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"Aahhhh how I loved Mike," Garfunkel said to Billboard. "Truly. Deeply."

By Philip Cosores

The death of Mike Nichols at the age of 83 has sparked a lot of tributes and memories, both of the man and of the films he directed, from Biloxi Blues to The Birdcage.

One of Nichols’ most iconic motion pictures, The Graduate, was well known for its soundtrack, which featured Simon & Garfunkel (“Mrs. Robinson” will forever be associated with the flick, and it was even parodied in Wayne’s World 2).

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Fittingly, Art Garfunkel has paid tribute to the departed Nichols.

“Aahhhh how I loved Mike,” Garfunkel said to Billboard. “Truly. Deeply. He was the most sparkling man among us. Life will be different for us now. Earth will be a little duller. Mike Nichols is not alive. The self is a creation. Mike created an extraordinary star — so bright, so extremely clever — him-self. When you were with him, he brought you up to your best smart self, and kept it light with humor. To act for him on camera was to glide on a liquid film of intelligence. Before each scene, Mike gave his actors a brilliant and subversive insight.

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