which stretched a half-century, earned him both popular and artistic success, including an Oscar and nine Tony awards.
He also leaves behind some of Hollywood's best-known films. Keep reading for a look back at Mike Nichols’ most memorable works:
quicklist: title: 'Barefoot in the Park' text: Nichols found his passion in directing after he was chosen to direct Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park," starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley, in 1963. The show was a huge hit and earned Nichols his first Tony.
quicklist: title: 'The Birdcage' text: In 1996, Nichols reunited with comedy partner May for "The Birdcage," a remake of the French film "La Cage aux Folles," starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.
quicklist: title: 'Closer' text: In 2004, he directed Julia Roberts in "Closer."
quicklist: title: 'Angels in America' text: In 2003, Nichols won his second Emmy for directing the HBO adaptation of "Angels in America." He won his first Emmy two years earlier for "Wit."
quicklist: title: 'Death of a Salesman' text: Nichols won his ninth Tony Awards two year ago when he cast Philip Seymour Hoffman, then 44, to play Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman." Accepting his award, he told the crowd, "You see before you a happy man."