Max Nichols is an American film and music video director, born on 9 December 1973, in New York, USA. He’s probably better known to the public for being sports journalist Rachel Nichols’ husband.
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Early Life and Education
Max was born the first son of novelist Annabel Davis-Goff and film director Mike Nichols. He has a younger sister named Jenny, and an older step-sister named Daisy, born from his father’s previous marriage to Margot Callas. There’s no other information about Max’s childhood or early education.
Max Nichols started his career working for Tommy Boy Music, a recording company in New York. He has worked his way higher in the company, becoming a music executive.
Director Max Nichols and James L. Brooks seen at eONE Films US Los Angeles Premiere of "Two Night Stand" on Tuesday, Sep…
Max started his career as a music video director in the 2000s. He has worked alongside artists such as Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, T-Pain, Willie Nelson, B.B. King and others. Some of the music videos he’s directed are Jacquie Lee’s “Broken Ones”, Leela James’ “Fall For You”, Willie Nelson’s “Just Breathe” and Kirk Franklin’s “Declaration”.
Inspired by his own father’s work, Max made his film debut as a director in 2014, with the movie “Two Night Stands”, the story of Megan and Alec, two strangers who meet through a dating website. While trapped inside Alec’s apartment, they are forced to deal with each other’s personalities and their feelings about it.
Max expressed his thoughts on the film: ‘…electronic dating slash hooking up has made the aftermath of being jilted, as Megan just was, easy and private.’
Max Nichols presented the movie’s plot to his father Mike, and simultaneously realized the movie reflected his story with his own wife, Rachel: ‘he (Max’s father) wisely introduced the topic of whether Megan and Alec’s relationship to ambition was a pitfall…. We ultimately concluded that they were giving each other permission to want what they really want, rather than what they’re supposed to want….I first heard that from my wife when we were dating’.
In 2017 Max directed the episode “Oasis” of the series “Day 5”, starring Jesse C. Boyd.
The drama series is set in a post-apocalyptic world, in which a group of people try to fight an epidemic that has affected the entire human race.
Max Nichols has also been credited as the director of “Chemistry Lessons” and “Heft”, but said projects are still in post-production and don’t have a release date yet.
Famous Spouse – Rachel Nichols
Rachel Nichols is a sports journalist, known from being the TV host for various sports channels. She was born on 18 October 1973, in Maryland, USA. She attended Northwestern University, from where she graduated with a degree in Journalism. Her career started in the early 1990s, when she started writing on the sports’ pages of various journals such as the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Washington Post’s section for the National Hockey League (NHL).
In 2004 she made her debut On television when she joined ESPN, and has appeared as the host of various shows on the network, including “Monday Night Countdown”, “SportsCenter”, “The Jump” and “Sunday NFL Countdown”. She also hosted CNN’s show “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols”.
Rachel and Max met as teens during a summer camp in Maine, where they became friends but nothing romantic happened between them. Years later, they met again and fell in love. They have been (apparently happily) married since 25 May 2001, and have two children together.
Although Max is known for being Rachel Nichol’s husband, his parents are also important figures in Hollywood.
Father – Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols was a director, producer and comedian of German origins, born in 1931. He started his career in the 1950s with “The Compass Players”, and continued with work on other projects such as the theatre plays “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Odd Couple”. His debut on films was as the director of the movie “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” which won five Academy Awards and the approval of critics for his work. The next year he directed the movie “The Graduate”, which won him the Academy Award for Best Director.
Mike married four times: his first wife was Patricia Scott in 1957, but the couple divorced in 1960. Three years later he married Margot Callas, with whom he had a daughter named Daisy Nichols – they were together for 11 years until their divorce in 1974.
Mike married his third wife Annabel Davis-Goff in 1975, and they welcomed two children, Max and Jenny, but the couple divorced in 1986. Mike’s fourth wife was Diane Sawyer, who was an anchor for ABC, and who remained Mike’s wife until his death from a heart attack in 2014.
Mother – Annabel Davis-Goff
Annabel Davis-Goff is a novelist and screenwriter, born in Ireland in 1942. She is the author of various books such as “The Dower House”, “The Fox’s Walk” and “This Cold Country”. However, her most famous book is “Walled Gardens”, published in 1990, which became an Irish Best Seller. The book centers on the story of an Irish girl and her memoirs growing up in an upper-class Protestant family. Molly Keane from Spectator described Annabel’s writing: ‘Her narrative has a quality of brilliant social anthropology (…) she writes with a delicacy of touch and beauty of style’.
Annabel was also the writer of the TV movie “Stamp of a Killer” of 1987. She currently still teaches literature at Bennington College in Vermont.
Mike Nichols reportedly left an inheritance of $20 million to his widow and children (Max included) when he died in 2014. There’s no information about the way the money was distributed, though. Along with this and Max’s work as a movie and music video’s director, he has a net worth estimated by various sources of over $2.5 million, as of 2020.
Max Nichols is of white ethnicity, but his stature and weight are unknown.
He’s a fan of metal music, and auto racing.
His wife Rachel was included in the list “Women We Love” by Esquire.
Max is Jewish.