Mike is of Jewish descent.
He fled Berlin with his family in 1939.
Mike was born in Berlin, Germany but grew up in Chicago, Illinois.
Mike became a United States citizen in 1944.
He worked at Howard Johnson's restaurant when he 17 years old.
Mike attended the University of Chicago.
He was a member of the Compass Players.
He was one of the founding members of the famed Second City Improv Company.
Mike started the Midnight Special show in Chicago on WFMT. The program was focused around folk music.
Mike was in a comedy team with actress Elaine May.
He received the first million dollar director salary for Catch-22.
He married journalist Diane Sawyer on April 29, 1988.
Mike was awarded with the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in 2001.
Mike is a contributing columnist to The Huffington Post.
He is one of the few performers to win a Academy Award, Emmy Award, Tony Award, and Grammy Award.
He has two daughters, Daisy and Jenny, and a son, Max.
Mike is the father-in-law of ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols.
He is 5' 11" (1.80 m).
Mike has been nominated for an Academy Award five times, and has won once:
-Won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1968 The Graduate
-Nominated for Best Director in 1967 for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
-Nominated for Best Director in 1984 for Silkwood
-Nominated for Best Director in 1989 for Working Girl
-Nominated for Best Picture in 1994 for The Remains of the Day
Mike directed the following plays:
-The Odd Couple
-The Real Thing