The untold truth of Rachel Nichols’ husband

Max Nichols is an American film and music video director, born on December 9, 1973 in New York, United States. He is probably best known to the public as the husband of sports journalist Rachel Nichols.

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Youth and education

Max was born the first son of novelist Annabel Davis-Goff and director Mike Nichols. He has a younger sister named Jenny and an older step-sister named Daisy from his father’s previous marriage to Margot Callas. There is no further information about Max’s childhood or upbringing.


Max Nichols began his career working for Tommy Boy Music, a record company in New York. He rose through the ranks in the company, becoming musical director.

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Music Videos

Max began 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, BB King and others. Some of the music videos he has directed are “Broken Ones” by Jacquie Lee, “Fall For You” by Leela James, “Just Breathe” by Willie Nelson, and “Declaration” by Kirk Franklin.


Inspired by the work of his own father, Max made his film debut as a director in 2014, with the film “Two Night Stands”, the story of Megan and Alec, two strangers who meet via a dating site. While trapped in Alec’s apartment, they are forced to come to terms with each other’s personalities and their feelings about it.

Max expressed his thoughts on the film: ‘…the electronic dating slash connection made the aftermath of being dumped, as Megan just was, easy and private.’

Max Nichols introduced the film’s plot to his father Mike, and simultaneously realized that the film reflected his history with his own wife, Rachel: “He (Max’s father) wisely introduced the subject of whether the relationship of Megan and Alec’s ambition was a trap…. We eventually concluded that they were giving each other permission to want what they really wanted, rather than what they were 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”, with 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 was also credited as director for “Chemistry Lessons” and “Heft,” but those projects are still in post-production and don’t yet have a release date.

Private life

Famous Wife – Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols is a sports journalist, known for being the TV host for various sports channels. She was born on October 18, 1973, in Maryland, United States. She attended Northwestern University, from where she earned a degree in journalism. Her career began in the early 1990s, when she began writing for the sports pages of various magazines such as the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Washington Post section for the National Hockey League (NHL).

In 2004, she made her television debut when she joined ESPN and appeared as the host of various shows on the network, including “Monday Night Countdown”, “SportsCenter”, “The Jump” and “Sunday NFL Countdown”. She also hosted the CNN show “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols.”

Rachel and Max met as teenagers at a summer camp in Maine, where they became friends but nothing romantic happened between them. Years later, they reunited and fell in love. They have been (apparently happily) married since May 25, 2001 and have two children together.

Although Max is known to be the husband of Rachel Nichol, her parents are also prominent figures in Hollywood.

Rachel Nichols

Father – Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols was a German-born director, producer and comedian, born in 1931. He began his career in the 1950s with “The Compass Players”, and continued to work on other projects such as plays “Barefoot in the Park” and “The Odd Couple”. He made his film debut as director of the film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” who won five Academy Awards and critical acclaim for his work. The following year, he directed the film “The Graduate”, which earned him the Oscar for best director.

Mike was 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 remained together for 11 years until their divorce in 1974. .

Mike married his third wife Annabel Davis-Goff in 1975, and they had 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, his most famous book is “Walled Gardens”, published in 1990, which became an Irish bestseller. The book centers on the story of an Irish girl and her memories growing up in an upper-class Protestant family. Molly Keane of The Spectator described Annabel’s writing: “Her storytelling has a brilliant social anthropology quality (…) she writes with a delicacy of touch and a beauty of style.”

Annabel was also the author of the 1987 TV movie “Stamp of a Killer.” She still currently teaches literature at Bennington College in Vermont.

Net value

Mike Nichols reportedly left a $20 million inheritance to his widow and children (Max included) when he died in 2014. However, there is no information on how the money was distributed. Along with this and Max’s work as a film and music video director, he has a net worth estimated by various sources at over $2.5 million, as of 2020.


Max Nichols is of white ethnicity, but his height and weight are unknown.

Interesting facts

He is a fan of metal music and car racing.

His wife Rachel was included in Esquire’s “Women We Love” list.

Max is Jewish.

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